Vertical Race & On-Snow Skills Clinic

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2021-22 Schedule for Dec 18 (Sat):
Before 8:00 = Assemble @ magic carpet base, 100% ready to race
8:00 = Mass start, ascend 1k vert (follow green surveyor tape/flagging), finish @ summit ski patrol bldg.
8:37 = Caution, first lift-served general public skiers of the day start descending!
8:45 = Put on extra layers, introductions, discuss goals for the morning.
9:00 = Transitions, including timed competitions, and the Double Rip challenge.
9:30 = Descents, starting with drills (e.g., one-ski balancing, elephant hops, falling leaf, sideslipping), then integrating what we learn from drills into our skiing.
10:15 = Nordic skating technique on the magic carpet slope and around the base area:  brief overview of gliding herringbone, V1, V2, V2 Alternate. 
10:45 = Technical skinning including kick turns.
11:30 = Clinic wrap-up and schwag distribution.

Gear requirements are the same as regular races (including mask), with the following modifications:

  • Bindings must be Dynafit "Tech"-style (i.e., no plate/hybrid bindings) that allow for skin>ski transitions w/o exiting binding (i.e., no Kingpin, Duke PT, Shift).
  • Pack that allows for affixing & removing skis with the pack still worn.
  • Enough food and water to be out for a full morning of skinning and skinning, plus a puffy for the relatively brief moments when we will be inactive.
  • Pack is not necessary during the race, but will be necessary for the post-race clinic, so before the race you can take a warm-up lap to the summit and stash a pack at the finish to be retrieved for the post-race clinic.
  • Aerobic fitness, skimo skills, and skiing ability are all strictly optional -- we're here to improve on all of those, whatever your levels might be!
Your clinic leader's qualifications:

  • NCAA alpine race coach, 1989-2001.
  • PSIA Certified Ski Instructor, Alpine Level 2 & Nordic Level 1.
  • NSP Instructor for Avalanche, Mtn Travel/Rescue, Nordic/Backcountry.
  • AIARE Instructor for avy safety.
  • American Avalanche Association board member, and 3x ESAW presenter.
  • Skimo racer since 2004-05 season, race experience at 14 different venues in 6 different states, and wins at 7 different venues.
  • Skimo race organizer since 2008-09 season.
  • Numerous six-ravine circumnavigation tours of Mt Washington.
  • Eleven Pacific Northwest volcano summit skis from above 10k elevation (incl. Rainier as highest and Glacier Peak as most remote).