Wild Mountain, the popular day-trip ski area just east of the Twin Cities near Taylor Falls, is offering a comprehensive women's race camp Dec. 4-5, with a follow-up one-day clinic in February.

The cost of the program, which doesn't include lift tickets, is $145 for the two-day program. The follow-up single day clinic Feb. 5 is $84, and can be signed up for later in the season.  An adult lift ticket is $41 daily.

The race program is taught by female instructors and includes lots of on-snow time and training.

You start by working on four fundamental areas of skiing to make sure your skiing mechanics are ready for drilling on race principals and tactics.  In addition to gate training drills you work on starts, finishes and mental preparation for the race.  Camp takes you from early season training to race day preparedness, according to Wild's Amy Frischmon.

"In addition to the drills and race training we will be videotaping, which is a valuable tool in critiquing performances," she told OnTheSnow.  "The coaches will go over your performance at the end of the second day giving each participant feedback on individual performances.  This is our eighth season for the race program, and it's grown each year." 

Dona Lammert has participated in the last six female race camps, and is again looking forward to this year's camp.

"I started skiing six years ago and got right into the female race camp.  It's geared to all levels of participants and offers a lot of individual attention.  You don't have to be an expert skier to benefit.  The female instructors really relate to you. 

"I was a beginner, and now I love to race," she enthused. "I've made lots of friends through it.  It's just a great way to kick-start the season."

Wild Mountain, about an hour from the Twin Cities, was the first ski area to open in the Midwest in late October.

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