With Fall term exams completed on Nov 25, the full Men’s Alpine of 12 assembled for the first time this year when we gathered at the Bob Downey residence in Keystone Colorado for the start of our first on snow training camp. The Downey house has been the base camp for our training camp for the past three years. It provides us with the ultimate team atmosphere where we can train hard during the day and relax and regenerate at the end of the day. One of the best parts of every day is being able to all sit down at one large table to enjoy the daily feast provided by our guest chef, Josh Michaels.
Not only does the Downey house provide us with warm beds and spacious places to gather but it is also the ultimate training facility with a full size gym and indoor pool. Daily recovery workouts include volleyball matches with the Women’s Team as well as badminton and basketball matches and recovery roll out sessions.
But all was not luxury living. The training conditions were outstanding and the training volume and intensity was at full maximum. The guys were taking full advantage of the long winter break from the demanding class class work to get the most out of our most important training block.
The training venues at Copper Mountain,
as well as Echo Mountain and Loveland were outstanding. We were often training side by side with a host of international World Cup and top Junior Teams as they prepared for the upcoming World Cup and Nor-Am races.
After 18 days of outstanding Colorado high altitude training as well as some tune up races at Echo Mountain and Copper Mountain. The team split up for two competition trips. Half the team headed north to Panorama BC, Canada for Nor-Am races. The competition in these races included the all best skiers in North America along with many international teams just below the World Cup level. This is the level of skiing required to win at the NCAA Championship level and we need to challenge our team to compete at this level.
While podiums were tough to achieve against the National Team skiers the men performed well agains the best of the collegiate skiers
Following the Nor-Ams were 4 FIS level races in Panorama and for those who traveled back East there were 2 slalom races in Val St Come Quebec and 4 FIS races at Sugarloaf. After the team returned to campus in the new year the team competed in 3 final FIS tune up races at Waterville Valley. These were races where we needed to compete to win. Indeed, in these 13 competitions Dartmouth placed a skier on the podium 13 times. Including 3 victories, 5 second place and 5 third place finishes with seven different skiers placing.
Now its time for the NCAA Carnivals to begin. The Alpine Men have put in the hard work and are ready to go!