The first official Worldcup race of the year takes place November 22 in Gaellivare, Sweden. The first Supertour event in the US will be the West Yellowstone races of November 28 and 29. But if there is a true opening day for the Nordic season, it is the first Monday in October. It is on that day every year that over a thousand Nordic athletes, coaches and trainers descend on Ramsau, Austria to begin their training on the Dachstein Glacier. We caught up with Roman Toferer, director of Atomic’s Nordic race program for a report from Ramsau:
Tord Asle Gjerdalen (Photo courtesy of Andrew Canniff of Swix USA)
FINLAND’S MAIN HOPE FOR THE TOUR DE SKI, RIITTA LIISA ROPONEN, PICKING SKIS AFTER A MORNING OF TRAINING.
RH: We feel more comfortable in the US if we make things a little more complex. Making ski selection that simple would make most Americans a little nervous.
RT: Ja, we call that â€œParalysis through Analysis.â€ Nothing good comes from getting so crazy about ski flex.
RH: The US Ski Team used to go to Ramsau in the fall. Now the major on snow camp is at the end of summer in New Zealand. Do you think the US should return to the Dachstein?
RT: Think of a Christmas dinner where there is a big table for the grown ups and a little table for the children. Sometimes, a few grown ups end up eating at that little table for children. That is what the camp in New Zealand is like, it is the little table for children. Ramsau is like the big table for adults. I think the US Ski Team needs to come back to the big table.
KAISA MAIKARAINEN TESTS HER NEW SKIS ON THE DACHSTEIN. FULL ON WINTER CONDITIONS IN OCTOBER.