We already know that Holiday Valley coaches are top notch, but they added another hole to their belts on Dec. 7 when Peter Anderson, the U.S. Women’s World Cup Tech Team assistant coach, headed a four-hour coaching clinic for about 25 instructors, athletes and parents.
It’s been over 30 years since a World Cup coach came to Ellicottville. Miguel Azcarate, director of the Training Center at Holiday Valley, felt this was a great opportunity for his staff and athletes, so he arranged the clinic with Peterson.
Azcarate said, “He works for me in the summertime for some ski camps that I have with Ted Ligety at Mt. Hood in Oregon.”
Peterson and Roland Pfeifer, women’s technical head coach of the U.S. Ski Team, train Mikaela Shiffrin and Resi Stiegler, who reached the World Cup slalom podium last winter.
Peterson, who specializes in slalom and giant slalom racing, covered techniques and tactical pointers, and discussed equipment used in World Cup ski racing.
Steve Potter, a racing coach at Holiday Valley, attended the clinic. “He showed us a video and we got to ask him a million questions,” he said. “It was very informative, a great opportunity.”
Even though Peterson teaches on a higher plane, he said the two worlds are not that different.
“Basically, they are teaching the same thing. The biggest difference is that they just work with a lot of talent and a lot of time, but there are a lot of similarities,” said Azcarate.
“We only have the kids for a short time on weekends and he has these girls year round,” said Potter.