Busy offseason yielding big results for Sunlight Ski Team | PostIndependent.com

Busy offseason yielding big results for Sunlight Ski Team

Jeff Caspersen
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

SUNLIGHT MOUNTAIN, Colorado – The Sunlight Ski Team’s memorable opening weekend – one that yielded 14 gold medals and five silvers with skiers competing in both Durango and Aspen – didn’t materialize out of nothing. Training for the 2011 season began long ago for the team’s 16 members.

Plyometrics-heavy dryland training during the offseason, an intensive camp over the holiday break and a summer trek to Oregon’s Mount Hood highlighted a busy preseason schedule for the 7- to 14-year-old Sunlight skiers.

Dryland training started a few months back at CrossFit Gym in Glenwood Springs.

“We do a lot of plyometrics and explosive-type training,” fourth-year Sunlight Ski Team head coach John Bresnitz said. “We’ve been working hard on quickness and agility.”

Bresnitz’s bunch first planted their skis on a mountain back in October with trips to Loveland. The coach even took a segment of the team to Mount Hood for a week-long camp in July.

And then there was the intensive, nine-day camp at Sunlight in late December.

“The first five days were slalom and giant slalom,” Bresnitz said. “After Christmas, we did speed camp. We were loading the lift at 8 [in the morning] with the patrol and we would do downhill, super-G type training until about 10 o’clock. We trained slalom and GS in the afternoon. The speed training went really well.”

The work ethic his skiers have shown has blown Bresnitz away.

“They’re just really special kids,” he said. “I mean, we have a lot of talent and they’ve developed an awesome work ethic. … I think our kids are in better shape and stronger than, I think, any other team out there.”

New Sunlight Ski Team assistant coach Jim Rockler, who has many seasons of coaching experience under his belt, hasn’t run across a harder-working bunch.

“I’ve never seen a better group of kids,” Jim Rockler said. “They’re magic.”

Bresnitz, Rockler and the Sunlight racers hope to see their training-fueled success continue with a trip to Crested Butte this weekend.


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