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Archive for October, 2012

A Ski on Moraine Lake Road

30.Oct.2012 by Caitlin Patterson

Although Canmore has been feeling wintery and the 2k loop has been excellent skiing, yesterday we drove away from Canmore towards Lake Louise where there is more natural snow.  About an hour away from Canmore, within Banff National Park, we turned into a makeshift parking lot at the start of Moraine Lake Road, curious to see what snow cover and terrain we would find.  Sun Valley gave us a favorable report from skiing the road the day before, but you never quite know what “good skiing” means this early in the season.  The snow was clean and plentiful, if a little grabby, and it was relatively easy skating since most of the road had been groomed by snowmachine within the past few days.   The terrain was road-like rather than trail-like – up, up, up to a high point and then gradually down the other side to Moraine Lake.  It reminded quite a few of us of skiing on the access roads at Foret Montmorency in Quebec.  From the high point down towards the lake wasn’t groomed, so not everyone was willing to venture along the unpacked powder-over-pavement on the skis they brought.  However, those of us who did make it were rewarded with a nice view of the frozen lake and the surrounding rocky cliffs.  We didn’t quite luck out with a perfect sunny day, but we were able to see parts of the impressive mountains when the clouds cleared.

 

Hannah was excited to start her first ski of the season!

Hannah pauses for water

Ida was happy with all the snow!

All 7 guys in a train

Alex and Nils at the lake

Cliffs above frozen Moraine Lake

 

Look at all the snow! I was happy to have used training skis so that I could ski to the lake and see the cliffs up close.

From Moraine Lake Road, we could see the Lake Louise alpine mountain where World Cup races are held.

Driving up to Lake Louise, there was a definite lack of clarity, both of the sky and of the van windows.  But we still were able to admire the mountains lining the sides of the valley, and to comment on an interesting feature of the highway through Banff National Park.  Every few minutes on the highway, we would pass under a short tunnel/wide bridge, but there were no exits or other roads in the area that would need to cross the main road.  Instead, these wide bridge structures were covered with earth, with little trees and grass planted on them, obviously for the purpose of enabling animals to cross the highway – the sides of the highway were fenced off, likewise to prevent the animals from crossing in front of cars.  An interesting use of resources to minimize animal-human conflict in the park.

Taking a stroll to Lake Louise. During the few minutes of walking and admiring the scenery, the local birds gave us some entertainment by contemplating but refusing offerings of sausage and various other post-workout snacks, and then proceeding to dive-bomb and steal the last bite of Nils’ sandwich instead.

Although it was drizzling rain and quite warm earlier today, it was snowing this evening!   We did intervals and a strength session today, and we’re looking forward to a distance classic ski tomorrow.  It’s great to be immersed in the winter season and skiing in October!

Here are more photos from the Moraine Lake ski and from the classic sprint that was held last Friday.  Check back for more updates soon.

              

              

               

              

 

Biathlon Camp in Utah

30.Oct.2012 by Hannah Dreissigacker

Susan and I spent the last few weeks in Utah at a training camp with the biathlon team.  Here are some pictures!  When we first got there, we had some beautiful western weather, and there were still some bright colored leaves around on the aspens and things.  I’ve never thought of the west as having good foliage, but I was impressed! It was definitely beautiful.

I was really happy to be exploring the mountains in our new “back yard”.

Rollerskiing up west canyon on a beautiful sunny day.

We went on an awesome hike from the top of Guardsman’s Pass. Andrea Henkel–one of the top German biathletes–is dating Tim Burke, one of the U.S. men, and so she came to this camp. It was great to get to train with her some and also just get to know her.

 

Suz and I were so match-y in our new Ibex shirts, we decided we just had to take a picture. This is from the a summit along the Wasatch Crest trail.

 

We also had two rollerski races, which were qualifiers for a November training camp in Sweden. We woke up the morning before the second race to this. It was postponed until late in the afternoon, when most of the snow had melted off the rollerski track.

On my last day in Utah, we went on as awesome hike that went partway up the back side of mount Timpanogos. It was snowy and beautiful!

We were happy that our team fall training jackets are bright orange–there were lots of hunters out there!

Amazingly, this picture only took Annelies one try to take!

I had a lot of fun in Utah–its a great place to train.  There’s a nice roller loop right at the range at Soldier Hollow, and also countless opportunities for adventures more or less right out the back door.  It was also fun to have the whole biathlon team together in one place, including our European coaches.

I had one good time trial, in which I missed 3/10 shots–not really good shooting, but I skied well and it was a good race.  Then in my second time trial I missed 4 of my prone shots–thats not good!  It was a windy day, and I’d forgotten to check the wind flags and take clicks to adjust for it.  I realized my mistake as soon as I took the last shot and started towards the penalty loop.  Dammit!  But that’s biathlon…the difference between a good race and a bad race could be just one or two dumb mistakes.  It can be frustrating, but its also so rewarding when you actually hit the targets and ski fast too…so far I’ve really only gotten little tastes of that, but I know that it’ll happen one of these days!

And winter begins..

24.Oct.2012 by Ida Sargent

With a little snow on the ground, really good skiing, and temperatures in the 20s or colder, it doesn’t feel like October in Canmore.  The Nordic center Camore saves snow from the previous winter and rolls it out in the middle of October every year for “Frozen Thunder.”  Our first day here it was warm and the skiing was a little slushy and rocky but then the temperatures dropped and the snow began to fall and the conditions have been great ever since.  We have even been skiing on hardwax which is not normally to be expected in October!  There is only a 2km loop of skiing so we end up doing a lot of laps but the terrain is fun and its nice to be back on snow.  It reminds me a bit of Muonio, Finland last year except with fewer people, prettier views, and a lot less dark!  So far the training has mostly just been distance with a focus on technique but we also did a 10km TT and we have a sprint race with the Canadians in a couple days.  I’m staying with the US team right now but looking forward to the arrival of the rest of the GRP later this week!  Here are some pictures from the week so far!

We're staying in some cozy apartments in the Rocky Mountain Ski Lodge.  It's a great location at the edge of town and across the road from an awesome coffee shop but the small kitchenettes make cooking team dinners for our hungry team a creative process.

We're staying in some cozy apartments in the Rocky Mountain Ski Lodge. It's a great location at the edge of town and across the road from an awesome coffee shop but the small kitchenettes make cooking team dinners for our hungry team a creative process.

This is the view from our deck!  The Canadian Rockies are amazing!

This is the view from our deck! The Canadian Rockies are amazing!

Kris Freeman, Noah Hoffman, and Andy Newell during a distance classic ski.

Kris Freeman, Noah Hoffman, and Andy Newell during a distance classic ski.

Tad and Jason Cork skating with the mountains looming behind them.  Watch out for the black and yellow this winter!

Tad Elliott and Jason Cork skating with the mountains looming behind them. Watch out for the black and yellow this winter! (Noah Hoffman photo)

Looks like winter! (USSA photo)

Looks like winter! (USSA photo)

The snow guns are blowing on the World Cup courses so my fingers are crossed for some more terrain opening sometime soon! (Noah Hoffman photo)

The snow guns are blowing on the World Cup courses so my fingers are crossed for some more terrain opening sometime soon! (Noah Hoffman photo)

Yesterday morning for our OD workout we skied for a couple hours on the loop and then switched to running shoes and ran to Banff National Park.  It was about an hour and a half run on ski trails and then single track trails with a few inches of powder on the ground.
Yesterday morning for our OD workout we skied for a couple hours on the loop and then switched to running shoes and ran to Banff National Park. It was about an hour and a half run on ski trails and then single track trails with a few inches of powder on the ground.
Here is the group about a half hour away from Banff.  The coaches picked us up in Banff and we walked around the town and warmed up with a warm lunch at a cafe in town.

Here is the group about a half hour away from Banff. The coaches picked us up in Banff and we walked around the town and warmed up with a warm lunch at a cafe in town.

Canmore is home of my great friend Chandra Crawford who has been showing us around the area while we are not training.  She also has an awesome house in town with a normal kitchen and a very comfy couch so we've spent quite a bit of time relaxing at her pad!

Canmore is home of my great friend Chandra Crawford who has been showing us around the area while we are not training. She also has an awesome house in town with a normal kitchen and a very comfy couch so we've spent quite a bit of time relaxing at her pad! (Noah Hoffman photo)

We’re off for an afternoon ski and the rumor is that they’ve changed the direction of skiing today!  It’s going to feel like a completely new loop!

Park City Camp

20.Oct.2012 by Ida Sargent

I spent the last 10 days in Park City Utah for testing and an altitude camp.  After some wet weather at home, it was great to arrive in the arid west and see the sun!  The town of Park City is around 7000′ but we stayed in a condo near the top of Guardsman Pass so we were sleeping at 8500′ for extra altitude effects.

The view from the deck of our condo.

The view from the deck of our condo.

I wasn't expecting to see foliage here but the yellows leaves were really pretty

I wasn't expecting to see foliage here but the yellows leaves were really pretty

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The camp started with lots of testing at USSA’s Center of Excellence.  We did VO2max tests on the rollerski treadmill, strength tests, mobility tests, blood tests, and body composition tests.  So after a couple days of feeling caged up like a lab rat, I was very excited to head outside for training.  The rest of the camp involved lots of rollerskiing, running, and bounding on the roads and trails around Park City including a 3+ hour point to point run on the Mid Mountain Trail.

Felt good to see the sun!

Felt good to see the sun!

Liz and Holly running on the Round Valley trails

Liz and Holly running on the Round Valley trails

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We did a couple of intensity sessions on the rollerski track at Soldier Hollow including classic speeds and skate threshold intervals.  It was fun skiing fast in a big group.

We did a couple of intensity sessions on the rollerski track at Soldier Hollow including classic speeds and skate threshold intervals. It was fun skiing fast in a big group.

This camp was the first time that our entire team was together since the Bend camp in May.  Unfortunately with some injuries plaguing the team, we weren't able to train together for every session but everyone was working hard all the time.  Here are Sadie and Kikkan aqua jogging in the COE pool.

This camp was the first time that our entire team was together since the Bend camp in May. Unfortunately with some injuries plaguing the team, we weren't able to train together for every session but everyone was working hard all the time. Here are Sadie and Kikkan aqua jogging in the COE pool.

After a week and a half in Park City, we headed north to Canmore, Alberta for Frozen Thunder.  The Canmore Nordic Center saved snow from last winter and rolled it out last week for a 2km ski trail and some of the earliest skiing in North America.  We’ve spent the last couple days skiing hot laps around the manmade loop and then today it started to snow!  The ground is fully white and we are off to make some fresh tracks through the powder!