Skicross Kids Camp

Enthusiastic faces, red cheeks and a whole lot of fun - the PistenBully KidsCamps 2019 were once again a highlight for a total of around 100 children who were keen to get professional tips from their sporting idols.

The program "Away from the PC - out into the snow", with which Kässbohrer wants to inspire children for winter sports, concerns everyone equally - ski resorts as well as ski associations and outfitters are dependent on sufficient new blood in winter sports. That is why this commitment is so well received and is increasingly establishing itself as a best-practice example.

SkiCross Camp with Daniel Bohnacker
Daniel Bohnacker is one of the most successful SkiCrossers in Germany - World Cup winner - Olympic participant - German champion. This time he accompanied the eventful PistenBully event for young people aged 12-16 years at the Ödbergliften Ostin at the Tegernsee. After Daniel's welcome and the distribution of the start numbers, there was no way around the strenuous warm-up program. Together with his DSV SkiCross colleague and co-coach Florian Wilmsmann and DSV coaches, it was then off to the course inspection, where important tips for the course were given. In various training sessions, the young athletes were introduced to the individual segments of ski cross: Start training, individual course sections and finally the entire course at race pace. Exciting duels in 2-person and 3-person heats and even in race mode in the 4-person heat crowned the day and created a great atmosphere among athletes and parents.

Cross country camp with Florian Notz
Having just returned from the World Championships in Seefeld, the 26-year-old cross-country skier welcomed 16 curious kids between the ages of 10 and 14 at the ski jump in Oberstdorf together with his own DSV coach Stefan Dotzler. What was a premiere for everyone - in extremely mixed weather - turned out to be great fun with lots of tips and tricks. In addition to a playful introduction to more body awareness on the skis, training sessions on the specially created track and some relay handovers, there was a handball game, a soccer game on only one ski, and finally an exciting relay. Even after 2 x 2 intensive hours on the track, the kids were still unstoppable! Of course, with such sporting efforts, proper catering was also provided: at the final lunch, there was enough opportunity on all days to talk about the experiences of the day, to pester the athletes with questions and to get autographs.

Valuable tips, lots of fun and action
Not only the young participants and their parents were enthusiastic. Daniel Bohnacker also enjoyed the skicross training and summed it up after the event: "It's insanely nice to see how much fun the kids have on the skicross track!" DSV coach Dennis vom Brocke adds, "If 29 out of 30 kids have a grin on their face, then we're doing something right!" And Florian Notz is already thinking about what else to include next season... "It's nice that so many kids share the enthusiasm for this great sport!"

Working together
At the PistenBully KidsCamps, everyone once again pulled together to make the events so successful - thanks go to the Ödberg ski area, the Oberstdorf sports facilities and all the DSV athletes and coaches involved for the best conditions and lots of information. The fact that a nerve was struck with the KidsCamps can be seen in the enthusiasm of the participants: technical progress on the course paired with lots of fun and action.