CXC Skiing just wrapped up the 10th Annual CXC/Birkie Junior Technique Camp at Telemark Resort in Cable, WI. The camp was attended by over 20 middle- and high-school skiers from Minnesota and Wisconsin. The technique intensive camp meant spending a lot of time on roller skis. Despite a variety of abilities, ranging from first time roller skiers to Junior Olympics participants, the skiers were able to break into small groups and focus on skills relative to their ability. Coaches for the camp included Olympian and CXC Junior Development Program Coach Igor Badamshin, CXC Team Vertical Limit Coach Bryan Fish, CXC Regional Development Coach Bill Pierce, CXC Events and Adaptive Program Director Scott Wilson, and CXC Team Vertical Limit/US Ski Team member Garrott Kuzzy. Each coach worked with the various groups, providing individual instruction for each athlete.
Mornings started with a jog to the top of Mt. Telemark and stretch overlooking beautiful Northwestern Wisconsin. Coach Fish led skiers through a series of coordination and agility drills, while Coach Badamshin worked on ski specific strength and balance using Russian bungee cords. â€œThe agility course taught me some great drills to improve my power on skis,â€ commented Paul Schommer of Kimberly, WI.
After breakfast, skiers broke into groups to hone their ski technique through a variety of drills. While some skiers learned to balance on skis at high speeds doing the V2 hop skate, others focused on the perfect timing for their classic kick. Practically everyone took a spill at one point during the camp, but as Sam Egelhoff, who took arguably the most impressive dive during the week, put it: â€œIâ€™m learning my limits and how far I can push myself. . .I love to ski fast!â€
Roller skis were not the only place the skiers were diving. Each workout ended with a dip in the pool at Telemark. The best dives, however, were at Lake Owen, where the group ended one of their workouts with a barbecue and some tubing on the lake. Tubing around the lake led to some big air and high speed splashes.
The final day of the camp wrapped up with some informal relay races, giving everyone the chance to show off what they had learned during the week. Coach Fish said, â€œIt was great to see how much everyone improved this week. Now itâ€™s imperative that everyone continue to master these skills over the rest of the summer and fall so that these skills translate to skiing fast on snow this winter.â€