January 2, 2009: Cold Canada!

After a long travel day on the 1st, I made it up to Calgary to train for a week before heading down to Steamboat Springs, CO for the Nor-Am Cup and the first races of 2009. Yesterday we trained GS (giant slalom) at Norquay, the resort where we had raced two weeks prior in 25 below temps, and where they had to cancel one of the races because of extreme cold and frostbite issues. It was a good day of training – I was testing new lifts for my bindings (which were quality tested by an engineer) and they worked out well. Just a few more tweaks and it’ll be good.

Today was a challenging day of steep slalom training in Calgary. My runs did not start off very well, but definitely improved as the day went on and my confidence started to build. The slope is steeper than the next slalom race on the 9th so it was great preparation.

A few more days of training here in sub-zero temps and then back to CO!

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