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What NASTAR Racers Can Learn from a Legend at Okemo Mountain Resort and Welch Village

What NASTAR Racers Can Learn from a Legend at Okemo Mountain Resort and Welch Village

When NASTAR racers gather in Okemo, Vt., this weekend for Eastern Championships, they’ll be racing on hallowed ground for 11-year World Cup racer AJ Kitt. “It’s where I first really discovered the love for speed,” reveals the four-time Olympian, now based in Hood River, Ore. “I remember being so stoked at Okemo.”
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When NASTAR racers gather in Okemo, Vt., this weekend for Eastern Championships, they’ll be racing on hallowed ground for 11-year World Cup racer AJ Kitt.
“It’s where I first really discovered the love for speed,” reveals the four-time Olympian, now based in Hood River, Ore. “I remember being so stoked at Okemo.”
In the early 80s, Kitt was a J2 who had just moved to Vermont from New York, and calls himself “a little fish in a big pond” at the time. “I was struggling to do well racing slalom and GS,” he recalls. “But at Okemo, I got to race super G, and I qualified for Easterns — after that race, I felt like speed was my ticket, and every time I go back there, I get that amazing feeling.”
This Friday, Jan. 29, Kitt will be going back there, to teach the Okemo NASTAR Racing Clinc, one day before the Eastern Championships scheduled for Jan. 30 and 31. For $80, racers can spend the day training with Kitt and Okemo coaches, learning the tips that might just tip the scale on race day.
“It doesn’t matter if it’s a junior wanting to go to the Olympics, or a masters racer looking to shave a few tenths off their time,” says Kitt. “It’s a reward for me to see them improve, to see their eyes light up when they feel they’ve made an improvement or even just a slight tweak that makes their skiing better and faster.”
Kitt calls the course at Okemo “a pretty straightforward NASTAR run,” but doesn’t discount the adrenaline factor. “There’s just something infectious about that clock,” he says of racers addicted to continually besting times. “That’s the firepower behind NASTAR.”
As a racer-turned-coach, Kitt says he calls upon some lessons he learned when imparting advice to NASTAR racers young and old. “What I learned early on in my ski racing career as a kid is that the relationship and communication style between the coach and racers is really critical — some of my coaches sounded like they were speaking Chinese,” he says with a laugh. “So, to bridge that communication gap, I’ll do drills and ski, and experiment from a technical, skill-based level. It’s like building a puzzle — you keep trying to find the piece that fits.”
Once races wrap up at Okemo this weekend, Kitt will turn his tips toward Welch Village, Minn., where the NASTAR Midwest Championships on Feb. 27 and 28 will also be preceded by a race clinic on the night of Friday, Feb. 26.
“I grew up skiing at night, under the lights — it adds a whole other element, makes it a little more spectacular,” says Kitt, who also has a soft spot for Welch not so much for the super G but for the super times. “It is a cool place — you get a lot of laughs at that mountain.”