The voice of Edry at 5 am, “Wake up, boys! It’s going to be an exciting day”, and he was right. As we were approaching the mountain the lake of clouds covering the endless amount of trees and hills surprised us. After the hike to the lift, surprisingly the clouds raised to cover the face of the mountain. With the large amount of boot bags and skis, the trip from the vans to the chairlifts was the first challenge of the day.
After arriving at our lane and dropping our bags we met up with our groups and started to ski. We started from the basics and progressed throughout the day. In all groups we talked about the most simple things, which are crucial for racing such as, balancing during the turns, upper-lower-body separation, parallel skis, and etc. As coach Pete Davis said, “Every pyramid needs to have a foundation. And today we are beginning to build our own from the basics”. After a couple more runs, fog rolled in and the visibility became a challenge. Over time the fog got thicker and thicker causing us to go in a little early for the day. Later, we loaded our skis in the van and ate lunch in the lodge, leaving the mountain shortly to go back to our base.
Overall, we worked on important basics that are the foundation of racing, and that will help us improve throughout the course of the camp. After skiing we had activities. This consisted of team building, soccer, and ultimate Frisby. We created a friendly community that will help us to stay together as a team for the next week. On the drive back to base a massive hail storm hit, pelting the vans with ice. This unexpected weather was a call from nature to complete the rest of our day in the peaceful atmosphere of the base camp.