Last week the team loaded up the van, the truck, and the trailer and we made our annual pilgrimage to Foret Montmorency, Quebec. The “Foret” is a ski area about an hour north of Quebec City that tends to receive snow considerably earlier and in greater amounts than we do here in Vermont. In addition, they make a huge pile of snow in the spring and store it over the summer under a layer of wood chips. This pile of man-made snow is laid out on a 2.5 kilometer track in late October, so we’re essentially guaranteed some pretty good skiing even if the natural snow gods don’t cooperate! This year we had good natural snow, too – by the end of the week we were skiing on about 25 K’s of good trail.
We had a great camp. Most of the team had about 2o-25 hours on snow over the 8 day trip, and we all competed in a race at the end of the week with several of our fellow EISA teams. We had several fun harder workouts, as well a few longer skis that allowed us to explore all of the terrain the Foret has to offer.
We’re back on campus now for the last week of classes in preparation for finals next week. We’ll be training at Rikert, and thanks to the hardworking crew up there we have good snow for training. We’re excited for the opening Eastern Cups later in December that Rikert will be hosting![caption id="attachment_4461" align="alignnone" width="300"] Our team! Left to right: Coach Patty Ross, Patrick McElravey, Adam Luban, Nick Underwood, Jacob Volz, Evan Weinman, Kelsey Phinney, Heather Mooney, Nicolette Amber, Katie Feldman, Penelope Spencer, Luna Wasson, Kaitlin Fink, Cate Brams, Stella Holt, Coach Andrew Johnson (Not pictured: Jack Steele, Alia Johnson)[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_4462" align="alignnone" width="300"] Patrick striding it out during a pace workout early in the week[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_4463" align="alignnone" width="300"] Luna and Penelope during the same pace workout[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_4464" align="alignnone" width="300"] Adam and Heather enjoying one of the many (two) sunny days![/caption]
[caption id="attachment_4460" align="alignnone" width="300"] Evan attacking the big hill during our skate TT on Saturday[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_4465" align="alignnone" width="300"] Part of our cheering crew for the men’s race![/caption]
[caption id="attachment_4466" align="alignnone" width="300"] Thanksgiving![/caption]
Best wishes from our team to you for a happy and healthy start to winter!