Our last day in Italy was upon us before we knew it: two weeks can really fly by. We decided to go big and go home, setting out on a 20 kilometer hike from Schlinig, Italy to Sur En, Switzerland. The hike took us through the infamous Uinaschlucht, a gorge with a smuggler’s route carved into the cliff walls.
Coach Beckwith has got map fever right now: here he plots out the route before our departure from Schlinig.
Confident that we know our way, he drives the van back out the valley. We’ll see you in Switzerland!

The peaks of the Ortler range were snow capped, but it was 70 and sunny down here in the valley.

Right before the major climb in the hike, we stopped for a “rock on” pose in front of the waterfall. It was somewhere around here that we decided that this was the best day ever.

It was great to have our favorite Frenchman back from training in Austria with the biathletes.

It’s tough to find words to describe how beautiful it was here.

Fitzy lugs her camera gear and extra clothes up the mountain. She took a lot of great photos on this trip. Some have made their way onto the blog, others are sure to debut on Facebook in the next few days.

Dev takes a moment to reflect on where he’s been.

Once we climbed up over the waterfall, it was all downhill to Switzerland in this high alpine valley. 

To the Uinaschulcht we go!

Toine is always an enthusiastic photo subject.

We tried to kill some time on the way to the Uinaschlucht, so we hiked up this ridge on the side of the trail. 

Looking down on Antoine from the ridge.

The Halvorsen siblings are interviewed by Antoine (not pictured) about the hike.

Heading into the gorge. The river is close to the trail at the top, then quickly drops deep into the slot canyon.

The group stayed together for the whole hike, up from Schlinig, down through the Uinaschlucht and out the other side: this was an awesome way to wrap up a fantastic camp.

Someone came into this valley and said, “I think i’ll cut a two-kilometer long path into the side of this cliff. By hand.”

The cliffs drop off close to 100 meters into the abyss below.

It was an unbelievable camp in Italy: we had fantastic weather, a variety of great training, awesome food, and hospitality that we can only hope to replicate in the spring. Thank you to everyone who made it possible for this trip to happen!

We finally had a solid thunderstorm this afternoon–which was nice, because it cut the afternoon heat. We are now two days into the first Session of summer camps. We have a great group from around New England and New York.
Yesterday we took a hike up the Clark Brook Trail to summit Mt. Roosevelt with poles. The trail takes you up to the backside of the Breadloaf Wilderness and there is a sweet view down into the valley where I like to drag the team in the winter for Adventure skis. Lots of moose, groomed trails and not too many snowmobiles…
My good friend Sean, his wife Erika and cute-as-a-button and now talking daughter, Aspen live near the top of the valley. The graciously let us grill, swim and hang out at their house–one of the best views I have seen in VT!
Today was classic technique with several stations focusing on striding, Double Poling and dryland imitation. We had a video feedback session after lunch and a follow-up / fun session in the afternoon which led us the Sugarbush’s smooth and safe parking lot, where we had some quick slalom runs and enjoyed nice views as the thunderboomers started materializing over the Greens.
We also got in two swimming holes in the Valley–like Sugarbush says, “it’s better up here.”

Stay tuned!!

Milk snake anyone…over at my house in New Haven.
Keep your shoes on!!

A day with the US ski team.
-7AM, GMVS team is out running. After enjoying our breakfast, we all put our training clothes on and get into the Sprinter. We drove for about 15 min with Preston Ipod songs playing one after the other. Finally we arrived, Justin gave us the instructions of today`s training and let us start our warm-up. We did a little loop with the US ski team to begin the workout. Everyone is now ready to start the hardest part of today`s training: 5x4min level 4 for the boys and, I think, 4x3min for girls. Everyone did well, especially David who was able to stay with the big guys all along the workout. Danny and John really pushed hard all the way.They also find the energy to accelerate in the last intervals going farther than all their previous ones. A special thanks to Dylan who cheered us and took some picture (he did a lot of sprints 1 or 2 days before so he took it easy). Danny, courageously asked Torin Koos and Garrot Kuzzy to come for dinner… guess what.. they accepted and David Chamberlain came too !!! We all help for the dinner preparation, but the girls did a really impressive job cooking home made bread and cookies. After this good meal we all went out to play with fire ..yeah you read it right , it`s not of of my french writer mistakes .. we really played with the fire and played mafia game. We had a lot of fun around this fire.Stay tuned for more info on our LP training camp.
Louis-Etienne Garceau

Good Weather, Great Training.

Summer Camps wrapped up just in time for the Fourth. Our Second Annual Camps had awesome turnouts, with skiers from throughout New England. Each camp began with an adventure hike with poles, and concluded with an uphill roller ski challenge on Appalachian Gap.
All activities promoted ski specific technique on either roller skis or on foot. Athletes awoke to a morning jog and mobility exercises. During the day they had two workouts. Each night, group meetings focussed on skiing education and inspiration.
Many thanks to Paul Stone and Eric Carter (UVM), Colin Rodgers (Fischer/Sun Valley), and Sabra Davison (GMVS) for joining us during camp.

GMVS – APP GAP TT – Pursuit 7/3

# Battleground Start Club Skate Split Classic Split Total 07 vs. 08
1) Hilary Rich CSU 12:45 17:05 29:50 (-3:05)
2) Hannah Smith CSU 15:41 17:39 33:20
3) Kaitlin Fink Bedford XC 14:36 19:29 34:15 (-4:23)
4) Andrea Dunkle Tunbridge 15:27 20:31 35:58
5) Megan Trow Fall Mtn. 21:55 20:30 42:25
6) Heather Fisher CSU 17:58 24:56 42:54
7) Kelsey Colpitts CSU 20:45 27:20 48:05
1) Thomas Haynes Harwood 12:00 16:50 28:50 (-0:14)
German Flats Start
1) David Sinlclair GMVS 17:41 12:58 30:39 (-2:18)
2) Noah Brautigam GMVS/Midd 20:08 13:19 33:27 (-1:29)
3) John McGlenn GMVS 19:56 14:14 34:10 (-11:54)
4) Peter Hegman MMU 19:54 14:29 34:23 (-6:56)
5) Dylan Grald GMVS/Ford S. 22:43 14:59 36:42 (-1:01)
6) Jackson Rich CSU 21:14 15:51 37:05 (-3:31)
7) Andrew Nesbitt Gould 20:54 17:24 37:10 (-0:48)
8) Max Ebstein Mt. Mansfield 22:30 15:48 38:18
9) Danny Kuzio GMVS 21:50 16:38 38:28 (-1:08)
10) Jared Supple Mt. Mansfield 23:18 15:55 39:13
11) Riley Walker North Country 24:41 15:46 40:00
12) Phillip Tosteson Ford Sayre 23:00 17:23 40:23
13) Paco DeFrancis Ford Sayre 23:35 17:39 41:14
14) Alec McGovern GMVS 25:57 18:18 44:15