Inspiring training camps for young skiers and snowboarders

With the support of FIS Solidarity, training camps for young skiers and snowboarders were staged in Slovakia and Slovenia at the end of March.

The Slovenian Ski Association held a slopestyle and big air performance camp at Rogla ski resort which saw 30 participants aged up to 15 from local snowboard clubs train alongside experienced coaches for five days.

The camp was carried out in parallel to the “Rogla Freestyle Week” to provide optimum snow conditions and infrastructure. The mornings featured sessions in the snow park to improve skills and technique which were complemented by video analysis. Afterwards, the youngsters engaged in a variety of workshops on topics including kinesiology, physiotherapy, sport psychology and marketing.

A social programme as part of the Rogla Freestyle Week rounded out the inspiring camp which also provided a perfect platform for snowboard clubs to exchange knowledge and experience.

From 26th-29th March, the Slovak Ski Association held an alpine training camp for 23 youngsters aged 14-16 which featured intensive on-snow training on the slopes of Jasna ski resort.

The well-known resort provided the young participants with excellent training conditions for super-G, slalom and alpine combined, focused on improving technique and getting comfortable with speed. The trainings were run by experienced coaches of member ski clubs of the Slovak Ski Association.

Meanwhile, indoor sessions featured professional mental training advice by an experienced mental coach, which included key aspects of psychological preparation and readiness with the help of fun exercises. The youngsters were given useful tips and tricks on how to develop a positive mind-set and fully focus on their performance on the day of competition.

In addition, the camp included fun social activities to encourage group interaction and team spirit.

An official request to repeat the camp next year was already submitted to the alpine department of the Slovak Ski Association following highly positive feedback from the participants.