Katie Hensien is Getting Ready For Ski Season… Are You?

September 30, 2019
Re-Post From Keelys Ski Camp

We asked U.S. Ski Team Member and Keely’s Camp Coach, Katie Hensien about her early season skiing and mindset, and what advice she would give her 13 yr old self… Check out her pro tips!

U.S. Team athlete, Katie Hensien, was one of the original Keely’s Campers back in 2011 and she is now one of the all-star coaches who returns to our Mt. Hood race camp each summer.

Katie started her first World Cup, Killington in 2017 at the age of 16. This past season Katie won her first NCAA D1 Race, her first NorAm Race, and earned a Silver Medal at the 2019 World Junior Alpine Championships in Val Di Fassa, Switzerland.

Katie also attends the University of Denver, where she is a member of the DU Ski Team.

Keely’s Camp: What do you like to physically focus on when getting back on snow at the start of the ski season?

Katie Hensien: If you are like me, you probably have a big smile on your face. You should be excited and anxious to get back on snow. I like to focus on remembering the feeling of skiing. I just want to remember what it feels like to make a good clean turn.

KC: Do you spend time freeskiing outside of gates during the early season?

Katie: Yes, freeskiing is so important. During my first camp back, I always try to do 3-4 freeski runs before jumping into the gates. This helps me remember to practice the fundamentals. I focus from the ground up. Thinking about what my knees and ankles are doing. Focusing on where my body is – am I stacked up over my outside ski? Where am I pressuring during the turn? I also try to end those first sessions a bit early so I can go do a couple runs out of the course afterwards. Freeskiing at the end of the day lets me take a step back and slow things down. I use the end of day runs to reflect on how the training day went and think about things I need to work on.

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