Bagging Tricks On The Airbag (7/8/13)

BY DEVIN LOGAN

Waterville athlete Tim Ryan on the dry slope
Looking forward to doing this again soon!

Hey everyone! Just checking in again and updating you on my summer training. Last you have heard from me I was finishing up my return to snow camp in Mammoth Lakes, Calif. with U.S. Freeskiing. Even though I wasn’t able to ski to my fullest potential, it was a great starting point for me mentally and physically. I left Mammoth happy and en route back to the East Coast to go get some down time.

For most of June I was hanging back at Mount Snow, Vt., getting in some family time. It has been quite sometime since I last saw my family with rehabbing my knee the past few months. And before everything starts to get crazy with my upcoming summer schedule, I just wanted to have some time to relax and get back to my roots.

While I was on the east I wanted to take advantage of some of the resources that were available to me. Since I was 8 years old I attended the Freestyle America Trampoline/Water Ramp camps hosted by the Preston’s in Waterville Valley, N.H. Recently they have added additions to their summer training facilities with a dry slope airbag setup that has been doing wonders for summer ski training. With just getting back to skiing and still building back my bag of tricks, I wanted to be able to practice them as safely as possible before taking them to snow. This was my first time hitting a setup like this and I was a little nervous about how my knee would like it.

After spending two weeks training with Dan Shuffelton, head coach at Waterville, I surprised myself with my progress. Many people have different opinions about training on airbags, but I am all for it now. Comparing it to the water ramps, it is so much less impact on my knee, which I was thrilled about! I got way more out of this training than I thought I would going into it originally. It really helped to get my confidence back throwing my tricks and knowing I was able to do them without worrying about if I would hurt myself again. I left Waterville confident and excited to head to Whistler for some more on-snow training camps.

I really believe this set up at Waterville is going to be a game changer for East Coast skiers because it is so easily accessible for the kids that can’t ski in the summertime. I am planning on heading back to Waterville in September to get some more time on the airbag in and hopefully learn new tricks for next season. Next stop for me is Whistler for most of July! Wish me luck!