That’s the Spirit!

In case you missed it, Robby Kelley showed the world what’s he’s made of this week. The Cochran Clan, Vermonter, Redneck Racer, Catamount, US Ski Teamer when it suits him, ski racer to the core was on his way to a breakthrough World Cup finish in Schladming. Making it to the second run in a World Cup slalom is a minor miracle. Making it down both runs full tilt is divine. Kelley was almost there. … » read more

Girl Power, Part Deux

Last week I talked about Girls Power Camp. This week, as promised, we’re getting into the goods, with advice straight from some of the World’s best skiers. Before delving into that though, I wanted to bring it back to the grass roots. I had a chance to catch up with a couple of girls who went to the camp—one on each end of the age spectrum— and heard what the camp did for them. Lucy … » read more

People Slalom

One of the first things you learn when coaching young kids is the art of the People Slalom. Essentially it’s a DIY slalom course using people as gates in a somewhat orderly, snakelike procession down the hill. For kids just learning the game, a comparative grown-up goes first, marking an x where each person should stop. As kids gain experience and (one hopes) maturity, they can place themselves, making people slalom into a self-perpetuating run … » read more