Ski Coaching for
Recreational Skiers comes to Higley
"Higley Nordic Ski Masters"
The second season of
Higley Nordic Ski Masters grew to about 30 skiers and 5 volunteer
coaches meeting on Sunday afternoons from January through March till
the snow disappeared. Danielle Jerry started the club in 2017. Her
goal was to foster the Nordic ski community at Higley by offering
volunteer coaching for adults wanting to improve their skills.
Although long-time Nordic skiers, Danielle and her husband, Bob
Platte, had never had lessons until they joined a Nordic Masters (age
30+) group in Alaska, where they lived prior to moving to Potsdam in
2015. The joy of learning how to ski better through coaching was
contagious and upon retiring to Potsdam and discovering the ski
trails and lodge at Higley Flow, Danielle met with the Board of the
Higley Friends and volunteered to coordinate an adult Masters
Volunteer coaches are the key to the program’s success and having 5
coaches this year made it much easier to cover all sessions.
However, the club is always looking for experienced skiers to help
coach. The 90-minute sessions are divided into 2 self-defined groups
– Beginners and Intermediates. Beginners skied only classic
technique, while Intermediate sessions rotated between working on
Skating or Classic technique. Near the end of the session, Bob video
taped some of the Intermediate skiers and used the Coach’s Eye App
to let them see for themselves whether they were truly shifting their
weight fully from one ski to the other. He looks forward to doing
this again next year.
The ease of renting
classic skis at the Park allowed some new skiers to join us on
Sundays. Since many North Country skiers don’t have skate skis, we
are investigating ideas to expand the rental options to include a few
pairs of skate skis.
Higley Nordic Ski
Masters will start again next January. If you are interested in
joining, contact Danielle Jerry firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will also post an announcement in the fall
Newsletter and put it on the Friends web page.
Note: Once we get ready for the 2018/2019 ski season, a full page
will be added to the website to include all the details.