Category Archives: Fitness

Weekly Update & Ski swap volunteering?

Hello coaches!

A few updates for this week:

1. Dryland begins this Sunday 10am. Please join us if you are keen in getting in shape for the ski season!

2. Make sure to have looked at the important dates on the calendar for training, etc… on the BLOG. do let me know if you have any conflicts.

3. A few of you have been emailing me re: Stratton trip; I promise that I will provide details as soon as I have them! I hope that we can nail down details this week so we can promote registration at dry land.

4. If you have not yet paid your dues, please do so asap. A reminder that everyone MUST complete educational and risk management credits in order to be licensed for the season. A reminder that it is NOT enough to just pay your dues, you must also complete these credits in order to be ensured as a coach for the ski season. For those of you signing up for your CSCF level 1 coaching course, your membership dues and your licensing requirements are included in the fee of the course for the 1st season- you will have to worry about this next season!

5. I highly encourage you all to register for the RaceLINE articles if you have not yet done so. This is a great way to stay updated on what is happening at a high level in AOA.

6. Coaches’s Conference is happening on Fri October 28 & 29. We would like to ensure that we have a good MHRC representation at this conference so do please take a look at your schedule and see if you can attend. Please send me an email if you plan on attending so I know who will be there from our club.

7. Planning on attending a coaching course this season? If so, please send me an email letting me know when you think you will be attending and which course you are interested in… a reminder that the club does reserve some funds for dedicated and senior coaches who wish to continue their professional development.

8. Prospective apprentices- please ensure that you have submitted your resume and cover letter to me via email along with your interest to apprentice for the 2011-12 season. Please do take a look at the required dates for training on the calendar in “important dates”. do let me know if there are any conflicts.

9. Our ski swap is fast approaching and as you know, we are always looking for some wonderful and keen volunteers like yourselves! so please read the info below and email the correct person if you are interested in volunteering:
For those of you who haven’t experienced this event…. the MHRC Swap is the
2nd largest in Ontario….. run by volunteers from our club, Glen Eden staff
and our partners (Corbett’s and McMaster Sports). It is our largest
fund-raising activity; without it our program fees would increase

I ask that you look at the duties and work-shifts below…. choose
something that suits you and contact Erin  by e-mail at

We will offer training on Thursday evening for those of you who have not
participated before.

Thanks in advance for your support.

SWAP Coordinator

THURSDAY NOVEMBER 3rd – 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm




FRIDAY NOVEMBER 4th – 9 am to 5 pm




FRIDAY NOVEMBER 4th – 5 pm to 10 pm








SATURDAY NOVEMBER 5th – 9 am to 1 pm

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 5th – 1 pm to 5 pm








SUNDAY NOVEMBER 6th – 9 am to 3 pm






SUNDAY NOVEMBER 6th – 3 pm to 6 pm


SUNDAY NOVEMBER 6th – 6 pm to 8 pm




That is all for now

I will be back with some more updates shortly so do make sure that you are checking in the blog on a daily basis as I will be increasing my posting frequency from now on! Also, if you have not already done so, you can “subscribe to the blog” which means that you will receive an email alert every time a new post has been published- this way you can stay updated ALL the time!

thanks everyone and looking forward to seeing many of you at the hill soon!



I want more training= SOLUTION!

Hi guys!

Me again! You can tell that we are approaching the season by the frequency of my posts! Some of you are probably aware that GE is hosting some new and interesting training opportunities for instructors and coaches- all of these training listed below are optional. But please consider as they may be good for your development or maybe be just what you need to get you ready for the ski season ahead! Please note that the fitness sessions are different and separate from the MHRC dry land program. If you have any questions about the below, send me an email or send GE an email directly!



1) Fitness Training

         These will be OPTIONAL sessions. The intent simply to get staff out, socialize, and get active pre season.  Each outing will include a run, ride, or form of team sport (Ultimate Frisbee, etc) This will be a great teambuilding option, and great way to get people motivated for the winter.

         7 sessions in total.

         Oct 1, 15, 22, 29, Nov 5, 19, 26/27

         Each fitness session (excluding the 26th / 27th) will start at 10:00 and run for 1.5 to 2 hours. The 26th / 27thwill be a final session taking place AFTER the full staff meeting.  We will meet AT the Sunset lodge…and be outside for each session.

         Staff will be receiving an invite to these sessions via the BLOG and following completing their applications online.


2)  TECH Sessions

          These will again be OPTIONAL sessions. The focus being on providing industry updates on topics such as the Technical Model, Student Progression, Equipment, Tuning, Etc.

          4 Sessions + a staff night at Corbetts

          Oct 27th, Nov 3rd, Nov 10th, Nov 17th, and a Corbetts Staff Night on the 24th of Nov.

          Each of these sessions will take place in the Sunset Lodge, and will commence at 6:00 pm

          Staff will again receive an invite to these sessions via the BLOG and following completing their applications. 







Dryland & cross-training

Hey gang…

The warm weather today inspired me to go for a good run  and also made me think (perhaps prematurely) about the off-season.  Now is a good time to think about how your athletes have skied this season and to start asking questions about what they did this past off-season and how it may have affected their skiing.  For example, maybe you had some kids that just didn’t have the quickness and agility required for slalom, or you had some kids that constantly were in the back seat due to poor core strength.  As we finish up the season and start thinking about final evaluations, remember not only to give a review of this past season, but also to prescribe how they best can prepare for next season.  Think about activities or other sports they could participate in that would help their individual skiing and be sure to communicate it to them and their parents.

Here’s a good video filmed this past season by Matt Price, CAST men’s conditioning coach showing a dryland session with the men’s national team and with some good comments from the athletes about the importance of being athletic as ski racers:

Good luck at semi-finals all… let’s keep this tide of MHRC success rolling  🙂


CSCF Dartfish video site

Hey coaches,  check out this site –

In particular, watch the video of the CAST women’s team (and Chemmy Alcott, GBR)  running a short 11 gate GS drill course.  Note the little triangle hash marks on the progress bar of the video.  For each athlete the coach has marked:

  1. what the drill is
  2. the focus of the drill ie. how to execute it
  3. what the drill is helping for each individual athlete
  4. suggested terrain and variations for the drill.

Pretty neat, seeing the national team working on basics on a nice, Glen Eden-esque drill set with a coaching breakdown that is appropriate for all levels and ages of athletes.  Coach-athletes, bookmark this and use it as a visualization for what you might just be asked to do yourself as the season progresses!

There’s a couple of other SL drill videos using brushes on the site along with lots of dryland videos and an AMAZING video of a sit-skier training SL.  Watch the whole video, it’s sweet.


Am I fit for ski season?

Good question and one that contains a very personal answer. As many of you know, I work in the Health & wellness field, organizing, running and creating programs for teens, men & women for basic fitness, sports specific goals, rehabilitation, etc…

I recently ran accross a great video for functional training for sports- I thought I would share the link with you for inspiration:

The truth is that no matter what sport you are training yourself for, incorporating sport specific exercises, movements, coordination patterns, agility, etc… is a MUST

I challenge everyone to take a look at their fitness regime and try to add a little more functionality. cheers & stay fit!