Olympic skier returns home to share skills at Eaglecrest

Hilary Lindh and seven other instructors will teach women's ski day

Posted: Thursday, February 12, 2004

Hilary Lindh has traveled the world as a three-time Olympic skier and the 1997 world downhill champion, but she was born and raised in Juneau.

Now she's coming back to Eaglecrest to share some of her skills this weekend.

"I love skiing at Eaglecrest, and I'm really excited that there's snow this year," said Lindh, who earned a master's degree in conservation ecology last year and lives in Vancouver.

Lindh and about seven other women instructors will teach a "Yes You Can" women's ski day on Saturday. On Sunday, she'll lead a "Get Out of your Rut" workshop for men and women, and on President's Day she'll teach two "Take Off with Gates" workshops for kids.

The events should be relaxing and fun, Lindh said. Though many of the drills she uses to teach ski skills are geared for racing, they will improve a non-racer's overall form. They help the skier take a more positive - rather than defensive - position on the mountain.

The women's workshop has been instrumental in getting more women to ski all areas of the mountain, said Barb Lindh, Hilary Lindh's mother and the vertical activities coordinator at the ski area. She and ski school director Jeffra Clough organized the first women's workshop five years ago.

"Any day on Eaglecrest now women are skiing all over," Barb Lindh said. "Some of it is because of the new equipment, but some of it also is there's a big core group of women that has gained a lot of confidence that they can ski all over."

The workshop for kids is meant to get young skiers to feel comfortable racing, Clough said. The opportunity to meet a world-class skier can sometimes help motivate kids to learn new skills.

"She had to take many of the steps that they're taking now to get there," Clough said.

Participating in a workshop has some benefits over taking a private lesson at the area, Clough said.

"In a private lesson you only have an hour," she said. "So you get one tip and you get one hour to work on it."

In a workshop, the 30 skiers will have all day to work on several skills. They'll also meet other skiers with whom they can perfect their skills during what remains of the season, Clough said.

The adult workshops cost $55 each, plus more if the skier has to rent equipment or buy a ski pass. The cost includes breakfast and lunch and five hours of ski instruction.

Two youth workshops will be held, one from 9 a.m. to noon for beginner to intermediate skiers, and one from 1 to 4 p.m. for intermediate to advanced skiers. The sessions are $20 for skiers who hold a season pass and $27 for those who don't.

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