SVSEF FIS and USSA alpine athletes made the yearly trek down to New Zealand for an on-snow camp; the USSA group was able to get three days on snow in Cadrona, where they free skied and focused mainly on giant slalom. The last day at Cadrona was extremely valuable, as athletes were able to run a full-length giant slalom on varying terrain, from easy to challenging. Following the Cadrona portion of the camp, the team relocated to the shores of Lake Tekapo, about three hours away. Athletes were able to get eight amazing days of skiing at Round Hill.
According to coach Will Brandenburg, “the training was exactly what we were looking for ­­­­­– flat to moderate terrain off of a T-bar, where the athletes were able to get tons of runs in a short amount of time. We skied five days of slalom and three days of giant slalom in at Round Hill. We had a slalom day where the athletes were able to get 25 runs in on a 40 gate course! The crew got to do what they love in one of the most beautiful places in the world. They all made huge gains in their skiing while also getting to explore an amazing new country.”
(Photos courtesy of Brett Jacobson, Scott McGrew and Will Brandenburg)[osd_social_media_sharing]