US team with successful training camp in Chile

04 September 2014 11:26
US team trains in Chile
US team trains in Chile -

The US Freestyle Ski Moguls Team recently enjoyed twelve days of training in the Southern Hemisphere.

Eleven team members featuring the likes of Bradley Wilson and Bryon Wilson, Patrick Deneen, Troy Murphy, Joe Discoe, Tom Rowley, Bruce Perry Jr., Sophia Schwartz, Keaton McCargo, Mikaela Matthews and Ali Kariotis benefitted from the perfect conditions which new Head Mogul Coach Garth Hager described like that:

“Chile never disappoints as sunny skies dominate the month of August. Combine that with fresh powder, and you have what most mogul skiers live in their dreams.”

While the team worked in El Colorado on some of the most important basics it also capitalised on getting to know the new staff better.

“Each camp we like to step back and build through the camp on basics, so at the end, everyone has progressed and picked up on any small steps that may be overlooked otherwise. Turn shape and balance are always skills reinforced in Chile. Being efficient with balance leads to less recoveries, this was one of our main foci.

All but myself are new staff to the team, so there was a lot of group coaching and group video so that we could all be communicating the same ideals with the athletes,” explains Hager.

The most training was done on a 27degree slope, well-prepared as a full moguls training course with jumps.

Besides the aspects Hager already pointed out, the team also worked on the fundamentals surrounding the jumps such as positions and speeds into and out of the lairs.

From Chile, the team returns to Utah to refine a few skills on the ramps and tramps at Park City before changing the mindset towards performance vs. analytical by heading to Zermatt, Switzerland in late September for more of a performance camp where most of the World Cup teams will be training through October.