Almost a month later and the weather is still at odds with all winter sports... Thankfully, it has been cold enough for the resorts to have all snow guns going in an attempt to make up for the lack of natural snow. The scenery across Europe is still incredibly colourful, delicately lined with strips of snow where ski runs pepper the countryside. Races have been few and far between. Not long after my last post, we raced again in Solda. Unfortunately, my team mate, Floor van Ameyde, crashed on the first day of GS and did her ACL again. It was incredibly sad but she has already had surgery and is on the mend. I hope she has a speedy recovery but in saying that I know she will for Floor is a fighter and is very determined to get through recovery and be back on skis in 6 months time. Since then we have been to a few more races in Pfelders for both SL and GS and Passo Monte Croce for a couple Slaloms.

The Dolomites!!!
The Dolomites!!!
2015-12-07 19.36.53
2015-12-07 19.36.53

The GS races in Pfelders were a good challenge for me. The slope is tough, with the start rolling onto a very steep pitch that lasted 6 gates before rocketing you onto the flats that subsequently began rolling into the finish.  The first day I was far too cautious first run, stepped up my game for second run and ended up losing a ski down the pitch. However, the second day I was determined to make the most of my bib 1. I let the skis run and carried a lot of heat off the pitch, kept a clean ski on the flats, making for a good performance. Second run I also carried heat off the pitch but took a gate too straight on the flats and lost a lot of time trying to get back on track. Following this we headed to Passo Monte Croce for a couple Slaloms. While we were there, the Krampus tradition was in full swing. I must say, the Italians are far more tame in their parade than the Austrian's but it was still good to see.

Clouded valley provides isolation for GS training at Leogang
Clouded valley provides isolation for GS training at Leogang
Afternoon out in Zell am See seeing the Christmas markets with the girls :)
Afternoon out in Zell am See seeing the Christmas markets with the girls :)
Some rocks are just better than others... just like some gloves are better than others #dolomites #xtmperformance
Some rocks are just better than others... just like some gloves are better than others #dolomites #xtmperformance
Christmas jumpers in force at our Ambition Christmas dinner
Christmas jumpers in force at our Ambition Christmas dinner

Since those races, we have been training at our home base in Leogang, Austria. We've had great training on some solid snow.  Unfortunately it rained a lot and as of today, we've now lost a great portion of that. Hopefully while we are racing in St. Moritz this weekend, they can make enough snow to keep the CIT races going for the 21st and 22nd of December. It's been a solid start to my Northern season campaign. We've even managed to squeeze in a trip to the Zell am See Christmas markets and throw a Christmas dinner for all of Ambition in Haus Tirol! Lets just say the Christmas jumpers were out in force! The rest of the girls have headed back to Passo Monte Croce for a couple FIS slaloms while the boys and I head off to St. Moritz tomorrow for a GS and a Slalom. After four more days of what will be epic racing, I'll be heading home for Christmas! It's the first time I will have been home for it in the last 6 years! I get a full two weeks on the ground in New Zealand. Plenty of time to enjoy a rare glimpse of summer as well as cracking on with fitness in the gym. I am beyond excited about it, not that I am any less focused on the challenges that lay before me in the coming days. I feel even more determined to perform my best so I can leave off this first half of the northern season on a good note.

A wee while ago Marc made a trailer-like video called Racing time. It's pretty awesome and I highly recommend having a peak! Feel free to follow Ambition Racing on Facebook for regular updates on the teams progress this season as well!

I hope everyone has a very merry Christmas and of course a happy New Year!