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May Camp- Kaunertal

We flew out from Gatwick to Munich on a very early flight, arriving in the baking sun. We had a very hot van ride (no air con in the van) to the Kaunertal glacier, where conditions were perfect, according to the other teams who had skied that day. We had a few hours rest and then headed to the volleyball court for a game, some core and some stretching before dinner and early bed. It was going to be a week of early rises (5 am) so sleep was going to be precious!

The first day conditions were good, the snow was a little soft but the weather was good. We started with a lot of drills to try to get our basic position solid before doing some good free skiing. As the day went on, however, the skies became darker and the clouds came in, bringing rain and snow, which stayed with us for the rest of the camp!

The following days we spent a lot of time doing more drills and skiing tight GS courses over the rolls on quite a flat piste, hopefully forcing us into a good ski position and giving us some feeling back on the skis. We also did a little super-g (on one of the better weather days) and some pro slalom (slalom distance course with GS gates) as well as some highly competitive dual slalom!

It was a pretty tough week with a very high volume of runs and poor visibility almost the whole time but very productive and it gave us all a good chance to make some basic changes which hopefully I can cement into my skiing on the next camp in July. Until then we have a 4 week fitness block to get our strength and endurance levels up, but first fitness testing…

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