Coaching Resources

This year’s BWL 2020 Coaches Off-Snow Zoom Training is available to watch by clicking HERE.


Race Training Exercises for BWL skiers

BWL has compiled the following videos to help coaches work on additional drills on any BWL ski day.  Most of these are from The USSA’s Skills Quest program developed for coaches to use with different levels of skiers.

Phase 2

For ski racers ages 6 – 10 with 1 – 4 years of skiing to develop a broad base of skiing skills through lots of games, fun challenges, skiing exercises and drills. Click the links below for drills.

Railroad Tracks – Edging drill:

Whirlybird Turns – Rotary drill:

Hop Turns – Basic U10 drill:

Great Balance Skills to do anywhere on the mountain:

Falling Leaf Drill

1000 Steps

Thumper Exercise

Balanced Athletic Stance

Varying Arm Positioning Drills

One ski turns are a great way to teach edging and race turning

Pole Jumpers help skiers with balance

Free Skiing with pole usage

Straight Run Side Slip great rotary and timing drill

Short Radius Turn Drills

Phase 3

For racers with some race experience ages 10 – 14 with 4 – 8 years of skiing.

Foot Rotation / Hockey Stop – Tips for Intermediate Skiers – Pressure Drill:

One Ski Skiing helps with balance, edging, agility –

Pole Jumbers in a tuck helps with skier agility and strength

Pivot Slips teaches lower and upper body separation

Free skiing with lane change

Outside ski Vs. Inside ski turns – great visuals!

Mikeala Shiffrin’s balance drills

Phase 4

For more advanced racers ages 11 and up with 5 – 9 years of skiing.

Here’s a great video on carving for more experienced skiers

Free Skiing Hourglass helps with speed control and balance

Straight run to side slip

One ski lane chance helps with balance, strengh and agility

Mikaela Shiffrin 7 Keys to Drill Mastery video

General Technical Videos from USSA:

A large variety of technical videos with

Single Pole Planting by Burkde Academy

Double Pole Planting by Burke Academy

USSA Alpine Training System link:

Race Tips:

Racing Resources:

Race Course Inspection and Slipping:  The-Art-of-Side-Slipping-and-Course-Inspection

Other videos worth looking at:

Mikaela Shiffrin In Search of Speed –

Ted Ligety’s The Perfect Turn –

Making The Perfect Turn with Lara Gut –

Action of the Legs –

Ted Ligety talks about freeskiing –

How to Fight from Start to Finish – Skiracing.com

Course Inspection with Mikaela –

Just for giggles –

USSA Skills Quest tasks/descriptions:

Concussion Myths –

Buddy Werner League – Vail/Beaver Creek Handbooks:

Get to know more about the BWL – V/BC Program by downloading and reading our Parent and Coaches Handbooks.  These contain important information for the season.

BWL 22-23 Parent Handbook – Parents please read prior to the start of the season to obtain important information about the program.

BWL 22-23 Coaching Handbook – Coaches please read for helpful information for the upcoming season.

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