The snow underneath the powder was AMAZING. With Main Vein opening today, it completely changed the amount of vertical the girls can get in daily. The American Eagle lift provides about 2,000 feet of vertical each run. The trail was chopped up early on in the morning and we took advantage of the conditions to work on balance and recoveries. Undoubtedly, athletes are required to make numerous recoveries in both training and racing as the terrain changes, surface changes, turn shape changes, etc. Making laps in conditions like today forces the girls into those situations while they try to maintain a medium radius turn shape. They get bounced off their line, pitched forward, back and inside, all from the rapidly changing terrain and they have to dig into their tool box to find ways to recenter, keep the skis on the snow, pole plant, and move into the next turn. We made laps throughout the morning, skiing until 12:45 when fatigue finally set-in and we needed to pull the plug.
An early season trip to Colorado would not be complete without a sighting of the best GS skier in the world, Ted Ligety. While taking a quick break in the mid-lodge, he graciously signed autographs and took pictures with any young ski racer who approached him, pretty awesome! Rachel and Josie were not shy...
Prior to dinner, we made our first appearance on the wally ball courts for an hour of heated competition. We had some amazing games and everyone contributed to some impressive rallies. We are all looking forward to our next set of games on the courts in Colorado. The high altitude wally ball training will bode well for our games back in Vermont.
The forecast for the next few days is looking spectacular - Thursday 29/sunny, Friday, Saturday, & Sunday 37/sunny. With temps in the teens every night, we are in for an incredible surface to get some work done!
Until next time!
|Photo Cred: Ashley Houser|