Well the weather man was sure correct in the prediction of the latest forecast here in Saas Fee, Switzerland.
We had three great days on snow followed by a huge snow and wind storm which forced us to have a day off today.
The first day we free skied, got comfortable back on our skis, and tried to stay awake for the afternoon and dinner to get food in our bellies before the jet lag took over each and every one of us.
The next two days we did a few warm up/free runs then headed straight over to the SX course where the Swiss SX Team has been training throughout the fall.
The course pretty slow and low key but is perfect for me to get back into the ski cross mode, build my confidence back up, and work on technique. There are primarily lots of rollers and bank turns in the course.
Yesterday we did eight solo runs in the course then pulled ten starts to finish our session off. At 4,000 metres pulling ten starts then skiing through the first roller section and THEN hiking back up to the start definitely tires the body out surprisingly quick.
After training we hop on the train that takes us through, yes through, the mountain to the cafe where we eat lunch. We then continue our journey back to town riding two gondolas down.
Saas Fee is unlike any small Canadian mountain town; it is nestled in a valley in south Switzerland right on the edge of the Italian boarder. Gorgeous towering mountains surround it with many hiking trails throughout. There are no cars allowed in the town. The little cobblestone and paved streets are only wide enough for small electric vehicles to drive through. Many tourists visit the town year round. There are lots here even now in the off season.
Our afternoons consist of dryland, as a team or OPP (which stands for “own personal program”) decided by our trainer, Craig. We also have physio and massage appointments to schedule individually when needed, which is often. I always look forward to my massage with Kathy, our team’s massage therapist, but I really don’t know why; I scream inside my head out of pain the whole time I am getting treated. Her treatments are definitely worth the pain though and relax our ridiculously tight muscles.
Dinners are in town at the Steakhouse restaurant. It is a country and western restaurant, a dining theme that is very rare in Europe I have noticed over the years. The food is amazing and so is the owner’s dog named Ice who is a gorgeous big white hound. He lies in the middle of the entry way on the floor, not bothering a soul and just looks pretty.
Since we had a day off today and the sports complex in town is covered over with snow we played badminton as a team in the inside rec centre. Four of us girls played doubles and had a great time laughing with one another playing a sport most of us had never played before.
It felt like christmas today walking around town covered in a blanket of white. It was beautiful. Good thing none of us brought our winter boots…
Hopefully we get to ski tomorrow and are back on the ski cross track!
Here is a link to the photo’s I have taken so far on our camp. It is my athlete facebook page-
You can also see them all from my Twitter account-