"We waited all winter for spring skiing to get here...is it ever going to come?" It has indeed been a long, hard winter...and the recent single digit temperatures hopefully are the last we'll see of the "polar vortex." The good news? There's plenty of cover on all the ski trails and if it ever warms up it's going to be a spring to remember for skiers.
Last Updated on Friday, 07 March 2014 05:48
One by one, snowboarders leave the start and make their way down the winding course and past the gates.
There aren't racing en masse like in boardercross.
There aren't any tricks to do like in a terrain park or in a halfpipe.
And forget about those hard boots and long, narrow boards they use in parallel and giant slalom.
Soft boots and a forgiving board are just fine.
It's just the snowboarder in a game of beat the clock. Fastest time wins.
Welcome to the banked slalom snowboard race.
Last Updated on Thursday, 06 March 2014 04:05
By John Macdonald
"What can I say to my — insert related person name here — before their race to help them do well? Very simple-talk about anything other than skiing and don't discuss the race.
All the valley racers have some kind of big race coming up in the next two weeks from the NH State Finals to the State Championships, the Meister Downhill, Snow Day for Eastern Slope Ski Club, and the Eastern Championships being held in New York. All of the racers have worked hard all season. They all want to do well and if you want to help them don't talk about skiing or ski racing.
Whether you are a skier or a concert pianist, your practice over months and years develops your skill to a point where the individual movements become a flow with the rhythm, timing and intensity happening without mechanical conscious thought. If the mind starts "thinking" of what to do next, it gets in the way of greatness. On race day, the best thing is to "distract" the conscious with a productive focus, such as looking two to three gates ahead. Let the "unconscious" delivery of proper ski movements deliver the greatness without being distracted. This is "the zone" we hear of when athletes or musicians perform exceptionally well.
So, back to our question of the day. Your mission, as friend or family member, is to remove pressure that is already being felt, and to distract the thoughts of your favorite skier away from the race. Talk about the music on the radio, what you are doing in the summer, anything but the race. Distract that conscious mind from what is coming later in the day, and you will have done all you can to help them succeed.
Remember, best advice of all, take a lesson or attend a race clinic. You'll have a great time and improve your time. Try it.
Last Updated on Friday, 28 February 2014 05:43
By Marty Basch
She's probably still smiling.
"There is just this smile across my face and I don't think it's going away for a while," said Devin Logan the other day during a phone interview from a New York City cab.
Logan won the inaugural silver medal in women's ski slopestyle at the Olympics in Sochi about a week ahead of her 21st birthday.
Last Updated on Thursday, 27 February 2014 05:00
By John Macdonald
This winter has already been a great one for snow, and the woods are calling. If you haven't ventured into the glades before, now would be a great time. Here are a few suggestions as you make your runs in the trees.
Last Updated on Friday, 21 February 2014 04:23