Achieving GOLD

ZARDOG’s Secret to GOLD



My friend Dave wrote a wonderful 27 page document that is very impressive.

I encourage everyone to read this. Dave’s Quest

Self Assessment:

In actuality a person should be able to ski/board a blue run.  

Level 6 and above Skill Level


    • Set on a Blue Intermediate slope
    • Slope pitch varies at each resort
    • Nationals are steeper
    • Length is 1,300 feet
    • Maybe one rhythm Change
    • One gotcha turn
    • GOLD is top 20%


Time on Snow –  (4 – 6 hours each)  6 race days ( 7 runs a day)  8 training days.  84 hours a bit over 2 weeks a year.

USSA Jr race team are on snow 4 days a week. Pro – 200 + days. For a baseline think 10 race days and 6 runs a race.

How many years well,  younger the faster, and less bad habits Older mid 30 – 60 , a beginner would take 3 to 5 years plus. Older skiers may take longer to adjust to new techniques and break the muscle memory of bad habits.

The sweet spot is like any sport, is using coaching, training, psychology and goals to reach repetitive muscle memory, No thinking just doing. That takes time. With drills and video, a person can achieve pretty good success.

MONEY- You do not need new gear. Just good bindings, used skis cost $200 and up and Boots 150$.  Purchase the real technical stuff as you progress. Once a person achieves mid Silver the boots need to be stiffer 120+ flex.  look for a 17 meter turn radius.

Residual Cost : lifts Night pass/ 40% day 550$ with Gas and race fees. for 20 + days on snow.  each year.


See TIME and See Money :o)   A person needs desire. to push themselves .  It takes work and is not always fun.

  One cool depiction of rapid progression then a plateau. The line is delta between a platinum racer (top 5%)


Coaching comes in many forms. Some coaching can be paid for short term, or in weekend groups. Skidome offers free training and help.

Much material can be gained by reading many of the pages in this site. Having access to videos, (vids= coach POV).  Training videos and some free books on the market.

The Coach – Instructor is there to look at a person and decide which drills will help move skills to muscle memory. To demonstrate the correct form.


A human cannot beat physics. physics is used to explain the carve radius turn. Picture a swing in a playground. While gaining momentum in a swing , as the body pulls through the radius, the acceleration can be felt. Turn the vertical swing horizontal, and that is a carved turn. Achieving acceleration using physics.

There are tactics that are in play too. All on the Site.


Dryland training should be utilized in the fall.

Time on Snow:

While free skiing, try and keep up with a faster skier or group. Push the comfort zone higher.

Drill: 1 to 4 ration ie. 1 hour for every 4 hr pass.

Drill Book for skiing

Drill to fix an issue. Usually a person can mitigate 3 issues per season.

Racing:  Try 6 runs on Nastar per visit Gold usually need  12+ runs a season over 2 races. A beginner needs more than 40+

 The BASICS matter: train using regular instructors in groups to fix the alignment and stance.

Obtain video of front back and side views for analysis. The You Tube repository has frame by frame analysis.

A video of me in a race 2011 with BAD habits.

Psychology :

Brain work is part of the training. Comfort Zone for speed and tactics. Self Talk. Visualization

These are the final touches to master.