Sunday, 5 August 2012

Rain stopped play

Day seven of our summer camp and the weather caught up with us today. Having had evening thunderstorms a couple of times, we had one on the hill that drove us down this morning after only a few runs. 
The snow was good for our first day on the slalom skis and things were looking good for a good days technical training but the storm came in very quickly, catching a few teams out. 

Amazing double rainbow last night

It’s been a great camp so far and we’ve had good training on the hill with great conditions for GS. The remaining few days will be spent on slalom. We’ve had some great afternoon fitness training and other activities of which there is a great choice in Tignes, all within easy reach on foot.

We’ve all been following the olympic coverage, albeit in French. It’s been great to see Team GB picking up the medals over the last few days and moving into 3rd place on the table. Seeing Andy Murray take the gold, beating Federer at Wimbledon (he could've pulled that forward a month!) Let’s hope we can keep it up!

Thursday, 2 August 2012

Summer in Tignes

We have returned to Tignes for our annual summer camp and ten days on the glacier. We're on day four and have had four excellent days of GS training.
The glacier looked worse for wear when we arrived but this was just the view from the bottom. When we got up there, the conditions were great for training. It's a pretty short ride up to the glacier (about 10 minutes) on the funicular.

Great panoramic view from the top of our training piste

One of the advantages of Tignes is the off snow activities during the summer, many of which are free! with an activity card from your accommodation provider. So far we have used the pool, archery, mini golf and are looking at kayaking on the lake and the water jump and new blob jump.

Stunning view to Val Claret across the lake

We have another two days of GS training left and will then run slalom. The trainees return home on the 9th and I then head off to Aosta to sort out some details for our winter programme there.