After a solid week of training, including lots of volume and a classic race, it was time for a rest day. A popular hangout spot was Bugaboos Bakery Café, where we sipped on Dutch hot chocolate and enjoyed freshly baked pastries.
Our view from the café
In addition to Tuesday being our first day off it was the big reveal for the team’s Secret Santa exchange. The previous weekend the Secret Santas left different forms of clues around Silver Star, ranging from poems to mysterious messages. Some gifts were practical (i.e., chocolates, a hat, bacon) and some were practical jokes (i.e., a clip-on tie for captain Julia).
Secret Santa clues
After a full day of resting and recovering, we hit the ground running with a team sprint. While skiing is a team sport, it often feels like an individual sport. Everyone sets individual goals and gets individual results but ultimately the team result is what matters. In a team meeting, one of our freshmen talked about how excited she was to join the Dartmouth ski team, because for years she watched the team race and saw what set the Dartmouth girls apart from the rest of the field—how much fun they had and how hard they cheered for their teammates. Working together in the relay was a fun way to work hard and really come together as a team.
Teammates Cara Piske ’18 and Corey Stock ’16
We started the next day off with one of our favorite sessions of the week, downhill training. The East is known for its icy conditions and technical courses, so practicing downhill technique is just as important as practicing any other technique. While racing down the s-turns we focused on maintaining momentum while staying in control of the hill and completed the workout with no serious crashes or broken poles!
On Friday morning we had a freestyle agility session followed by a recovery ski in the afternoon. Were treated to a beautiful sunset at the end of our recovery ski!
A Silver Star sunset