Members of the Norwegian women’s team will not have skis on their feet for a six month period in their preparation for the upcoming season. Women’s coach Svein Tore Samdal is not emphasizing summer skiing for his skiers. The women’s team trained on-snow in June with the men’s team in Tignes, France last summer. That was the only snow camp before the traditional October fall camp in Val Senales, Italy.
There are no snow camps on the women’s camp schedule before the October camp this year. The men’s team will be on-snow at Sognefjellet, Norway in June and Stelvio, Italy in August/September. The women are doing dryland training at Oppdal, Norway and in Seiser Alm/Livigno, Italy instead. This means that there will be a six month from when they stopped skiing until they ski again. Samdal is of the opinion that, because they have to travel to high altitudes to ski, the women are skiing too slow and for that reason feels that there is no point in prioritizing skiing at this time of year.