First week in Ramsau!

11.Sep.2015 by Caitlin Patterson

The skiers and biathletes of the GRP are closing out our first week in Ramsau, Austria for this year’s September training camp.

Last Thursday, we drove from Craftsbury to Montreal (thank you Peter Graves for driving the van back to Craftsbury!), flew overnight from Montreal directly to Munich, and then drove the 3 hours from Munich to Ramsau. With only minor difficulties, ranging from finger surgery (not really, but kind of!) in the back of the van on the way to Canada, scrutiny of a propane torch attachment by baggage services, weighing and rearranging of carry-ons, processing of paperwork for biathlon rifles to cross two international borders, and the usual chaos of packing and unpacking vehicles with 37 pieces of 50lb luggage and 13 people, our travel was actually pretty smooth and we arrived on schedule on Friday afternoon.

Since then, our training camp has involved running with poles, rollerskiing, run/hiking, strength training, and most especially skiing on the Dachstein glacier, which is a short tram ride above the town of Ramsau. The weather was somewhat rainy and overcast for the first few days, but more recently we’ve been treated to sunshine both in the valley and on the glacier. It definitely helps our spirits when the weather is nice, but this is an exceptional place for all types of training no matter what, and it’s been a productive week of training!

Enjoy the photos below – taken by Pepa, Nick, and myself (Caitlin) – and follow us on Instagram (@greenracingproject) and Facebook (Craftsbury Green Racing Project) for more frequent photographic updates!

Rollerskiing through the green fields of Austria on our first full day in Europe

Rollerskiing through the green fields of Austria on our first full day in Europe

Why not skiing? It was actually cold, sometimes rainy, and up high the weather was bad... as much as it looks great down here in this spot of sun!

Why not skiing? On this day it was actually cold, sometimes rainy, and up high the weather was bad… as much as it looks great down in the valley in this spot of sun!

Ethan and Alex near the top of the 40 minute climb... for the 2nd time of the day.

Ethan and Alex near the top of the 40 minute climb… for the 2nd time of the day.

Even to our eyes, conditioned in the green mountain state of VT, these fields are vibrant!

Even to our eyes, conditioned in the green mountain state of VT, these fields are vibrant!

The mountains tower above the valley floor where we stay - this is taken just a few minutes walk from our house

The mountains tower above the valley floor – this is just a few minutes from our house

Austrian cows, complete with bells

Austrian cows, complete with bells

Hallie and Kait are excited for a sunny morning ski

Hallie and Kait are excited for a sunny morning ski

Thanks Pepa and Nick for coaching - from videoing, waxing, driving vans, consulting on training plans, organizing workouts, their days are never empty!

Thanks Pepa and Nick for coaching – from videoing, waxing, driving vans, consulting on training plans, organizing workouts, their days are never empty!

Most of these days from which you see the spectacularly sunny pictures, there was also swirling fog and clouds rolling in and out... it make it more dramatic, and we appreciate the sun more when it pops out!

Most of the days when we post photos of skiing in the sun, there was also swirling fog and clouds rolling through… this just makes it more dramatic, and we appreciate the sun more when it’s out!

Gliding through the fog

Gliding through the fog

Riding on top of the tram, looking back into the clouds below

Riding on top of the tram, looking back into the clouds below

Early morning, the plateau of the glacier above the cloudy valley floor

Early morning, the plateau of the glacier above the cloudy valley floor

Immense scale

Immense scale

A new day, a new skyline

A new day, a new skyline

Our playground above the mists

Our playground above the lower mountains and hills

Kait leads a train of GRP skiers

Kait leads a train of GRP skiers

Hallie and Nick

Hallie and Nick

Ethan and Casey

Ethan and Casey

Liz skis alongside one of many Russians training on the glacier too.

Liz skis alongside one of many Russians training on the glacier too.

The team! Left to right, Alex Howe, Hallie Grossman, Liz Guiney, Ida Sargent, Emily Dreissigacker, Casey Smith, Ethan Dreissigacker, Mike Gibson, Caitlin Patterson, Kait Miller, Heather Mooney

The team! From left: Alex Howe, Hallie Grossman, Liz Guiney, Ida Sargent, Emily Dreissigacker, Casey Smith, Ethan Dreissigacker, Mike Gibson, Caitlin Patterson, Kait Miller, Heather Mooney.  Thanks Craft Sportswear, Bliz Eyewear, and Skida for helping us look this great!