Alpine ski racing is not something that comes naturally – like skiing, it must be learnt. Equipment, technique, training methods – all play a part in the development of ski racing. Training goes hand in hand with racing – both equally important; they refine and motivate each trainee’s skill and attitude. Trainees are stretched and tested as they would be in no other skiing environment – so far from the standards of the ordinary tourist skier or even ski teacher.
It takes time and effort to develop into a good ski racer, but it is not what a trainee is capable of now that matters, but that he or she has the potential to mature into a courageous and technically correct skier. This cannot come about without training, experience and more training.
Ski racers are amongst the best skiers in the world. They learn, from top qualified trainers, themselves ex racers, how to ski a race course, whether slalom, giant-slalom, super-g or downhill, in the fastest and most efficient manner. Training camps teach discipline and social skills and are a world apart from the average skiing holiday. Fitness and ski-tuning form part of the routine, as does instruction in all aspects of ski racing rules and regulations.
Go to the club pages to get more information on the BARSC clubs. All have training camps in the Alps during the winter and all would be racers should attend a training camp prior to competing in the BARSC Championships. One of the most popular camps is held during the October half term when there are no races. This gives racers a good grounding for what is to come and is time well spent from a training point of view.