U.S. Ski Team update: Alpine Devolopment squads rally at Mt. Bachelor, Park City
PARK CITY, Utah A slow spring is not in the U.S. Alpine Development Team vocabulary. Athletes nominated for both the mens and womens programs, including Keith Moffat of the Squaw Valley Ski Team, rallied in May for a 10-day on snow camp at Mt. Bachelor (Ore.), then rocketed to the newly opened Center of Excellence in Park City for three days of physical testing. We try to run pretty parallel programs for men and women, said U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association Competition Services Director Walt Evans. The volume for each group is typically the same, but the content varies. Starting this block off at Mt. Bachelor set an incredibly positive and productive tone for the entire program.Besides Moffat, mens participants included Michael Ankeny (Deephaven, Minn.; Buck Hill Ski Team), Wiley Maple (Aspen, Colo.; Aspen Valley Ski Club), Ben Morse (Carrabassett Valley, Maine; Carrabassett Valley Academy) and C Team nominee Will Gregorak (Longmont, Colo.; Ski andamp; Snowboard Club Vail).Tahoe City skier Nick Daniels, also of the Squaw Valley Ski Team, as well as Colby Granstrom (Lake Stevens, Wash.; Mission Ridge Ski Education Foundation) and Hunter Schleper (Vail, Colo., Iced Out Racing) missed the Mt. Bachelor camp due to injury recovery, but are scheduled to be in Park City for testing with the mens C Team along with Gregorak.Womens on-snow participants included Greta Byrne (Vail, Colo.; Ski andamp; Snowboard Club Vail), Vanessa Berther (Sammamish, Wash.; TAS Alpintal Snoqualmie Ski Foundation), Rose Caston (Salt Lake City, Utah; Park City Ski Team), Devin Delaney (North Conway, N.H.; Green Mountain Valley School), Julia Ford (Plymouth, N.H.; Holderness Ski Team), Anna Marno (Steamboat Springs, Colo.; Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club), Lauren Samuels (Minneapolis, Minn.; Team Gilboa) and Felicia Byers (Sandy, Utah; Snowbird Sports Education Foundation), who did not ski, yet continued to rehab a late season injury.According to Evans, it was former Womens U.S. Alpine Ski Team Head Coach Herwig Demschar who is personally responsible for bringing the alpine program back to Mt. Bachelor for the first time in nearly 10 years. Demschar is now COO of Park City based Powdr Corp, who owns and operates Mt. Bachelor.And what a welcome back it was. Womens Development Team Assistant Coach Kraig Sourbeer and mens Development Team Assistant Coach Tommy Eckfeldt reported incredible winter-like conditions, perfect for maximum productivity. Mt. Bachelor was a super invaluable partner in providing the best possible spring snow training, said Sourbeer. We had several wave tracks set up which held up incredibly each day. Mt. Bachelor is also at a pretty high elevation, so it was great to train at altitude and then bring the Team down to nearby Bend for recovery sessions and video review.Following the Mt. Bachelor session, both squads jumped flights directly to Utah for three packed days of physical testing at the state-of-the-art Center of Excellence where Sports Science staff Ernie Rimer and Randy Hill ran the crew through the full gamut of tests.