It has been a very slow start to the season with bizarre weather patterns keeping us off snow and out of gates, three weeks longer than usual. Besides the week-long on snow camp at Mt Hutt in June, the beginning of winter was spent in the gym working on strength and conditioning. It was good to have extra time to focus on fitness but I easily became restless to get back on snow. It has been a whole heap warmer than usual these past few months, with very little snowfall, forcing us to push back the start to our season.
We began free skiing at Coronet on July 18th and were able to get into gates in the last few days of the month. With two days of full GS gates under the belt we headed into the Cardrona GS race on August 1st. The super soft snow and flat slope weren't the ideal combination for me but it was a good form of training. Since then we've had a dump of snow that makes Coronet look like a proper ski field again! Along with the snow guns that have been running, we now have a reasonable surface to train on. Amongst waves of fog and snow that have swept the valley this week, we have been able to train both GS and Slalom. Squeezing in some much needed preparation for the up coming races. The team at Coronet Peak have done an amazing job of getting everything ready in time for Nationals which start on Monday. Here's hoping the weather holds so we aren't stuck in a snow cloud like last year!