We had an incredible time at our “Big Mountain Day” at Jay Peak yesterday. The early morning chilly temps were soon defeated by the sunshine that broke through later on.
Corduroy snow, powdered tree skiing, and the terrain park…we really did hit up the entire mountain! By mid morning we had worked up an appetite and took a quick lunch break before zooming over to the other side of the mountain where many of the kids took their first ride up a tram. Most of us forgot we were still in Vermont as the vibe of the “big mountain” gave us the sensation that we were actually skiing in the Alps!
Amidst all the hype over qualifiers, finals, championships, etc. it was great to take a day to simply relax and remind ourselves of why we ski in the first place! Today we were back at the Skiway for day two of our February break camp. We trained slalom in the morning and after the kids expressed their eagerness to continue gate training, Paul, Rich, Cornelia and I decided to set a full length, tall pole slalom down Thomas in the afternoon; it was great practice for Sunday’s final qualifier!
Tomorrow should be another fun day filled with both slalom and giant slalom training at the Skiway. It will be great for our racers to experience a day of skiing with other nearby clubs who have decided to join us for the day. We plan to set up timing which will give the athletes the opportunity to add a “race day” focus to their training.
The rest of February camp is sure to be a blast. We are all looking forward to finishing up the last qualifier on our home hill. As Matt mentioned in his last email, it really is incredible to see how much every athlete has improved this season! Way to go Ford Sayre! 😀
Think snow and stay warm!