Summer Nordic camps groom skiers |

Summer Nordic camps groom skiers

Olympic hopeful Nathan Schultz led a dry-land training camp hosted by Subaru’s Nordic Ski Team at the Royal Gorge Crosscountry ski resort Aug. 12 and 13. The two-day camp is one of several training camps for Nordic skiers in the Tahoe-Truckee area.

“The camp was helpful for both diagonal-style and skate skiing,” family physician Andy Pasternak said. Pasternak was one of eight masters who attended the camp last weekend. “There is a new technique that Schultz advocated… It gave me a lot to work on throughout the course of the year.”

The camp prepares skiers for the season ahead by teaching ski technique and strength-building activity. Nordic skiing is reputed to be one of the most physically demanding endurance sports, according to health experts.

One of the biggest advantanges of the Subaru Nordic dry-land camp was the first-hand instruction of expert skiers such as Schultz, Pasternak said.

“Schultz was fantastic – on the last day he was telling us some stories of various races and it was neat to be exposed to that kind of a thing,” he said.

Schultz placed 1st in the American Ski Marathon Series, 1st in the Snow Mountain Stampede, 2nd in the American Birkebiener Sprints and 3rd in the Royal Gorge’s California Gold Rush 2000, to name a few.

Other summer training camps include the Far West Junior Ski Team dry-land camps. The skiers began the camps in June at Auburn Ski Club, with a second camp near Mammoth Lakes in July.

The ski team will host a third camp today, Aug. 17 at Prosser Lake. The camp will continue through Aug. 20 and will include activities such as bounding up-hill sprints with poles, skate technique with roller skis and cross-training.

“We do a series of four training camps each summer through Far West Nordic Junior Ski Program,” said Mark Nadell, an administrator for the Far West Nordic program. “Most of what we do is develop young skiers.”

The events are a combination of activities where volunteers, parents and coaches cooperate to organize camping arrangements, sports and physical education. The camps keep the skiers busy all weekend.

“Even though you do a work-out in the morning and in the afternoon you don’t generally have off-time. You’re playing soccer, going for a hike, or something similar,” said Nick Sterling, a junior at Tahoe-Truckee High School. Sterling has been Nordic racing for roughly 11 years.

Far West Nordic Juniors Ski coach Glenn Jobe is optimistic about the season ahead. The team had one of their best years in 1999, and as the younger kids gain experience he anticipates the programs will be key for success.

“With more consistent training and coaching hopefully we will improve on the results of our last two years,” he said. Jobe has been teaching Nordic skiing since the late seventies, and teaching the Far West Nordic Junior ski team for the last four years.

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