Ski School

What up from Ski Camp. MFN awesome up here…although progressing in this sport is tough/painful business.  I am on Day 2 in the Terrain Park, and like others I already have a tweaked thumb, a tweaked rotator cuff (won’t let it stop me), two majorly skinned elbows (one from jumping onto the airbag and one from skiing with the CF Scottsdale t-shirt on, the snow was abrasive), and a bruise from hitting a the Water Ramp today.  Not to mention I broke two different sets of poles on the first morning of Day 1, before lunch.  That is a tough start to camp, but all in the name of progression.

I am now riding rails/boxes better than I ever have before, landed my first Switch 180 (approaching the jump backwards), and finally landed my first 360 on snow at the end of the day today.  That was an epic moment in my life. Then I hit a front flip in skis using the water ramp later in the day when we got off the hill. I’ve ran into a couple other fellow Crossfitters up here.

The best part is that the key to launching all of these jumps is keeping a tight core with a nice even center of gravity as you approach the ramp, and then extending as you get close to the lip, with full extension at the lip of the jump (almost like the sensation at the top of the box jump, when we have to extend).  If you don’t then you get in the back seat on your jump and all hell brakes loose.

 “So the things I’ve learned from all of you has helped my progression a lot” Anyway, here is the picture I promised you…..not quite at the bottom of my OH squat.  I know its not perfect form, but in my defense it was hard to find flat ground and I was in ski boots. All in all a great time, and I’m still alive and walking, and even skiing. Thank you and all the Coaches for making me better.

Dave Kuivinen