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What Makes a Great Ski Racer?

What Makes a Great Ski Racer?
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One coach says it's not just about how good you are.

Georg Capaul has coached nearly every level of ski racer including Olympians. Now, a high school coach, we caught up with Capaul to talk about what makes a great racer and what his time coaching has taught him.

What are your qualifications as a coach?

What I Learned: Woodward at Copper

Good news for trying to keep up (survive?) with your kids on the slopes. Yeah, you really can teach an old dog new tricks.

“I’m not so sure about this.” That’s the thought playing in my head as I step up to the thick blue mats inside Woodward at Copper’s vaulted space, known as the Barn. Am I nervous about flying down a 41-degree slope of synthetic snow into a seven-foot-deep pit filled with blue foam blocks? Well, yes. Am I nervous about sliding down said slope in front of a dozen 10- to 16-year-old park rats? Totally. 

What I Learned: Women's Freeride Ski Camp

Self-doubt can be paralyzing—or it can be empowering.

In my experience, chutes always look their steepest, narrowest, and scariest from above. So I’m caught off guard by the paralyzing fear that grips me when I’m standing nearly a quarter-mile away from La Parva’s La Chiminea. The tributary cut from the Andean rock walls looks ominous. Catch an edge in there and you’re toast. Are those tears pooling in the foam liner of my goggles? What is wrong with me?

What I Learned: CMH Film School

Fact: You can make a rad ski edit without a fancy camera or mad editing skills.

It makes me wish I had my GoPro on right now, so I won’t miss a word Guy Clarkson says about shooting and editing ski action footage. He’s dropping tips and techniques faster than I can adequately process them, imparting his knowledge readily, efficiently, without reserve or condescension.

PointZero1 Race Camp

Learning to ski like a World Cup champ.

Everybody is staring at me. I can hardly blame them. It’s not often you see a 36-year-old guy standing in the liftline wearing a snow-white speed suit that’s so tight his kidneys are showing. Under the blaring sunshine here at Utah’s Canyons Resort, I’m practically glowing.

Train with the U.S. Ski Team: Heavy Half Squats

Here's a good in-season, low stress exercise to power your turns

Train with the U.S. Ski Team: Drop Jumps

Here’s a simple exercise to increase power in your legs.

Train with the U.S. Ski Team: Romanian Dead Lifts

Protect your knees by strengthening your hammies.

Conditioning for skiing has two benefits. The first is no surprise: The better shape you’re in, the better you’ll ski. But being fit also helps reduce your chance of injury. Here, Ernie Reimer, USSA’s Strength and Conditioning Coach, and U.S. Ski Team athlete Kiley Staples take you through a step-by-step introduction to a workout with our favorite name: Romanian Dead Lifts. This exercise strengthens hamstrings, helping to reduce the chance for knee and ACL injuries.

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