Early November can be a really challenging time to train in New England. Often, the roads get too slick from sleet and snow to roller ski, and even when the roads are clear, the roller skiing is so slow that it doesn’t help us work on our speed. However, it’s rare to have enough snow to get in real skiing, so that leaves very few options beyond running. In the past few years, the Green Team has combated November blues by travelling to Foret Montmorency, north of Quebec City. Foret has done a great job creating the “Boreal Glide”, a 2k loop of snow saved from the previous year under a pile of woodchips. They spread out the snow and have remarkably good skiing very early in the season!
This year we did two separate camps in Foret, one the week of November 5-9, and another from November 12-15. Of course, winter decided to come early this year, so we actually cut the end of our second camp short and came back to Craftsbury to enjoy the good skiing here before we leave for race season. The Foret camps were very productive, in a short amount of time we fit in multiple interval sessions, two time trials, speed sessions, technique review, and plenty of distance skis. By the end of our second week they had almost 30k of really good skiing open!
Here are a few photos, thanks to Caitlin Patterson, from our first week.
Now, the World Cup contingent of the Green Team is in Finland prepping for the Kuusamo Opener. The rest of the skiers head to West Yellowstone soon to start their season. The World Cup biathletes also leave soon for their season, which starts in Pokljuka, Slovenia. IBU Cup biathletes will train in Craftsbury for a bit until leaving for their trip in mid December. Stay tuned for race results, always posted on www.greenracingproject.com, or on our Facebook (@CraftsburyGreenRacingProject) page!