Dec 03, 2015
FORET MONTMORENCY, QUEBEC - Mens and Womens skiing just recently returned from there annual Thanksgiving week camp in northern Quebec. With no natural snow on the ground the team was limited to a 2.5 km man made loop. The small loop certainly didn't slow down the Owls as many on the team got in upwards of 18 hours of training and over 250 km (155 miles). The week provided excellent training with great conditions despite one day of rain.
"The focus of the camp is certainly for the athletes to get comfortable being on skis again. The transition from a long rollerski season to be on snow can sometimes be difficult for some. The entire team responded very well to that transition and that enabled us to get in the amount of training we did," said head coach Joey Bard.
Being away from home didn't stop the ski team from celebrating Thanksgiving Day either. With excellent accommodations and a full kitchen at there disposal the team full of many first time cooks enjoyed a 20lb turkey, stuffing, potatoes, carrots, peas, rice, salad and pie. "It may not have been momma's cooking, but it was still nice to enjoy Thanksgiving while in Canada," said freshman Connor Hyrnuk (Boonville, NY).
Looking ahead the team will focus on recovery this week before buckling down for there last big training block of the season starting next week. The first on snow races of the year will happen in Craftsbury, Vt on Dec 19th and 20th.