“The icier it got, the better it was.” Luke Holmes

There is a reason East coast racers are the toughest of all. This week at the Skiway FS athletes have proven why we are one step ahead of the rest. Its easy to have a blast skiing perfect conditions under blue bird skies however, you know athletes truly love the sport when they show up on a 45 degree rainy day to ski on a sliver of snow. Lets just remember that at least 50% (most likely more) of this sport is mental! Bring on the rough conditions because Ford Sayre is ready to rumble!

The U12 group has completely rocked it this week with their positive attitudes and willingness to make the best out of the current situation at the mountain. The rain, lack of snow, and today’s shockingly chilly temps failed to wipe the smiles of their faces. The kids, eager as ever, have accomplished a lot so far in our Christmas camp week.

From apex drills, stubby gates and free skiing over difficult terrain, we certainly have tackled a number of new skills so far. Gerd and Matt have set multiple courses for the groups to ski. The apex drill has been a major focus over the past five days; this served as a perfect introduction to proper turn shape. It forced the racers to start their turns above the gate rather than below. The drill also enforced an athletic stance, forward motion with the hips and quick feet to stay on top of the short distance between the gates.

With colder temps ahead, the Skiway is bound to produce some better snow conditions in the next few days. It was agreed upon that walking off the slopes today as “human icicles” from all the snow guns was worth it for the variety of terrain that we will inevitably be able to ski in the near future.

Keep up the happy attitudes! And go Ford Sayre!

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