Hello, World Cup Dreamers! I just wrapped up a productive training camp in Saas Fee and Belgium with the women’s World Cup Tech Team. For those of you who don’t know Saas Fee, it’s a picturesque Swiss ski village with great views, hiking trails, volleyball, fondue, and of course - glacier skiing. Reflecting on the camp, I can’t believe how lucky we were. We had unbelievable snow conditions, world class training partners, and so much fun every day. I’m stoked on how my skiing is progressing and more motivated than ever to put in the work for Sölden.
Here are my top 10 highlights from the trip:
#1- Simply being back on snow and doing what I love. Check out this view - it really doesn’t get much better than this!
#2 - Bluebird skies and hard snow! Saas Fee can be be a bit of a gamble as it's notorious for weather closures. Somehow we only took 5 runs (total) in fog over the course of three weeks! That’s a huge win in my book.
#3 - Training GS with world cup winners Zan Kranjec, Filip Zubcic, and Mikaela Shiffrin. I’m a visual learner so it was awesome to see their line and watch how they attack break-overs.
#4 - Narrowly escaping this crash with an Austria technician mid course. Somehow no one was harmed in the making of this video.
#5 - Fondu dinner with the team! This truffle and Prosecco infused cheese was incredible.
#6 - Epic afternoon activities in the sun. We played countless games of spike ball and volleyball every day.
#7 - Dialing in my skiing and equipment set up. I’m currently playing with a few different ski and boot set-ups and trying to see what’s fastest. Shout out to my technician Bart and everyone at Rossignol - I couldn’t do it without you guys!
#8 - Reconnecting with so many friends, teammates, and coaches after the summer. I missed these people. It felt like the entire ski racing world was in Saas Fee.
#9 - 3 days of indoor slalom training at Snowvalley in Belgium. This was hands-down one of the iciest training venues that I’ve ever skied at. Indoor skiing is a great way to get a ton of volume and work on generating speed. My biggest focus was trying to “skate” into the top of each turn. I definitely made progress, but could never quite keep up with AJ Hurt. Watch out- her slalom is dangerous!
#10 - Touring Brussels on the last night of our trip! We roamed the Old City and enjoyed our fair share of Belgian specialties.