I have seen a greater and greater emphasis on more and more gate training at the expense of free skiing. The end product is a racer who can ski. My observation over many years is that a skier who can race will always beat a racer who can ski.
Victor Wiacek tells the harrowing story of a routine ski crash and how it led to a life-threatening ski laceration. Victor almost lost his life, saved by coaches, ski patrol and medical staff who were trained and ready to respond. Now he's working on a solution to try to prevent future accidents. More photos included (strong stomach required).
Watching videos of yourself and World Cup racers is a powerful tool for strengthening important mental muscles such as confidence, intensity, and focus.
Reading through the recent round of articles, letters and comments related to the friction between USSS and NCAA skiing, the phrase that keeps coming to mind is “Same team! Same team!”
In one of my final post this past season, I exhorted you to buy into the notion that Next Season Starts…NOW! With...
College programs operate with solid financial resources and typically excellent facilities, staff and support systems, thanks to the presence of collegiate funding. For the NGB, this is an opportunity to broaden the developmental base.
If you’re at all committed as a ski racer, with the past winter well behind us, you have begun a rigorous physical conditioning program the goal of which is to have you in the best shape of your life when the new season starts later this year.
When it come to parenting, the 1972 Olympic slalom champion's famed pedigree has given her a unique perspective
Mental imagery is the key to success year-round, and something that can easily be practiced at home.
While returning to snow remains a mystery for some, it has already arrived for others.
The off-season is now underway and you are probably hitting the gym and, hopefully, hitting the slopes soon as well some...
Editor's Note: This is an encore presentation of a previously published article that never gets old. The race season...
The Health of Sport Task Force was created during the 2019 U.S. Ski & Snowboard Congress, and charged with looking into...
Kelley and Doug Lewis have developed a “complete athlete” program that brings all of the best elements of ELITEAM summer camps to your doorstep.
Today's fastest skiers are also some of the strongest the sport has ever known.
Let me begin with a question: What does the COVID-19 crisis have in common with a ski race?
Nothing outside of ski racing itself can emulate the actions and forces one encounters while slicing through slalom gates or flying down a super G course, but we can do ourselves an extraordinary favor and better prepare for these circumstances through effective training methods.
With ski season coming to an abrupt end, use mental imagery to continue to develop your skiing technically, tactically, and mentally away from the hill.
The recent pandemic leaves most of us without access to a gym. Despite this inconvenience, one can choose to throw in the towel all together or attempt to make oneself better through daily in-home workouts.
Consistency is particularly hard during the long and exhausting season. Travel, cold weather, intense training, a lot of races, and having to balance school, friends, and ski racing can just plain wear you down.
Parent coaches are an exception but those who fight their way onto the World Cup tour produced countless winners.
When it comes to collegiate alpine ski racing, NCAA Division I is not the only game in town. Find the right USCSA college to match your academic and ski racing goals.
What should you do the day before a race? Should you rest completely? Take the day off? Ski a couple runs? Full length...
Embracing failure is critical for all athletes, but especially for ski racers. Everything about ski racing is tough.