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Mar 27 Vol. 1 Issue 6

Rookie Party madness! Thanks for all the great events, Rookies!!


USE THE SKILL WHEEL TO SAVE YOUR BRAIN! Here’s a simple tool that will help you, and your clients, sort the information you are giving them. by Kate Howe Put your coaching cues on a skill wheel to keep track of them. Focus on one thing for a while, then turn the wheel. Squatty Schuller said it best. Is it easier to juggle nine balls or three? That’s right. Three. And how many different cues have you just given your client? How many different things do YOU think about while you are trying to make a turn? Well, in an 18 part turn, in the finish of the initiation, I... guess what. The turn is over. You are skiing in your brain. But the information you were given by your clinician is what you need to work on! And you need your clients to work on what you gave them, as well! How do we reconcile these things? Ahhh!

Try this nifty little tool to get your info under control. First, distill each direction into a nugget. Instead of “Elbows in front of spine, hands outside of elbows, active arms, but quiet.” Ask this question: “Are my hands where I want them?” If yes, great. Ski ten or twenty more turns like that, checking in on every third turn or so, “Are my hands where I want them?” then, turn your Skill Wheel. I have fore/aft issues and I’m trying to move forward, but I’m supposed to feel my whole foot, but lots of times I feel the heel. Right. That’s too much to think about. Try this: “Can I feel my whole foot?” If yes, great, ski it for a half a run, checking in to see that stays true. If not, fix it. Pick no more than six things for your skill wheel for yourself, and no more than four things for your client. Prioritize your wheel so that the first skill is either the easiest to accomplish, or the thing that will have the biggest impact when its


accomplished, depending on the type of learner you are dealing with.





I didn’t tell the kids that to discourage them. On the contrary. But I think we sometimes confuse “wanting the results of the win” with wanting what it takes to get there. Here’s what I told the ones that still wanted it. Find something that you love about the journey. Know that the medal is a sign post in the future that you are heading toward. You have a goal, a direction you are heading. Now, your job is really hard. Let go of the outcome. Find everything you can about the journey to love. People who can embrace the totality of their training have longevity in their sport, and are less shaken by the bumps that inevitably occur along the way. You can stay fiercely dedicated to your direction. “I know I want to go there.” But allowing your sense of self-worth to become tied up with whether or not you achieve your goal is a mistake. And if your worth is part of your motivation to get to your goal, you are much less likely to get there.

The Will to Win means the Desire to train with Discipline. with Kate Howe It’s easy to say “I want it bad.” Because its easy to feel the desire for an outcome. “I’d like to succeed, I’d enjoy being a person who won that contest or passed that test.”

So, we have a goal. We know that our motivation has to be for the training, the journey, the learning and relationships that can occur along the way. Now, its time to dig into the corners of your training. Unearth all kinds of resources. Be wildly curious. Not just about how to get to your goal, but about all that encompasses your sport. Delve into the history of the sport. Yes, this will make you better at whatever contemporary movement you are trying to make. Find the thing that challenges you most. Now challenge yourself to love that thing the most. Are wedge Christie's your nemesis? Guess what, they are your new best friend. Because if you really “want it”, that means you want all that comes with it. Including and especially embracing the things that challenge your skills, patience, willingness and understanding. A little leverage in these areas (to borrow a term from Weems) will go a loooong way in your ability to perform the way you’d like to.

But what does it take to really “win”? I used to coach figure skating a long time ago. And I would have ten year olds that would say to me, “I want to win an Olympic Gold Medal!” This is a great goal, for sure. And Its pretty easy to want it. To desire to be a person with that medal. We can all picture what it would feel like (or we think we can) to have the accomplishment and the glory.

Now, how badly do you want it? The choices you make reflect that. Not everyone needs to go balls to the wall all year long with hyper vigilance to their training. But if that’s what floats your boat, go get em, Tiger! But don’t say you want it, and then make choices which directly contradict your desire. Really want it bad? Your new bedtime is 8:30pm, and you don’t drink alcohol or eat sugar. Want it pretty bad? You go out twice a week and aren’t afraid to eat desert. Ask yourself: are the choices I’m making in service of the goal I say I want? If so, train on, baby, you are headed in the right direction at the pace that makes you feel happy and balanced. Well done!

The thing I would say to the kids I was training was this. “Okay. We can train you towards that goal. But you need to decide if its what you really want.” Inevitably, they would look at me like I was crazy. Who doesn’t want to be a gold medalist? Plenty of people. Because here’s what you are signing up for: You need to have a consistent double axel before you are 12. You need to move to the training center. Your parents will need to come up with a minimum of an extra $75,000 a year for your coaching and related expenses. (Now its more like 250k). You won’t see your parents very much. You will have to do everything your coach says, and work harder than you’ve ever worked in your life every single day. Not just on the ice, but off.

Michelle Kwan: Staying Power in her sport. Love of the ice, discipline to live it.

You train, watch film, work out and sleep. Your friends will be your skates, you will be too busy for traditional friends. (cont. above)




EVENTS CALENDAR Coming UP: In House Please note: this is a selection of clinics. Go to pros/ to sign up on line NOW!

Alpine Cert 2

• AH - 2 day cert training camp, including pm sessions. 4/4 pm session, 4/5 on snow, 4/5 pm session, 4/6 on snow

Cert 3 A response to the OP ED from Betty B. Wright Hi Betty, Name’s George and I am a trainer. You must have some lousy clinics if don’t know the best when you see it. Been a trainer for a couple of years and I know I can help. That’s what I’m here for. I go to training. Well, at least the preseason training. This year I made one of the days. Was hunting or building a house or something, had something to do, can’t remember…. But I got all that I needed. After all we skied for a half day. Did some indoor stuff but I missed most of that getting my lunch.

• MA 3/29 AH conference • AH 3 day cert training camp, including a pm session. 4/4 on snow and pm, 4/5, 4/6.

Trainer Training

Upcoming In House Clinics • Biomechanics of Advanced Skiing with Riggs Klikka 4/3 AH Conference 4:30p • Biomechanics of World Cup Skiing with Riggs Klikka 4/5 AH Conference 4:30p • RACE with Rick V. 4/3 pm session at AH Conference. 4/4, 4/5 BM

• AH 4/10 Passport and Verification

Grad School

• AADIDES & The Argentine technique AH 4/9. PM session 4/8 5pm AH conference

Global - CHECK THIS OUT!!!

Snowboard Trainers • RMT Prep and passport sign off 4/1 SM


Concussion Awareness with Riggs Klikka We have all ‘rung our bell’ at one time or another. If you experienced a headache immediately after the impact, you incurred a mild traumatic brain injury[ MTBI] (synonymous with concussion). There are a number of symptoms (subjective criteria) and signs (objective criteria) associated with MTBI and should these should be monitored if you or your clients have fallen and ‘rung their bell’.

However, if you or the clients experience ANY of these signs or symptoms, make a call to the ski patrol first for further evaluation. Having a concussion on top of being at altitude and possibly dehydrated and fatigued, will further exacerbate the decrement in performance. So why chance it? Contact patrol.

Who’s at risk? This data is not ski/snowboard specific but there is no reason to believe that this data does not apply to our guests. Younger skiers and snowboarders (as well as beginners) are most likely to experience a MTBI.

So you can see I’ve been trained. I do a lot of clinics; mostly the preseason stuff. Do some in season clinics. I guess I do the weekends and some during the week. In January and parts of February not a lot of work so I do clinics. This ski school offers a lot of clinics, that’s why I came here. You can get clinics on everything. I don’t get to a lot of them myself. Seems there’s so much to do night and day…yeah Aspen.. Did you catch the bowl the other day it was awesome. I guess what I want to say is that with all the clinics I do, I am really up on what makes us the best trained school in the country. Find me anytime in the mall on clinic days and I will make it work. Don’t worry about signing up I can take care of that. Lot people never make it. If I’m not there just ask anybody they can help. Hope I helped with your questions or concerns. We’re trained to listen and give good feedback. Skiing yours, George Ws. Knightly

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