Here what our students are saying:
"The two day clinic was the best one week racing camp I've ever been to"
(read full testimonial here)
MSR 2008 Ski Camp Participant,
"I have got to say that I really admire the way you selflessly help other racers particularly those new to the game in Masters or Nastar. Sometimes racing can be kind of a closed off clique and that can be intimidating for a newbie. Helping others get interested in ski racing, helps generate interest in the sport, creates training opportunities as well as racing opportunities. It also causes folks who do it to encourage their kids to take it up which comes back around to more athletes, greater depth so more Ligetys, Kildows and so on. If I could I would nominate you for Ski Racer of the year for being so enthusiastic and helpful to others interested in racing."
Flying Fossil, Epicski.com
"I've been skiing for 31 years (I'm 33). To change technique at a high level of skiing is quite difficult. Through the team at MSRT I’m well on my way to being a top-level national master's racer, and a national champ in NASTAR again. Their ability to communicate their concepts is amazing. Quick, concise ideas, lead to faster times. That's what it's all about. So, if you want to race faster or make perfect turns, MSRT clinics are for you.
Erick Northroup, 2005 NASTAR National Champion
"In 1980, as a fledgling advanced skier, I decided I wanted, at age 30, to learn how to race. I set up a week long race camp at Snow Summit in Southern California, and had the great pleasure of having Gary as my first race coach. At that time, he was passionate, dedicated, an excellent racer, and a great coach. Today, he is even more passionate, still dedicated, an excellent racer, and a better coach.&n! bsp; In my 25 years of racing, no one noticed my boot cants where not only off, they where way off. Gary noticed right away. I still enjoy Gary’s spirited approach, passion, and coaching today as much as I did 25 years ago."
USSA Master Racer
"Why, in my seven or eight (minus a couple for injury) years of skiing has no one ever told me to "Roll my ankles" on the flats?
It is such a basic thing, really, but when I paid attention to that, suddenly my skiing on the flats got much, much faster, and everything else seemed to click.
I am not sure what I was doing with my ankles before you pointed them out, but whatever it was wasnt correct. something was getting short circuited somewhere between the knees and the skis, and I think you put your finger on it.
Thank you! Looking forward to any other sage bits of advice you might have."
"Gary I want to thank you for breaking the ice with waiststeering. I had pretty much come to the same conclusions that you have at the end of last year but was very cautious to say the word "Waist" in a very PSIA midwest setting. I believe I would have been totally ostracised. Your waiststeering is pretty much the culmination of my bulldozer turn taken to its anatomical conclusion. I knew then and can see now that it was right and was revolutionary.
I was not as active in the forum this summer as I have been in the past. I find absolutely no holes in what you are presenting but its light years ahead of PSIA or PMTS. I have paid dearly for my work out front of PSIA here in the midwest. I am on the outside looking in with very few opportunities to train staff at many of the local area ski hills as a result of my work on the very same thing. I think if you look through the archives I have been ostracised in here as well.
Racing is really not! been my thing but Waiststeering/bulldozer turning really is the core of the mogul clinic that I started last year that has been very successful. Moguls are not a lot different than gates. They dictate when and where to turn. In moguls its ideal as it keeps the cm up over the feet better and allows steering a line that does not go up and down nearly as much.
Keep it up you have my backing 100% and I have very high regards here in Epicski. I personally would love to ski with you."
"I went from a mid-low
20's handicap intermediate racer to a low teens expert handicap
(best handicap 7) in less than a season, mostly by applying
MSRT techniques I read about and assimilated through the NASTAR
Forum. Gary and Tommy are patient, thoughtful, and insightful
MSR Snowbasin Clinic Participant
2005 Nastar National Competitor
What a powerful and simple way of uniting many technical matters
fundamental to deliberate, powerful turns; tight line; quick
reactions/recoveries, and in the end, plain fast skiing. Without
having given it a thought, I feel the transition happen in
a fraction of the time than necessary without the move. Entering
the power portion of a turn just after transition, my pelvis
squares to the skis, my ski tips line-up, and my shoulders
square-up too – perfectly aligning my structure. Because
my core is engaged and I’m skeletally aligned, I can
feather a turn in an instant when I must. I can also withstand
monster holes and cross ruts far too frequently experienced
in masters events and training – even at 150lbs. Waist
Steering puts you into an incredibly balanced, very powerful,
stable and resilient position, and provides the ability to
ski a shorter distance and faster through a course."
"Gary, please let me take a moment to thank you for the excellent coaching
last weekend. You definitely made our weekend! Thanks to you
and Liz I can finally see that the improvement I have been looking
for will come. I was very impressed with the knowledge you have of the racing
turn but even more with your ability to communicate how to properly execute
it! It worked. I went from the 18’s to a 12.59 handicap in 2 days of
coaching. I'll be doing my core hip turns in the mirror, taking Tai Chi
and looking forward the next time I can get out of the OC and back on the boards
in PC for some racing! Thanks again."
Kenneth T. France
as you could tell I’m new to racing but have skied since
I was in my late teens. I enjoyed the progression of the drills
and the application of them in every day skiing as well as racing.
Your discussion and core turning techniques really hit home. I
was a professional dancer for over 35 years in ballet, jazz and
tap. The core is everything to a dancer. All the balance and strength
to move gracefully and powerfully come from the core or “center.” You
ideas on race turns using the core and hip turns as a foundation
really hit home. You were able to get me from the high thirties
to a 28.86 handicap in two days.
I now am looking forward to working
on race technique! More importantly you gave me the confidence
to continue working on and enjoying racing. Now I’m
looking for gates to run and practicing the drills on the flats. Thanks for
getting me started!"
I have read a number of your “Waist turn” posts on
the NASTAR forum and skied with you several times, and from my
experience you are right on. The turns that skiers like Bode and
some of the other top-level ski racers in the world are making
are revolutionary but I have never read any analysis of what they
are doing, until I read your post. Your analysis of what’s
going on during a turn is technical yet understandable. I am personally trying to add your technique
to my skiing and when I do it correctly my skiing is better, it
feels more solid, stronger, and quicker. Keep up the good work,
I look forward to skiing with you again."
have now skied over 40 years, have been a level 3 certified
ski instructor in the past and played with ski racing for many
years. The "new" information was fantastic and really opened
up my mind to the possibility of great improvement, and I thank
you for that because I have felt stagnant for some time. Talking
about the root stance and the dynamics of the body in reference
to skiing was great because I am a Chiropractor and body mechanics
is what I deal with every day. One of the best things with
the drills is not only understanding why we do them but to
be able to go out on our own and practice. A cute side note:
You might remember my sister in law, Donna, did not want to
come to the clinic on Thursday. Her husband made her come.
On Friday, after she experienced Thursdays clinic, she said
to both of us “Can we go again Saturday?” By Sunday
she was out carving up the hill like crazy using the new information.
She was going around, “saying were are there some gates
I can practice on?” An amazing turn around for someone
who in the past would not even go through a Nastar course.
(the MSRT) stance, combined with waist steering and ankle roll
takes less energy to get on edge! The advantage I had in skiing
with them (the MSR Team) was that I could see their principles
in action, and I had the opportunity to work on the ideas with
the pros there to correct me. It was a great experience."
the first day, Gary got me to make changes in my skiing –something
that I never really thought would happen. Gary’s progression,
on the other hand, has gotten me skiing in a completely
new and different way. Gary has the skill to communicate ideas
quickly, and he does so in a way that gets you to make changes
quickly. I’ve learned a lot about equipment, too, since I’ve started
working with Gary."
consider myself to be no better than a solid intermediate skier
and certainly not very fast. The short story is that after
only 3 runs I had managed to pick up a Bronze medal; and by
the end of the day was solidly in the middle of the pack for
my age group. Gary is a great coach."
"I am the Director of Powderhorn Racing Club, where Gary, Liz, Warren,
and Jeff recently put on a Jr race clinic. In a word, it was fantastic. One
thing everyone needs to understand about MSR teaching: it's comprehensive
and state of the art, it's not just a "shtick" about waist steering. The waist
steering progression is based on stance, balance, athletic movement, etc.,
it's not isolated. With our younger kids, the instruction was appropriatly
basic, but REALLY thorough and precise. The older kids got the same, with
the waist steering progression added, but not hammered or "sold". More than
anything, the MSR team brought a rare combination of passion, enthusiasm,
wisdom, experience, creativity, and COMMON SENSE to our small program which
energized and inspired all of us from the littlest J5 to the coaches and parents
(I'm a parent and coach, in the pic, I'm on the end holding the pink Nordica's
at chest height, my son's a hot J3, and TOUGH critic who loved every minute
of the clinic). What these guys are doing for the race community is unprecedented
and in my opinion, to be lauded."
Ken Scissors, Powderhorn Racing Club, Director
2006 MSRT Howelsen Hill Clinic
Hats off to Gary Dranow and his crew. We attended last year's 2005 clinic and decided to take our daughter this year. The confidence and tips they gave her were tremendous. My daughter won, my wife rocked and got second, and I finished fifth. Gary has a passion for the sport and makes it fun. Gary, Jeff, and Warren have the ability to instantly give you the feedback you need to take it to the next level whether you are 60 handicap or a 5 handicap. It is awesome to have access to current World Cup techniques and advice as a recreational racer. The Video Analysis was great. The Tuning Clinic was very enlightening. And racing at historic Howelson Hill was priceless.
Gotta echo the sentiments! Small things make BIG differences. Gary asked Jeff Sadis (Holmenkol) to critique my skiing and he pointed out a single, simple issue ("stacking") that although not completely fixed, I made enough adjustment to perform much better then I would have otherwise. Thanks Jeff. More important, my inexperienced 12 yr old daughter, Abby, brought herself up from the bottom of the rung in the silver div. to the middle of the pack. Again, it was a small thing that Tommy pointed out (breaking at the waist and hand position) but it was like a light bulb went on for her. HC's dropped from the 80's to the 60's at Nationals. That is huge and nothing makes a kid want to race more then success. Thanks Tommy. Hats are off (watch the glare) to Jeff, Tommy, & especially Gary for affording us the opportunity to improve our game and imparting their passion and experience to us weekend warriors. Large Kudos!
Ron Simonson, 2006 MSRT Howelsen Hill Clinic Attendee, 2006 Nastar Nationals Combined Raw Time Male Champion
We too did the Thursday clinic, and would recommend it highly. The coaching was great - Warren, Rick Schnellman, and Jeff did a great job on the hill, and Warren's video analysis was great, and spot on. Where else can a bunch of NASTAR racers get World Cup caliber coaching on a one on one basis? It ainít happening anywhere else. The course set was one of the most difficult, yet fun courses (if that can be) I have ever raced on. A challenge, yet the slip/inspections made it do-able. If more people would have inspected as well during the actual races, there might not have been as many problems. It certainly helped Ellen and I - we both had out best Nationals results by far - and it prepared us very well for the pitch and conditions we encountered in the race course.
I would recommend this clinic to anyone who asks - we will certainly be looking forward to working with these guys next season, and look forward to a Midwest clinic next season. (Hint, Hint!!)
I would like to thank Gary, Tommy, Rick, Warren and Jeff for all their time and expertise - it made the week that much more fun!
This is kind of late, but maybe not..
I attended the clinic yesterday at Howelsen Hill with my son Ridge. It has got to be the best race training I have ever seen administered. We have a bunch of them under our belt, from privates to USSA certified Top shelf, top quality instruction on a private course, right next to Junior Olympians!!
Ridge didn't want to do it at first, I pushed... "Ridge you are at steamboat to race, you will take one day of full training prior to the race" well guess what? He now wants to return today!! What a confidence booster!
Great job guys, Warren, Jeff, and Gary! you guys are the best! From last minute boot fitting, to step by step race wax prep for the conditions here, to video critiques, to starting gate drills to a more technically difficult 40 second course. To those who know me, can you believe that I don't have anything to complain about!
We will definitely be attending one of their clinics again.
I second the kudos to the MSRT clinic at Howelson Hill. They were spot on with all of their observations. The entire event was handled with a professional & positive approach. I spent the better part of today implementing their comments & tips. I could feel the difference immediately. Thanks guys! Your clinic was a serious confidence builder.
Stockliman, Nastar Forum Member
My hats off to the MSRT crew, I would try to name them all but I do not want to leave anyone out. I took both of the clinics at Howlson Hill this year and I am glad I did. I could not say enough good things about the clinic and the MSRT coaches. This was the very first coaching I have had since I started ski racing last season. I was given the basics that I needed to build on in a way that a new racer could understand. Starting from my boots, which I found were two sizes to big, to my hand position, to breaking at the waist. And as Kevin stated, "Being more dynamic". If you look at my pictures from the first clinic day and then look at the race day photos you can see the difference the coaching made.
What the pictures do not show is the encouragement I was given by all the coaches. That was defiinitely a confidence builder. I left the clinic feeling like I had something to build on for next year. I will definitely return. Once again my hats off to all the coaches and staff of the MSRT. I hope to see you all on the East Coast for a session next season.
Copper (Jerome "Jerry" Leisher)
Thanks for the kind words. Your clinic on Thursday afternoon definitely helped me prepare for the Friday and Saturday races. The coaching was great and the run we trained on at Howelson was great experience. I am already looking forward to next season. Thanks again.
Thank you very much for your note. Regarding the MSRT clinic Ė both Jason and I enjoyed it immensely. Howelson Hill was certainly the steepest and most challenging course that we had ever raced on. It was also by far the most fun! Also, if you check back on Jasonís race record, youíll see that he had his best results ever while at your clinic. He dropped about 4 points off of his previous best handicap. Unfortunately, I canít say the same for myself Ė Iíll have to leave that for next year. Please extend our thanks to the other coaches (and clinic participants) who made this such an enjoyable experience.
It was a pleasure meeting you, Liz, Jeff & Warren. I really appreciate all of the positive feedback I received. I feel that I got a lot out of the clinic, but as with most changes to technique they will take some time to ďburn inĒ so as to become instinctive. Thanks again for a great experience and the confidence boost.
MSRT-Rossignol Sponsorship Program
I just wanted to take a moment to give my heart felt thanks to Rossignol and the MSR Team. I am one of the privileged recipients of a new set of 'Rossi' Race Stock Skis. Being the father of 2, having a Quiver of skis has never been an option. I have always had 1 set of All Mountain Carvers like my old Super 10-4s and I skied them until the edges were gone before getting new ones. The thought of actually owning a real race ski was out of the question.
Through the tremendous efforts of Rossignol and MSRT, and their efforts in promoting Ski Racing in the US, I have been afforded the opportunity to get out of my Pinto and into a Mustang (sorry, I'm a Ford guy). Hopefully by next March, I'll learn how to do the ski justice.... MSRT is coming East-right? *grin
Thanks again for the opportunity to get on a REAL race ski!!!
Ron Simonson- 2006 Combined Male Raw Time Champion
On behalf of Steffi Klosterman and her family, we'd like to thank Nastar, Gary, Tommy and the MSRT crew for helping to raise the bar for both of our kids. She is on cloud 9 after her finish at Steamboat and, when she learned that she was going to get a set of new skis...well, you probably could hear her screams 1/2-way across the country! Entering her first year of J3 competition next year, the demands for Steffi include event specific skis. The Rossignol program is a godsend as we look to outfit her with up to 3 sets of skis for next year!
At Park City last year, Steffi and her brother Paul attended the initial MSRT clinics out at Snowbasin. The enthusiasm of the clinic coaches and sponsors and their genuine love of skiing and ski racing was infectious and helped feed a growing hunger for racing. This year both kids joined USSA and spent the year honing skills as part of the Attitash Mountain Ski team, at the Attitash Ski area in New Hampshire. (Paul finished 3rd, btw, in the 7-8 year old male/platinum division.) While we didn't make the MSRT clinics this year, we're not surprised to hear that folks felt the coaching was helpful.
Not all Nastar participants are likely to attempt to jump to the next level of competition, but if they want to get the most of out attending the Nationals, we strongly recommend attending the MSRT race clinics prior to the race. In addition to the fine level of coaching, it's also a great way to get yourself oriented and into the right frame of mind to do your best.
Thanks, congrats to all participants and good luck next season!
The Klosterman family
As a recipient of Rossignol skis and bindings I would like to take this opportunity to express my THANKS to Gary Dranow and Rossignol for considering someone of my advanced age for this award. This is very special as Rossignol skis have been my choice for many years, as for my son who just completed 34 years on Ski Patrol.
Needless to say I'am looking forward to this coming ski season and want to additionally THANK JEFF Butz for the offer of 3 full service tunes and last but not least the MSRT race program/clinic. My coming ski season appears to be very bright. THANKS AGAIN