US Ski Team
WOMEN'S ALPINE SPEED AND TECH TEAMS TRAIN TOGETHER IN NEW ZEALAND
Head Coach Patrick Riml calls training camp "outstanding"
QUEENSTOWN, N.Z. (Aug. 29) - Good snow, great ski area support and over-the-moon enthusiasm from athletes, who hadn't skied since spring, helped make the U.S. alpine women's training camp at Coronet Peak "outstanding," according to Head Coach Patrick Riml.
The long layoff from on-snow training helped boost the excitement level, as did the presence of World Cup speed skiers joining the World Cup tech group. In the next camp, the traditional September camp in Portillo, Chile, the World Cup slalom and GS skiers will join the downhillers.
"It was a fun camp. If you don't ski in May, June and July, you get a little nervous because if that first camp in August doesn't work out with the weather, or the snow, you have to make-up some things and it could be a big headache," said Riml. "But this was fine...and after the long break, the women were fired-up.
"It was really good to see them being so hungry. They showed me some fire out there."
Jessica Kelley (Starksboro, VT), two-time NorAm giant slalom champion, echoed her coach. "It was good, a really good camp," she said. "We got a couple of storms, so we had lots of good training. We started slowly, free-skiing and then doing some drills because we hadn't skied in so long, and then GS...and then we had a lot of slalom at the end."
Kelley: cross-pollination works
She likes the idea of the intra-team training, the cross-pollination of gate-runners and the speed merchants. "Well do it again down in Chile next month, and that should be good again."
"As usual, Coronet Peak's Race Department gave us such great support with grooming and everything else," Riml said. New Tech Head Coach Chris Knight agreed, adding, "We had perfect snow, a natural injection, if you will, and it froze and became so hard, harder than a regular injection [of water to freeze the snow, creating harder, faster conditions]...but then we got a storm with about 25cm (nearly 10 inches), so that changed it...but we still had great conditions. We got quite a lot done."
Riml said the group included five speed skiers - Kirsten Clark (Raymond, ME), Stacey Cook (Truckee, CA), Libby Ludlow (Bellevue, WA) Lindsey Kildow (Vail, CO) and Bryna McCarty (Concord, VT) - and a half-dozen slalom/GS athletes: Kelley, Lauren Ross (Stowe, VT), Caitlin Ciccone (Bethlehem, NH), Resi Stiegler (Jackson Hole, WY), Katie Hitchcock (Sugar Bowl, CA) and Kaylin Richardon (Burnsville, MN).
The long off-snow break "was really good because it enabled the girls to build an aerobic base [with dryland training] and we were able to take up to 10 runs of slalom every day," he said. "They never got tired on the hill, and we'd be taking four or five runs in the first session, re-set [the gates] and take four or five more, and it never affected the next day's performance. We had all smiles throughout the camp...pretty extraordinary."
In two giant slaloms against largely non-World Cup competition, Kildow - "she's skiing so fast in GS and is in great condition," Knight said - and Clark went 1-2 each day. Stiegler won the lone slalom she raced in by seven seconds.
Stiegler, Kildow, Ciccone skiing fast
Stiegler also drew high marks for her conditioning and, as Knight said, "her position on her skis. Same as Lindsey, she's got that good position on her skis, and that's already showing in her speed skiing."
Ciccone, the reigning U.S. GS champion, "carried the momentum from winning that national title," Knight said. "She came in already right up to speed in GS and in slalom, right there with Lindsey in the race, especially right there with Resi in slalom. Caitlin was super enthusiastic and skiing very aggressively."
The Chile camp will feature speed training for the tech group, "but we'll have tech sessions every day after speed sessions. We'll run slalom the first week, GS the second. It's really good working together like this because the coaches kinda get on the same page, and we know what everyone's doing. Some of the girls don't want to be slalom skiers, or don't want to be downhillers...but the benefits of this kind of training are so huge...
"We'll work on some other stuff while we're training with them, and the change of scenery is good...and I think the speed girls liked this change of scenery, too," Knight said.
"We want to keep both teams together in New Zealand and South America. GS is something we need to work on as a group, and two weeks of speed training will help their GS side, get the girls used to going fast again."
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CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine - Sugarloafers will converge on the resort for the annual rite of autumn for Homecoming Weekend on Oct. 7-9. This year’s event features the Sugarloaf Home Show and The Upcountry Artists Art Show, an event that has grown into one of the largest and most highly anticipated events of the fall season.
The Upcountry Artists Art Show will showcase painting, pottery and handcrafted items among others. The Sugarloaf Home Show will feature rugs, hot tubs, security systems, many locally made unique and special items plus home improvement services and companies. Both shows will be held in and around the base lodge on Saturday 10-5 p.m. and Sunday from 10-4 p.m.
Homecoming weekend is the traditional kick off of the approaching winter season and is often a time when Sugarloafers purchase their season pass. However, with greater than anticipated sales of the All For One Pass in the spring and a commitment to sell fewer passes then were sold last year, Sugarloaf President John Diller, advises Sugarloafers not to wait to buy their pass this year. “There is a very real possibility that all five levels of the All For One Pass will be sold out before Homecoming and the Oct. 10 deadline,” Diller said. “We strongly encourage all Sugarloafers to purchase their pass as soon as possible to ensure they get one because once we reach the pre-set number of passes, sales will end.”
Saturday activities include the annual ski sale at Carrabassett Valley Academy at the base of the mountain. In the spirit of fall festivities, guests can pick up free pumpkins and straw at Guest Services in the base lodge, Saturday morning from 9-11 a.m.; and display them at the Great Pumpkin and Scarecrow Showcase at 3:30 p.m. that afternoon.
Sugarloaf’s senior management team will host the Annual Information Meeting at the Sugarloaf Inn at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday. Also on Saturday, the Sugarloaf Mountain Ski Club will host their annual Pig Roast at the Outdoor Center from 4-6 p.m. and the Annual Homecoming Auction will be held at The Bag & Kettle restaurant at 7:30 p.m. More than 100 items will be auctioned and raffled with the proceeds benefiting youth recreational programs in Kingfield and Carrabassett Valley.
Sunday activities include a children’s and adult Uphill Climb, followed by Junior Olympics for kids in the afternoon. For cycling enthusiasts, test you mettle in the first “200k-in-one-day Green Monster” bike ride. This is a chance to ride the distance and topography equivalent of a Tour de France stage, while raising money to support conservation in Maine. For those who wish to take part but don’t want to tackle the entire distance, there is a 65-mile option that runs simultaneously. To learn more about the Green Monster and to sign up, visit www.sugarloaf.com/green_monster.html.
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