Since November 6th I have been living at the Delta Hotel in Kananaskis and training at the Nakiska ski area. When I showed up I was the only athlete here from my team and only the Alberta and BC provincial teams were here training. It was very quiet but perfect for training! I was able to have 3 days of slalom training where I was the only athlete with 5 staff members…talk about a good ratio!!! This allowed us to have really high volume and work out the kinks in my slalom since I have not focused on it much thus far. I was skiing about 800 gates of slalom for the first couple days. My legs were tired to say the least but it was great to get some quick feet back!
Slowly other teams started rolling in for pre-season training/prep for the Lake Louise World Cup. The French and Swiss speed teams were the first to arrive followed by the Germans a week later. My teammates JP Roy, Erik Read joined us a few days into the camp and Sasha Zaitsoff did the same upon return from his World Cup race in Levi, Finland. JP and I spent most of our days doing double sessions…Speed training early in the morning with the Swiss/French and then GS afterwards. Overall, the training was excellent! It was pretty quiet on the hill compared to other years so we were able to have plenty of runs in all disciplines.
Our group is flying to Colorado tomorrow morning where we will spend the next few days training before the first Nor-Am races of the season in Loveland and Aspen. We will be in Colorado for the next 3 weeks! I have to say, I am extremely excited about this because I have spent a lot of time down there in the past and it is one of my favourite areas in the world to ski. I also found out recently that I will be racing in the World Cup GS at Beaver Creek the first week of December!! I can’t wait…I have always wanted to race that track and now I will have the opportunity to do so against the best in the World.
This week is the Lake Louise World Cup. The Canadian Speed team has been in Colorado for the last couple weeks getting some wicked training at Copper Mtn. and Vail. From what I hear the boys are skiing well and are ready to throw down at home next weekend! Our top guys Erik Guay, Jan Hudec and Ben Thomson will no doubt bring the heat! Manny OP and John Kucera will make their comeback from injury at home which is extremely exciting for them! Dustin Cook, Conrad Pridy and his brother Morgan will also be in Lake Louise looking to add depth to our strong speed team and hopefully gain some valuable World Cup Points. Best of luck to all the boys representing Canada this week!
Unfortunately, as many have heard. My teammate and roommate from the summer, Robbie Dixon, crashed last week in a Downhill race at Copper Mtn. He suffered a broken leg and underwent surgery immediately following. I wish Robbie all the best in his recovery…we all know he will be back soon, better then ever!
That’s all for now, stay tuned for more info from Colorado!
Cheers —- Phil
ps. sorry for some crappy quality cell pics…