It has been a great couple of weeks in Silver Star, BC for the Nordic teams. The travel was somewhat epic, thirty four of us flew into Kelowna. Even with one flight cancelled including half the team, we all made it to our rental houses by late on the 2nd. A couple extra hours of sleep, and easing into the training and we were good to go. Skiing in Silver Star is magical, and we enjoyed it to the fullest.
This year we were able to get four or five days of skiing in before the first race. It was a 5 and 10km Classic race, the Sovereign Lake Open. Paddy Caldwell ’16 made the podium with a 3rd place finish, and not too far behind was Oscar Friedman ’16 in 5th. On the women’s side, Corey Stock ’16 also made the podium in 2nd , followed by Molly Siegel ’16, Julia Harrison ’15 and Emily Hannah ’16 in 4th, 5th and 6th.
After the race, we settled into some quality training with lots of volume, including four and five hour days of training and nor-pining. The weather did not fully cooperate, with some warm and wet days we were forced to buy some klister to get by, but the skiing never disappointed. Camp ended with a couple of bluebird days for long ODs. The team heads home for the holidays tired but smiling and ready for the race season to start in earnest.
Winter has arrived and the Women’s Alpine Team is back on snow! Athletes started arriving in Colorado for some pre-camp skiing as soon as they finished their exams, and our camp officially started on November 26.
DWA enjoying the sun in Loveland, CO
We started out at Copper for the first five days, where the terrain is gentler and free skiing is readily available before and after training. They hadn’t received much early-season snow, but there was a big dump the week before we arrived and then another storm during our first training block. As a result, the ski area was reporting 79 new inches in the ten days before Thanksgiving! It was certainly refreshing to see the ground blanketed in white, but the racer mentality in us was hoping for the new snow to settle into a harder surface so we could have some productive training.
Lizzie Kistler ’16 arcs over the top of a breakover during training at Vail
Our wishes came true when we went to Echo Mountain on day seven. Echo sits on the Front Range and generally receives less natural snow than the bigger resorts in Summit County. However, at an elevation over 10,000 feet, it gets cold temperatures and they are able to prepare a hard man-made surface that is ideal for race training. It was our first time on hard snow since last winter and everyone was smiling at the good fortune of feeling the speed and intensity cranked up to a whole new level.
Maisie Ide ’16 finishes a GS turn in training at Loveland
Since that time, we’ve had nothing but high quality training days. We have split our recent sessions between Loveland and Vail. Vail offered a water injected, icy surface with many World Cup skiers training nearby, while Loveland had firm man-made snow, undulating terrain, and a laid-back atmosphere. Both were great sources of variety and quality that we are lucky to have this early in the season.
Tomorrow we are heading back to Copper for our first race of the season. After a fall of physical preparation and two weeks of on-snow training, everyone is ready to finally pull a bib over their shoulders and get the competitive juices flowing again!
The Dartmouth Ski Team will host its annual Moosilauke Time Trial on Saturday, October 25, 2014 at 10am.
Starting at the Ravine Lodge, athletes will ascend over 3 miles and 2000 vertical feet up the Gorge Brook Trail to the summit. Women will start first at 30 second intervals, followed by the men.
Everyone will be chasing Kris Freeman’s 2010 record of 35:16. Last year’s winners, Annie Hart ’15 and Erik Fagerstrom ’15 have both graduated so we will crown two new champions this time around. Check out the historical record stretching back to 1989 and feel free to throw your hat into the ring by emailing email@example.com. If maximal uphill efforts aren’t your thing, please still come out to enjoy the hike and cheer on the team!
Erik Fagerstrom opens up above treeline on his way to the summit in 2013.