Part of the joy and the pain and, ultimately, the poetry of a lifetime of skiing is how the sport focuses one’s attention on natural processes that are both cyclical and unpredictable. This year Southcentral Alaska caught its first real snow on Oct. 20, and early season skiing has been great, but not in the usual ways or places.
There are a couple things one can count on in Canmore, including solid tracks and quality snow, even in October. At the first unofficial sprint of the North American season on Friday, more than 120 racers found both for the Frozen Thunder classic sprint, and organizers added what could be a new tradition to the mix: a zero-elimination format.
Approximately 40 athletes attended the USST Altitude Camp in Park City, Utah which concluded Oct. 19. The camp is a final opportunity of the best skiers in the country to fine tune their skiing before the winter season starts in November.
Top nordic skiers from around the country converged on Park City, Utah in early October for the U.S. Ski Team and National Elite Group altitude camps. While the NEG camp concluded Oct. 12, the USST is continuing to train in Utah until later this month.
Last week, the U.S. Paralympics Nordic Team toyed with a new kind of training at the Lake Placid Olympic Training Center: technique on a rollerski treadmill using live-video feedback. Oksana Masters was nervous before, but ramped it up to 10 mph at a 10-percent incline before the workout was over.
The Craftsbury Green Racing Project traveled to Ramsau, Austria Sept. 8 for a roughly three week on-snow training camp on the Dachstein Glacier. The 12 member squad has found excellent conditions and an abundance of international skiers on the glacier's 9 k groomed loop.
The USST wrapped up its annual Lake Placid training camp September 7. With favorable weather, high-level training, and an encouraging team environment, participants walked away feeling prepared for the next phase of training.
FasterSkier arrived in New York Friday to catch the tail end of the 2014 U.S. Ski Team Lake Placid Training Camp. The camp's attendees have endured a tiring two weeks of intensity, but spirits were high and smiles were abound as the team sped around the paved trails of the Olympic Jumping Complex for their morning workout.
The National Development Centre of Thunder Bay made its way south for its final dryland camp of the year. From Aug. 16 to 27, NDC Thunder Bay athletes could be found rolling along the roads near Hayward, Wis. "There was a nice variety of terrain so we could concentrate on exactly the technique and training aspect we were focusing on for any particular training session,” coach Timo Puiras explains.
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With the help of U.S. Ski Team head coach Chris Grover and Canadian National Team Head Coach Justin Wadsworth, Tor-Arne Hetland and the Canadian World Cup Team ended up in Vermont last month. "Andy Newell can train here for many years … That’s the reason we are here," Hetland explained.
FasterSkier tagged along with the Canadian World Cup Team and Stratton Mountain School T2 squad for a morning over-distance rollerski on Aug. 15 in Stratton, Vt.
Want to be faster off the starting line? So does the U.S. Ski Team. Here's a workout they did last week -- rolling speeds and sprint starts -- on skate rollerskis, head coach Chris Grover explains.
The U.S. Ski Team's fall training camp is underway at the Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, New York. Check out some photos of the initial days of the camp provided by USSA.
Team Hardwood President Patricia MacDonell recaps her team's annual junior camp on Bruce Peninsula in southern Ontario.
The U20 National Training Group Camp began in Park City August 13 and serves as a strengthening and team building experience for the country's best U20 athletes.
Following the final week of training in Finland and three days of rollerski races at the coveted Blink Festival in Norway, U.S. Biathlon coach Jonne Kähkönen gives an across-the-pond update from his native Finland.
The NNF-supported U16 Camp just wrapped up in Jackson Hole, Wyo. The National Nordic Foundation caught up with one of the camp’s founders, Sun Valley's Rick Kapala on what the U16 Camp and NNF Pillar Project means in the scope of skiing development.
Back in April, July 31 seemed like dark cloud looming in the distance. But it wasn't that far off, and fortunately for U.S. Nordic Combined, it wasn't all that dreary. "Things are moving forward for sure, and it’s a little bit more hopeful than in April," head coach Dave Jarrett says, explaining that he kept his job and hopes to have two other coaches and two wax techs help him this season.
The U.S. Biathlon Women's A-team has been spending the last two weeks soaking up Finnish life and studying the 2015 IBU World Championships course in Kontiolahti with reigning World Cup champion (and local hero) Kaisa Mäkäräinen.