January 21, 2020
I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season and are ready to take on the new year! As for us here on the AST we have had a busy start to the new calendar year with the men (except for Gavin) racing the eastern NorAm Cup races taking place in Burke Mountain and Stowe, Vermont.
I strongly believe we as a group have learned a lot from these NorAm Cups about what it takes to get to the next level and earn World Cup spots and the caliber of skiing necessary to make such a step. We were able to have all five men in Vermont qualifying for at least one second run each with some qualifying on multiple occasions. We then had an Eastern Cup race at a hill called Smugglers Notch where we endured some of the most intense wind I have every experienced. Unfortunately, none of us were able to find the finish line on both runs due to the adverse weather conditions but we were not alone with 120 starters in the first run only 25 racers were able to complete both runs!
Meanwhile we had Gavin holding it down in some BC Cup races in Panorama winning the first GS race by a whopping 2 seconds! He managed to find the podium again in the Slalom where he placed third on the incredibly challenging Hayfever slope.
The team has since reunited in Panorama for a quick 4 day training block which featured some great training conditions with far more manageable temperatures than the -35 degree weather we had here in Calgary. The team has regrouped and we now have a 2 week training block here in Alberta at Lake Louise and Nakiska before we pack up and head out with the majority of the team continuing to follow the NorAm Cup which will take us on a tour through Quebec all the way down to the State of New York.
Devin and Kosta will be heading south to Utah as well as competing here in Alberta to tackle some FIS races rather than continuing with the NorAm tour.
Anyways this is what we are up to for the next little while and if you’d like to follow us head to our Instagram page @albertaskiteam or to the schedule on the Alberta Alpine website and come cheer us on!
Finally I would like to thank the sponsors for giving us this opportunity!
Sporting Life Canada
Lonestar Mercedes Benz
Nakiska Ski Area
Pro Sport Protection
I would also like to thank my personal sponsors for helping me along the way!
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