HEY LADIES! Ever want a to try to ski race like the pros? Or maybe just as good as your kids? Well here’s your chance. SPAC is hosting a women’s only race training camp in conjunction with PNSA.
The camp is hosted by Stevens Pass Alpine Club (SPAC) in conjunction with PNSA. The event will be held at Stevens Pass, March 10 in the evening and March 11. Veteran racers and newbies all welcome! Learn basic race techniques if you’ve never done it or hone your giant slalom and slalom skills. There will even be brush gates to practice on, so no padding required. Moms get a taste of what your mighty mite and junior racers are doing. If you are already a racer, get a rare chance to be coached by one of the top masters racer in the world, Lisa Densmore Ballard, and other top coaches in the northwest.
$85. Includes tech talks, coaching, video analysis, continental breakfast on Saturday morning, fun race on Saturday afternoon, apres-ski party with door prizes.
Need to Know:
Participants should be at least 18 years of age and intermediate or better skiing ability. Lift tickets sold separately. No racing gear? No problem. Ski on whatever you have!
Friday – March 10, 2017
4:00pm Arrival and check-in.
4:30pm Tech Talk: “Ski Racing 101+Intro to Slalom” by Lisa.
5:30pm Free-skiing warm-up while coaches set Slalom brush course.
6:00pm Course inspection with coaches, then Slalom training.
8:30pm Evening session ends.
9:30pm Evening session ends.
Saturday – March 11, 2017
8:00am Arrival. Continental breakfast.
8:30am Tech talk: “GS technic & tactics+how to start & finish faster” Lisa.
9:15am Free-skiing warm-up while coaches set GS course.
9:45am Course inspection with coaches, then GS training with video.
11:15am Video analysis–Groups 1+2. Gate training continues for groups 3+4.
12:15pm Video analysis – Group 3+4. Lunch for all groups.
1:45pm GS Fun Race: Four 30-secound runs. Best 3 of 4 count.
3:30pm End of ski day. Apres-ski party.
Who is Lisa Densmore Ballard?
Lisa Densmore Ballard has been involved in the sport of skiing for more than 50 years as a competitor, coach, official, ski and ski boot designer, marketing consultant, event producer and journalist. She began ski racing at age 6 and spent her early years in the junior race program at Whiteface Mountain near Lake Placid, New York. In high school, while attending Stratton Mountain School in Vermont, she trained and competed throughout North America and Europe and then spent four years as a member of Dartmouth College’s NCAA Division 1 ski team (1980 to 1983). After college, she raced on the Women’s Pro Ski Racing Tour for six years (1985 to 1990), achieving a ranking of 10th in the world.
Since retiring from the pro tour, Lisa has become one of the most decorated alpine masters skiers in the U.S. She has won close to 100 national masters titles since 1991 across all ski racing disciplines and four world masters championships. USSA has presented her with the prestigious Al Sise Award (masters skier of the year) six times. She has been a member of the U.S. Alpine Masters Ski Team, an honorary team that recognizes the No. 1-ranked man and woman in each masters age group, all but two years since 1991. She currently serves as the chair of USSA’s national masters committee.
As a ski coach, Lisa is certified by both PSIA and USSA. During the 1990s, she was the instruction editor for Snow Country Magazine and the director of the Snow Country Ski Schools in conjunction with the PSIA Demo Team. At the same time, she founded a national ski instructional program for women that raised money for breast cancer research and patient support. That program has since morphed into the “Your Turn” women’s ski clinics, which Lisa hosts each winter at ski areas around the U.S. She also coaches juniors and masters with her home ski club, the Silver Run Ski Foundation at Red Lodge Mountain, Montana, and guest coaches for other ski programs as time allows. She has served as a Trustee of Stratton Mountain School; on the nominating committee for the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame; on USSA Northern Division’s Alpine Competition Committee; and on the boards of the New England Ski Museum and New England Masters Skiing.
In addition to her successes on the slopes, Lisa has spent much her adult life bringing skiing to others through her writing, photography and television work. A three-time Emmy-winning TV host and producer, she has covering skiing for many networks, including CBS, NBC, ESPN, VERSUS, The Travel Channel, A&E, Turner Sports, Outside TV and The Weather Channel. In 2014, she received an Ullr Award from the International Ski History Association and an Emmy nomination and as the producer and co-writer of the film, Passion for Snow, a documentary covering 100 years of skiing history. The North American Snowsports Journalists Association and the Outdoor Writers Association of America have both honored her multiple times for her broadcast and magazine work. She contributes regularly to more than 25 magazines and websites, including SkiRacing.com, NSAA Journal (published by the National Ski Areas Association) and 32 Degrees (published by PSIA). She is the author of seven books, including Ski Faster!. www.LisaDensmore.com