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Former elite racers offer their coaching

Camp promises to raise skiers' game

— A collection of Nordic coaching talent, including four-time Nordic combined Olympian Todd Lodwick, will assemble in Steamboat Springs on Dec. 16 and 17 for the Steamboat Nordic Camp and Festival.

It will take place at the Lake Catamount Ski Touring Center on Dec. 16 and at Steamboat Ski Touring Center on Dec. 17. The camp is conducted on rolling terrain, allowing students to revisit the fundamentals while rolling into a new season in the snowy Yampa Valley.

Emily Lovett and colleague Katie Lindquist of the Nordic Link in Steamboat along with Murray Selleck of Ski Haus founded the camp. Included with the two days of instruction are video analysis, a chance to test 2006-07 demo skis by Rossignol, Fischer, Swix, Salomon, Atomic and wax clinics by Swix and Toko. There will be raffle prizes, lunches both days and a social hour on Saturday. Early registration fees are $125 for two days and $85 for one day through Friday.

Student-to-coach ratios will be no higher than 6 to 1, and often will be lower.

The camp is able to meet the needs of all skiers, from never-evers, to ambitious athletes who dream of trimming minutes off their Birkebeiner ski race time, Lovett said.

Jenette Settle, a 2004 and 2005 participant, said what made the camp stand out in her mind was the personalized instruction she received, no matter what class she signed up for.

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“I signed up for the beginner class, and the abilities of the group ranged from not being able to even walk (on skis), to being very athletic, but lacking experience,” Settle said. “Emily was able to help everyone at the level they were ready for.”

Video review helped to verify the flaws Lovett was trying to correct in Settle’s technique.

“It was very insightful to have Emily give me advice, I believed I was doing exactly what she asked, and then to see myself on the video making the same error she was trying to point out to me,” Settle said. “The video pulled their pointers into reality.”

Coaches at the camp include former University of Colorado Ski Team member Jessica Grey, Barry Smith, Greg Rawlings, Jim Harkness, Marty Irish, Callie West, Dave Mark, Arni Stemsrude and Greg Burkholder.

Lindquist proved she could ski from Colorado to Wyoming and back in 2006, winning the Coureur de Bois 90-kilometer race. She and Lovett teach skiing at Lake Catamount Ski Touring Center. Lovett also teaches track skiing and guides backcountry trips at Vista Verde Ranch. They are certified by Professional Ski Instructors of America.

Lovett said the staff understands the camp takes place early in the season and adjusts the kilometers skied to fit the December fitness levels of the various groups in both skate and classic skiing.

Another 2005 participant, Sheila Wright, was back for her second year last December. She said the camp is an “absolute blast.”

“To have the opportunity to be coached by a variety of instructors, each with their own teaching style and technique, has enabled me to take my Nordic skiing to a higher level,” Wright said.

Participants are expected to take their own equipment. However, rentals are available at Ski Haus. Selleck promises to bring a host of manufacturers’ reps to camp with the latest equipment so participants can test new skis, boots and poles.

To register, go to http://www.thenordiclink.com or call 970-846-9206. Registrations will also be taken at Ski Haus, Lake Catamount and the Steamboat Ski Touring Center.