There’s Nothing Like Flying on the Ground!

July 8 2018 BY Keely

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Session 2 Recap

My name is Riley Becker, I am from Big Sky MT, and have been attending this camp for seven years! Session two of Keely’s race camp for girls brought with it many new relationships, invaluable life lessons, helpful and inspiring skiing tips, and of course tons of fun! The first day started out gathering anxious campers traveling from across the county, and introducing them to their home for the week. As the girls walked in they were invited with the welcoming of many hardworking and inspiring women, who we all were lucky enough to have as our coaches, cooks, and mentors for a quick fun-packed seven days.


“Keely’s camp teaches young girls that we are capable of anything, all we have to do is wake up, work hard, learn and take care of ourselves to improve not only in skiing but in any aspect of our lives.”


Keely’s camp has always been special to me because of the motivation and self-confidence it gives us young girls. As we grow from child, to teenager, to young adult, our personalities are shaped and are only determined by the words we absorb, and events we experience during this time. Keely’s camp teaches young girls that we are capable of anything, all we have to do is wake up, work hard, learn and take care of ourselves to improve not only in skiing but in any aspect of our lives. Each and every time I come to this camp I feel overwhelmed with a growing self-confidence and a better understanding of how important it is to reach out, be kind and make new friends, as these relationships truly do impact your life.

IMG_7162Throughout my skiing career so far I have worked hard to improve many common issues in my technique, that many skiers will come across. The key to make a change to be better, is listening to your coaches, and asking questions to ensure you really are making sense of what’s being said. Personally I feel as though many young skiers will be nervous to ask questions, because who wants to be the odd one out? In Keely’s camp this isn’t even a thought to be concerned over, the coaches will go out of their way to make sure you understand what’s being said. They will draw out what they mean to help visually, and make many different comparisons on and off the hill to ensure comprehension. Generally, I have learned that if you have a question, many of the other campers also have the same one! Which is why it has always been comforting to be surrounded by question-encouraging coaches, who truly do go out of their way to help you understand.

To go along with this, I have reached out to a couple campers and asked what they thought was the best advice received during this session:

 

1. Pole planting is key!
2. Stay under the ceiling above my head so I don’t pop up during transitions!
3. Don’t over counter.
4. You always need to adapt to change, ski racing teaches you this as you need to be adaptive, it’s an important life skill.
5. Keep up what you’re doing and you’ll be a dang good skier! – (Leanne Smith)


“You can go bungee jumping, or you can go sky diving, but there’s nothing like flying on the ground!” – Shaye Ewing


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Camper Shaye Ewing (left) and Coach Intern Riley Becker (right)

The most important piece of information I’ve been given during this camp was, one, coaches work really hard! Two, don’t give up. I’ve been struggling with a certain part of my skiing since day one at Keely’s camp years ago, and thanks to these coaches I’ve just now finally figure it out! And three, ask questions, ask many of them, literally about anything, you will learn so much and take what you learn away with you for many years to come.

Finally, us session two campers and I would like to thank Keely’s camp for giving us the most magical experience year after year and keeping our strong girl motivation alive! Skiing is a beautiful part of life that should be enjoyed by everyone, I have become a skiing addict and could not be more grateful for the opportunities this camp has given me. A quote from camper Shaye Ewing, “You can go bungee jumping, or you can go sky diving, but there’s nothing like flying on the ground!”

Thank you Keely’s Camp for helping us “fly” in not only skiing, but life too!