Forward Ski presents:
The World Cup Fundamentals Camp
June 18-23, 2017, Mammoth, CA

Forward Ski will be sponsoring an elite level camp put on by World Cup Race Camps this summer in Mammoth, CA. Joining us are U.S. & Canadian National SL Champion AJ Ginnis, and 2x U.S. DH Champion Julia Ford. Each will be assisting main coach, Mike Savage, in coaching The United States’ upper level U16-U21 racers on the World Cup Fundamentals and what it really takes to be on the World Cup circuit.

Learn from those who know!
Hear what current and past World Cup racers have to say.

-In depth 5 day elite level camp with level 500 international coach.
-Mammoth, CA.
-June 18-23, 2017.
For more info please visit the website, www.worldcupracecamps.com

 

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What is the single most important component of a ski turn?

Just like every other form of racing, the goal is to get from Point A to Point B the quickest, right? So what gets a Formula 1 driver, a Nascar driver, and a ski racer from Point A to Point B the quickest? The answer is simple, exit speed. Whichever racer can exit each turn with the most speed will reach the finish first. Of course, assuming the line is correct. Now, how does a ski racer exit a turn with as much speed as possible? Maximizing acceleration at the top of the turn. What does this mean? Once you’ve depleted the fuel for the rockets on the back of your skis, you have to start engaging and pressurizing the skis earlier in the turn. Unlike cars, skiers can only accelerate with gravity, and their muscles. The only place in a turn you can use your muscles to accelerate is after initiation where you can push into the hill and propel your body down the fall line. From there gravity can pull you through the fall line. The millisecond you pass vertical and begin coming back across the hill you are decelerating. Every bit of pressure on the ski between fall line, and initiation of the next turn is slowing you down. But, you need to get around that next gate! So now what? How do you maximize your acceleration downhill and minimize speed dump through the apex and base of the turn? Pressure control. As Mike Rogan says “Being able to use the front of the ski and stay in balance is a cornerstone to great technique and successful ski racking…”
Skiing is momentum racing, and a successful racer needs to be able to precisely control the tip of the ski to maintain as much momentum as possible.

Agree? Disagree? Let us know by emailing info@forwardski.com

Dasha Romanov was one of our 3rd place winners last season and won herself a Forward Ski System. Since then this girl has not stopped improving. She basically lives on the podium! Check out her athlete page here: https://www.facebook.com/romanovdasha/
Keep an eye on this girl, she is going to be the next Shiffrin!

Dasha Romanov

We had a very good trip to Colorado working with teams at A-basin, Loveland, and Copper. We got to catch up with PSIA instructors and compare terminology and exchange ideas. But, most interesting, was something Sasha Rearick said on the hill at Copper. He told us that the U.S. Has done a great job with our skier’s upper bodies. But, we as a nation are lacking the lower body, the hips, the ankles, etc. You know, the conditions that Forward Ski is designed to address. We learned some excellent drills that the U.S. Ski Team is using with their newcomers.

We saw some excellent skiers, got to see, talk, and demo the system with World Cup team athletes from all around the world. We reinforced our knowledge that the cornerstone of a successful ski athlete is a strong and consistent body position from which to work.
All in all, a very successful trip!

Now, through the holidays we will continue manufacturing and refining the product to ensure that you, the user, have the best possible experience when using the Forward Ski System.

Now, we just need snow!

The Forward Ski team will be in the Copper Mountain area from Nov 9th-20th. If you are going to be there, please send us a note at info@forwardski.com or call us at 775-530-0052 and let us know! We would love to meet with you, demo some systems, and slide around on frozen water!

We will be working with the U.S. Ski Team, Sugar Bowl, Waterville, and many others while we are there. If you see us, say hi!

We participated in a great series of spring and summer camps both at Mammoth and Mt. Hood. We worked with a number of teams and athletes that are using the Forward Ski System. We upgraded 4 teams with new software and were able to share new ideas for setting up new users. If you want to contact any of our teams for a reference, contact us and we can share contact information.
So, this is the question of the week for racers: What are you told about your skiing on a regular basis? You can ask coaches this same question in reverse. I have gotten the same answer from 100% of the 75 individuals I have asked so far: “get forward” or “ankle flexion”. Older athletes say “get forward” and younger tell me “ankle flexion”. Why it is not an answer about line or course management?

Call us for help getting your team to ask different questions.

-Chris Bender

Ski racing is about fun. Why do anything if it isn’t fun? With FIS’ move to longer radius skis, and the recent amendment to the USSA equipment matrix to more closely follow FIS regulations, controlling the tip of the ski is more important than ever. These larger radius skis will not turn from the back seat. They simply aren’t designed that way. In order to turn them, you need varying degrees of forward pressure.  If an athlete cannot maintain the level of forward pressure required, the skies will simply skid. Skidding is slow, and slow is no fun. Forward Ski is the tool used by so many athletes to consistently remind them where their pressure is. Continued use of the Forward Ski System has proven to create a more consistent platform from which to work.

Here are some links to Ski Racing’s articles regarding USSA’s new rules:

Stirring the Pot With New USSA Equipment Rules

Back to the Future with Another GS Radius Change

Over the last few weeks Forward Ski has been working with the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team to develop a waterproof prototype. To be honest, the idea was all that of Coach Matt Gnoza of the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team. He wanted to be able to listen to audio feedback of the athlete’s ankle flexion as they went down and off the water ramps at the Utah Olympic Park. I loved the idea and quickly got back to Reno to begin working on a way to do it.

Problem 1: Power
The Forward Ski system is designed to be as power efficient as possible. In order to achieve maximum battery life and peak connectivity without the signal strength becoming saturated. For this purpose, we need as much power as possible, and were not worried about proximity, so saturation wouldn’t be much of an issue. We cranked everything up to 11. Maximum power, maximum receive strength. Bluetooth does however have it’s limitations… especially when attempting to transmit through anything wet.

Problem 2: Water
Water and electronics don’t get along too well. We all know that. We decided for ease-of-use and time saving’s sake that we would go with the easy approach. Put it in a bag! We placed the hand controller in a high grade waterproof lock bag, sealed the headphone hole, and tested it! It worked.
The Boot Transmitters are already water tight and fine to be submerged for small periods of time. No problems there.

Unnecessarily long story short, take a look at some of these pictures of the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team using the system on the water ramps!fss team use fss team use 3 fss team use 2

Congratulations to all the newly USSA Certified Clubs from around the country!
We are excited to see the leaders in the sport constantly striving to improve. We ski because we love it, and we teach/coach skiing because we want to share what we love.

You may or may not know, but the Forward Ski staff is quite small. What little spare time we have during the winter we spend coaching the race team at Sky Tavern. Sky Tavern has spent the last few years working very hard to achieve club certification, and has this week finally achieved a Bronze Certification from the USSA. Sky Tavern is a truly wonderful program that’s run entirely by volunteers. Sky Tavern teaches thousands of kids to ski. Every single year. Many of the kids would otherwise never have to opportunity to experience this wonderful sport that we all love so much. So I am proud to do what I can each year to help these kids get outside and have fun. At the end of the day, isn’t that what really matters, having fun?

I encourage everyone to continue striving to better not just yourselves, but to better the lives of everyone around you. What better way, then to go slide around on the snow?

Forward Ski is an on snow body position feedback system. It multiplies the experience and learning of every turn the user makes. There no better place to take full advantage of the system than at a training camp!
We have countless drills you can try, so send an email to info@forwardski.com to discuss with us!

A big “Thank you!” to all those who gave us feedback this season. We rely strongly on our customers’ and users’ feedback to constantly improve The Forward Ski System.

This year, we improved the user-friendly aspect of the system by adding additional voice prompts and audio feedback modes.
The new prompts will audibly alert the user when switching between any of the many modes the system has to offer. The prompts include: Connected, Pressure Mode, Proximity, Reverse Tones, Happy tune, Musical tune, Normal Mode, and Mobile App Mode.

I would also like to take this opportunity to both thank and congratulate all of the Forward Ski 3rd Place Sponsorship Program winners/recipients. The experience and all of your feedback has been wonderful and great for us! We hope we can continue to support, and progress the skiing community throughout The United States and the world.

Do you have any feedback? If so, please feel free to email me: info@forwardski.com

-Dylan

Our 3rd Place Sponsorship Program is almost at an end!

We are happy to have awarded a number of systems so far, and are excited to hear back from the winners!
If you are one of those winners, or simply someone with a great fashion sense, send us an email request for a free Forward Ski T-shirt. Send to info@forwardski.com with your name, size, and address and we will get one off to you right away!

Check back soon for more!