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Preparing for Ski Racing Season: Tips from NASC’s Summer Camp
Preparing for Ski Racing Season: Tips from NASC’s Summer Camp

As the temperatures rise and summer approaches, dedicated ski racers are already looking ahead to the upcoming ski racing season. While the snow may be months away, the off-season presents a prime opportunity to hone skills, build strength and fine-tune technique in preparation for the challenges of competitive skiing.

One invaluable resource for aspiring ski racers is National Alpine Ski Camps (NASC), renowned for its summer programs on the slopes of Mt. Hood. Here, participants receive expert coaching, immersive training experiences, and invaluable insights to elevate their skiing to new heights. And along the way, they’ll forge life-long relationships with coaches, mentors and new friends. Let’s delve into some key tips from NASC’s summer camp to help skiers prepare for the upcoming racing season.

Focus on Fundamentals
At NASC's summer camp, skiers learn the importance of mastering fundamental skiing techniques. From carving precise turns to maintaining optimal balance and edge control, solidifying these foundational skills lays the groundwork for success in the gates.

Make Connections
Ski racing is not just about individual performance. It's also about being part of a community of like-minded individuals who share a passion for the sport. Building friendships with fellow racers fosters a supportive and motivating environment where you can push each other to improve and achieve your goals.

Get Technical
NASC’s summer camp curriculum includes dedicated technical training sessions designed to refine skiing techniques specific to racing. Participants work closely with experienced coaches to perfect gate techniques and tactics for slalom turns and GS turns – essential elements for competitive ski racing.

Go To the Tape
Video analysis is a cornerstone of NASC’s training approach, providing skiers with invaluable feedback on their technique and performance. By reviewing footage of their skiing, participants gain insights into areas for improvement and can make targeted adjustments to enhance their racing prowess.

Prep Your Body
The best way to stay in racing shape all year long is to find enjoyable ways to spend active recovery time. On the mountain, this is easy to do. During camp season, we spend off-slope time riding mountain bikes, swimming in the lake, hiking and more. This helps skiers prepare their bodies for the rigors of ski racing and reduce the risk of injury.

Prep Your Mind
Ski racing demands mental toughness, focus, and confidence, qualities that are cultivated at NASC’s summer camp. Through visualization, goal setting and supportive coaching, skiers learn to manage pre-race nerves, stay composed under pressure and perform at their peak when it matters most.

Prep Your Skis
In the highly competitive world of ski racing, where milliseconds can make all the difference, the importance of thorough ski preparation cannot be overstated. By sharpening edges, repairing any base damage, and applying the appropriate wax for the prevailing snow conditions, racers maximize their glide and minimize friction, enabling them to carve precise turns and maintain high speeds throughout the course.

Practice, Practice, Practice
NASC’s summer camp provides ample opportunities for skiers to participate in training. By practicing starts, turns, and finishes in a competitive setting, participants gain valuable race experience and fine-tune their race tactics and strategy.

Fuel Yourself
It’s crucial to give your body the fuel it needs before heading up the mountain. Our staff, including a professional chef, keep a close eye on skiers’ hydration and diet, and we adjust the menu according to what they’ll need.

By embracing these tips from NASC’s summer camp, ski racers can lay a solid foundation for success in the upcoming racing season while making life-long friends with people in the skiing community. From mastering fundamental skills to refining technique, building physical fitness to nurturing mental resilience, the lessons learned at NASC’s summer camp empower skiers to reach their full potential on the racecourse and beyond. As the summer sun shines bright, aspiring ski racers seize the opportunity to prepare, train, and sharpen their skills – all with the ultimate goal of conquering the slopes come winter.

Sunday, July 16th, 2023
NASC is where I love to train! They do an excellent job of athlete development. I think the world of their program-best training, lanes, and courses on Mt. Hood. The team really knows what they're doing. They set up terrain-specific skill development training that helps the athletes improve fast.
- Deb Armstrong, former U.S. Ski Team World Cup Alpine Ski Racer & Olympic Gold Medalist
I grew up going to NASC every summer and couldn’t wait for my kids to experience it too. It's proven to be just as much fun for them as it was for me 25-years ago! The on-hill experience is top-notch, the coaching staff is wonderful, and the after-ski activities make it the summer camp experience that kids dream of. All of the kids had so much fun, were safe, and improved so much!
- Jody Curtis, Former NASC Athlete and Park City Ski Team Parent
All 3 of my kids have gone to NASC Fall and Summer camps for years. They still attend and absolutely love it! The Coaches at NASC can make any skier, at any ability level, better. The coaches' knowledge of modern skiing and surface preparation is unmatched. NASC coaches really care about each and every athlete and share their passion for the sport.
- Mike Regrut, Parent of Telluride Ski Team Athlete & D1 Racer
NASC was one of the best decisions I've ever made on behalf of my son. His first stay away from family was with NASC at age 11. The experience far exceeded my expectations. The coaches and training are best-in-class. NASC is by far his favorite camp and ski training experience. Our ski team now sends multiple athletes to NASC.
- Derek Stagner, Hidden Valley Ski Team Parent & Board President
Brad taught me a lot on the snow! What a wealth of knowledge!
- Sandy Perrins, Stratton Mountain School & Bates College Ski Racer
It’s such an amazing camp. It’s low key enough to make people feel like they belong, no matter their skill level, and has such great structure and such keen coaches - that every athlete will be challenged and inspired to learn. Our family highly recommends the NASC camps! Brad and his team create the type of environment we want for our kids – top-notch athletics, coupled with lots of good, summer fun!
- Tabitha Andersen, Vail Ski Club Parent
Excellent coaches, cover all aspects of technical ski racing. Beautiful wonderland-like campus. Highly recommend for kids from 9 and up.
- Paul Yeh, Parent of Camper / Ski Racer
The NASC camp was such a great adventure for all the campers! The coaching staff is top notch, the training venue and “base camp” were perfect. Tons of fun and very productive all the way around!
- Erik Schlopy, U.S. Ski Team Member & Olympic Bronze Medalist
As a member of the Czech Ski Team, I experienced many organizations and international ski competitions. WithNASC, I saw a different level of preparation and professionalism that fascinated me. Improvement happened naturally as their coaching is based on fundamental development.
- Hana Malotinova, Czech Ski Team
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