FIS CAMP- South America Chile July, 2019
By Chino Martinez- Coach and Pro Skier
The FIS Camp is a classic event every season, with one version in Europe and one in South America. The International Ski Federation supports this fantastic camp to create the future World Champions and FIS racers from all over the world.
16 kids, ladies and men spent 21 days in a ski resort in South America; this year it was the chance for EL Colorado, in Chile at the base of the Andes to host the camp. El Colorado is located one hour from Santiago City. It is a great ski resort, with lots of experience in ski racing and race training, which hosted many amazing athletes over the years of the likes of Ilka Stuhec, Lindsey Vonn and Mikaela Shiffrin.
The FIS race camp is about skiing and much more: the camaraderie between the kids and coaches while staying at the same Hotel and sharing ideas and techniques is invaluable and creates a great vibe for the entire group.From 6;45 am breakfast is served, in order to start skiing at 7:30 am for 3-4 hours. Then is time for lunch all together, with a second short session in the afternoon.
This is followed by a tuning session in the afternoon after skiing. “Tuning your own skis is part of the life for a ski racer” says Ivo Bozic Head Coach who together with Chino Martinez both Argentine, coached this camp in 2019.The afternoon also has some physical training, stretching session, bike session, before going to the video movement analysis and watching some good skiing. All this happens before dinner and having to turn the lights off.
Many countries are represented in this camp: Iran, Denmark, Greece, Ireland, Brazil, Latvia, Argentina, Chile, China and Serbia.
“It’s been a dry season with not much snow here at the Central Andes but there are great conditions for ski racing, hard snow and a fast lift serving a race course run where we train every day, which makes our life easy” says Chino Martinez one of the two coaches who spent the last 15 years in Chile.
“It is so great to see this kids sharing ideas and ski every day with a big dream and a goal to one day became a ski racer and be in the Olympics representing their Nations.”
“Thanks to the FIS Ski Federation and Chile Ski Federation for the support and El Colorado ski resort for the hospitality.”
“We are hoping to come back every year for more ski training.”
Chino Martinez -Coach and Pro Skier
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More info: El Colorado
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