LOVELAND, CO (May 28) - The U.S. women’s technical team ushered in the “summer season” last week, wrapping up a two-week slalom and GS camp at Loveland Ski Area in Colorado.
On hand were Mikaela Shiffrin, Lila Lapanja and Paula Moltzan, as well as Head Technical Coach Roland Pfeifer, taking advantage of the late-spring, high-elevation training environment on the Continental Divide. The camp kicked off with full-blown winter conditions, including fresh snow, but sunshine and a hard surface closed out the training block.
“When we first got there, it didn’t feel like a spring training camp; it felt like a middle-of-winter training camp,” said Lapanja. “It was super cold and windy, and it pretty much dumped snow. We took a break over the weekend and then it almost felt like a completely different camp. The snow got really hard and solid.”
“Definitely the beginning was a little tough, but I wouldn’t say it was a ‘bad’ start,” said Shiffrin. “It was actually probably good because I’m not terribly strong on soft snow, so it was something that I had to work on.”
The ladies ran GS courses for a few days in the early, wintery conditions, and then switched it up to slalom and back to GS again. Shiffrin was glad to have a chance to prioritize giant slalom, saying she has “unfinished business” in the discipline.