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Let’s Go to Idaho!

Day 1: Sun Valley, ID Written by Kat

The GMVSxc crew is on the road again, this time for three weeks in Idaho and Montana. Right now we’ve got sunny, warm weather but hopefully the skies will drop some snow for us soon. We’re going to be in the Sun Valley, Idaho area for five nights before heading to West Yellowstone, MT for two weeks.

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Yesterday we had a smooth travel day that started dark and early with a 3:45 am departure from campus. We flew from Burlington, connecting in Chicago for a short layover before arriving in Boise midday.

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After picking up our rental vans we hit up a grocery store to load up for the week before heading for Sun Valley. The team has a cooking schedule for the whole camp where everyone cooks six times with different teammates each time. They planned all of their meals so our grocery shop was easy, with the ingredients and amounts all written out in advance. We came away with about four carts of food for our first week here.

We’re staying in Ketchum on a road called Chocolate Gulch. One of Colin’s friends from his time with Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation (SVSEF) is letting us stay in his gorgeous log home nestled right up against the hillside. The house is amazing: the boys have already made use of the fire-heated hot tub and as I write this Margo, Carl, Brian, Elliot are making us our second dinner in the well-outfitted kitchen. Last night we had tacos courtesy of Charlie, Tanner, Rena, and Nick. Tomorrow Tanner wants to make use of an ice cream maker he found today!

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The house! It’s amazing!

This morning we took a slower morning to recover from travel, getting going with training around 9am. Before heading out for a trail run we each recorded some personal goals for the camp block. The trails we ran can be accessed right across the street from our house and are single track mountain bike trails.

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Getting some sun and views from the trails.

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The running together.

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A sunny place to pause. (Photo by Tanner)

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Enjoying the views north toward the Boulder Mountains.

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Time for stretching, layer removal, and hydration.

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Nick found a high spot.

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This afternoon we went for an easy skate rollerski on the bike path heading south toward Hailey. The path has been repaved in the last year so we were greeted by smooth surfaces for the duration.


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Some of the crew finishing up.

Tomorrow we’re going to rollerski in the morning again, joining up with the SVSEF crew a bit. They’re going to do a time trial so we’ll watch but ski the same terrain. In the afternoon we’re going to hit up their gym which is just down the road from where we’re staying.

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s sunny update from Sun Valley!

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Summer 2016

With just two weeks left before school starts we’re past due for a summer update on the adventures of the GMVS Nordic squad! Here’s the short of the long in photos!

We started the summer off with two camps on the GMVS campus in June. The first was a camp put on by GMVSxc where we hosted over 30 athletes (including a group of Italians from our sister school in Mals, Italy) for a mixed week of training, including both volume and intensity workouts. We were joined by several guest coaches (from VT, ME, and Italy!) who all brought great skills and enthusiasm to camp!

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The crew!

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Some dryland basics paired with name games to kick off the week.

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The Mals crew! We’re looking forward to visiting them in September!

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The Italian ladies were psyched with the view from the top of Camel’s Hump!

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Lunch time with a view…

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We had great (but hot) weather so we hit just about every swimming hole in the Mad River Valley!

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Just a few sweaty athletes cooling off!

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We put some focus on agility and speed, spending a morning honing our skills in the Sugarbush parking lot in advance of an agility course time trial on the GMVS campus later in the week.

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Waiting to hit the agility course is better in the shade surrounded by friends…

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We made two trips to Jericho to ski on the rollerski track and even got to try biathlon thanks to Ethan Allen Biathlon Club! There were some sharp shooters in this crew!

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New Middlebury college assistant coach, Kate Barton, working on double poling speed with a camper in Jericho. 

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We ended the first camp with a rollerski up the steepest paved mile in North America at Lincoln Gap and then trekked out to Sunset Ledge to take in the view. A big week of training complete!

Our second camp was organized by NENSA and hosted by GMVS: the New England REG (Regional Elite Group) camp! This camp was by invite only and featured a talented group of some of the fastest juniors from New England and New York! We were joined by coaches from across New England as well as USST coach, Bryan Fish!

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The crew on Olympic Day when we were joined by USST/SMST2 skier Andy Newell and his fiance and SMST2 teammate, Erika Flowers. Lots of smiles…Thanks NNF for supporting this crew of super stars! 

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Andy Newell kicked off the agility course time trial on Olympic Day! He’s very agility, super quick and really fun to watch! It was great to have him show off for the REG crew and give them a course time to strive toward!

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Incoming GMVS junior Rena taking on the slalom cones on agility day

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Pre-breakfast wake-up work with coach Fish: working on body position, awareness and control.

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High hands, high hips and high expectations! Looking good Olivia!

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Elliot and coach Fish talk classic striding before jumping into Blueberry Lake after a classic distance ski.

July and August have been low key with the GMVSxc athletes training on their own or with club teams for the most part. Kat has been getting together with anyone available on Tuesdays to ski in Jericho and some of the gang will get together just before school starts for a day trip to Kingdom Trails for some mountain biking.

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Charlie taking a break during a skate ski in Richmond on a gorgeous (but incredibly humid) evening. I think he’s pondering how nice a jump in the river would feel!

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TK has spent much of his summer on Lake Champlain with family, getting out for workouts (doing some single leg squats on a bridge here) with his dad and older brother Jack.

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Nick will join us this year and it’s been fun to see him a bit over the summer….he’s always got a huge smile!

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Elliot (L) and Forrest (R) doing some intervals together in Jericho.

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Charlie getting his stretch on after a ski in Jericho.

There are just two weeks until school starts and we’re looking forward to having everyone back on campus! Enjoy what’s left of summer break and keep training hard and smart!

For anyone interested there are smaller updates and lots more photos from the past two+ months on our Instagram (GMVSxc) and Facebook (GMVS Nordic Ski Team) pages. Check them out!

Happy August!