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FasterSkier FasterSkierAugust 15, 2007

Aotearoa

Atop a mountain, in a country known by the native Maori as Aotearoa — land of the long white cloud — weather moves in and weather moves out. One day to the next can make all the difference. On Friday morning the U.S. team ran for 2 ½ hours up the Matukituki Valley in t-shirts, then put in a distance and on-snow specific strength session in the half-light of the evening sky. The nighttime brought heavy winds and precipitation, a mishmash of snow too sticky to groom. Instead of slogging through snow so heavy only a coastal skier with a pair of hairy skis ready to roll could love, the U.S. men’s team put in their 3 ½ hour classic rollerski and run combo in the valley below. What follow are pictures from the two day’s events.

Friday


The American contingent currently down in the Southern Hemisphere. From left: Andrew Newell,


…then after nightfall the cold, clear weather gives way to a solid winter storm of 50cm of snowfall, a helping of rain, and a driving easterly wind.

Saturday


From the valley floor, a dirt road switchbacks 14 kilometers over old mountainous sheep herding terrain to the cross-country ski resort. On days like this you just hope two sets of eyes are good enough to get you back home.



Torin Koos is a member of the National A Team for the United States. A World Cup, World Championship and Olympic competitor, Koos brings this experience to the FasterSkier sportscasting arena for the 2007/2008 season.

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