On Monday November 3rd, the US Ski Team moved their on-snow training camp from sea level in Fairbanks, Alaska to 6800’ (2000m) altitude in Park City, Utah.
The conditions at White Pine Touring center in Park City are currently very good with about 8 kilometer of well groomed trails on two separate loops of respectively 5 and 3 kilometer. The US Ski Team coaches had done a great job earlier in the week shoveling snow onto the trail where needed, making the conditions for Saturday’s (November 8th) 16 km (8 km classic + 8 km skate) double pursuit race superb. Sunny and 28 degrees F (-2 Celsius) made for “this is great skiing” comments, easy waxing and a very spectator friendly event.
Fasterskier.com was there but ESPN missed out.
A “bunch” of good skiers
Aubrey Smith skied strong in the skate portion of the women’s race and came in 1:02 min ahead of Melissa Oram.
They were tied at the end of the classic portion of the race.
Kris Freeman had this to say after the race:
“I felt good even after many solid training weeks. I trained well in Fairbanks, finished that camp with another 20+ hour week, took the “red-eye” flight to Salt Lake City on Monday and have put in 17 hour so far this week despite the long travel from Alaska. I’ll do roughly 4 hour tomorrow before I back off for three days ahead of the travel to Norway and the upcoming World Cup races”.