Living and training at altitude has its benefits (for one, sleeping in an altitude-oxygen tent is pretty unnecessary, and we get first crack at the water that runs down the hill to the lowlands before it hits the sewage treatment plant), but when you’re ski training, it can have its disadvantages as well. Doing VO Max intervals at 7,000 feet just doesn’t cut it, and it can make you pretty tired for the next round of intervals the next day during an intensity block of workouts.
So Far West Coach Jeff Schloss used his river-guiding memories of low-land roads within driving distance, and found the perfect low-elevation interval spot only about 50 minutes away from Truckee. Starting at an elevation of only 1,100 feet (335 meters), this road to a Sierra west-slope river rises almost 1,400 feet in less than 3 miles. The perfect place for a Level 4 VO max classic rollerski interval session!