Young racers can hone their skills at Ski Portillo’s U12/U14 Race Camps

| February 14, 2018 << Back

Renowned U.S. Ski team members including Lindsey Vonn, Julia Mancuso, Mikaela Shiffrin, Ted Ligety, and Bode Miller have all honed their racing skills during summer months at Ski Portillo, Chile. And now, aspiring World Cup racers have the opportunity to train in Ski Portillo as well with race camps for U12 and U14 skiers.

The two, week-long camps will run the week of July 21 – 28 and July 28 – Aug. 4, 2018. A 20% discount in lodging will be extended to those who participate in both weeks.

Directed by Portillo’s coaches and staff who have experience with FIS-racing and coaching at all levels, the Portillo Race Camps are an immersive race camp experience with a small coach-to-athlete ratio and a strong incorporation of the following skills:

• Slalom and GS Fundamentals
• Speed Training and Jumping
• Skills-Quest Training
• Goal Setting
• Video Analysis
• Dryland Training

There will be two sessions per day boasting many terrain options and will include big-mountain free-skiing and as part of the training, a Thursday competitive race, and an awards ceremony.

More than just ski training, Portillo Race Camps will introduce the young athletes to a cultural experience in South America, which helps young athletes learn about traveling, training, and racing abroad.

The camps are designed for U12 and U14 racers, and participants must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. For example, one parent could be designated as the legal guardian for four racers and share a family apartment.

The cost for the camp is $1700 for seven days on snow. Airfare, airport transfers, and room and board is not included in the cost of the camp. Ski Week packages can be bought in addition to the camp cost and include seven-night accommodations, four meals daily, lift tickets for eight days, and access to all the hotels’ facilities. For more information about ski week prices, please CLICK HERE. Here is a link for ski weeks pricing.

Portillo attracts some of the best ski instructors in the world who choose to ply their craft on the slopes of Portillo. Confidence, technique, and tactics combine to make a valuable experience on the mountain. Portillo’s Race Camp team are instructional experts who are USSA/PSIA trained on modern teaching methodology and have experience with FIS-racing and coaching at all levels. Following are the ski professionals and coaches who will be involved in the Portillo Race Camps for Young Racers:

• Simon Marsh has worked as a Competition Coach for Ski and Snowboard Club Vail for more than 10 years, working with young athletes to improve not only racing skills and results but also improve on important fundamentals so as to develop solid skiing skills.  He has also coached a local high school team in Vail, leading the team to two State titles in Colorado.  He is a USSA Certified Coach Level 300 and a fully certified coach/examiner for PSIA.  He has worked with teams and camps in Australia, Chile, and Mt. Hood, Oregon.

• James Winfield is originally from the UK but has been traveling the world skiing for more than 10 years, working full time as an instructor for 20 winters. He has been teaching in Portillo since 2011 and also teaches in Japan. James has a diverse skiing skill set with experience competing in freestyle, freeride, skiercross, and alpine racing.

• Michael Rogan is a five-time member of the PSIA Alpine Team and current team coach. He has played a key role with the U.S. Women’s Alpine Speed Team in providing them specific programs for pre-race on-snow warm-up. Most recently he was the fundamental skills and development coach for the top U16 and U18 skiers across the country based in Park City. Rogan is director of instruction for SKI Magazine and is Operations Manager for Hotel Portillo in Chile.

• Robin Barnes, Director of the Portillo Ski and Snowboard School, has more than 20 years of teaching and training experience. She is a member of the Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA) National Alpine Demonstration Team, a PSIA-Western Division Examiner, and a PSIA Level III instructor. Barnes has been a Heavenly Mountain Resort Instructor and Staff Trainer since 1989. She is a member of the Ski magazine Ski Test Team, and Ski magazine has twice recognized her as a Top 100 instructor.