MAMMOTH MOUNTAIN, CA – Despite heavy snow the men’s U.S. Alpine Ski Team wrapped up a dynamic spring camp last week as athletes at all levels of the program gathered at Mammoth Mountain.
“The camp was a total success on all levels,” said Men’s Alpine Head Coach Sasha Rearick. “We had the Development Team, Europa Cup and World Cup guys in town all doing different things, but they were all pushing each other. It was a cool and super productive dynamic.”
World Cup athletes on snow included Marco Sullivan (Squaw Valley, CA), Steven Nyman (Sundance, UT, pictured right) and Erik Fisher (Middleton, ID) with a goal of getting in some laps and testing equipment. On hand were boot representatives from Atomic, Fischer and Rossignol, which according to Rearick, was a big boost.
“We have such amazing support from those guys and this spring camp is immensely productive with them on site,” said Rearick. “Nyman was packing in the miles and is starting to get things dialed. Then we had Marco and Fish come in mainly for testing, plus Travis Ganong (Squaw Valley, CA) was also doing some volume skiing.”
It was an end-of-the-season camp for the Development Team with Head Coach Randy Pelkey pushing his athletes as he prepares to invite athletes onto the 2011 squad, while the Europa Cup group worked on fundamentals with Head Coach Forest Carey.
“Randy just drives those guys at this time of the year. They’re all looking to get that invite onto next season’s team and their legs are still pretty tuned from the season, so those guys are hammering,” said Rearick. “The Europa Cup boys are mainly working on fundamentals with Forest and packing in the miles.”
It also marked the return to snow for Tommy Biesemeyer (Keene, NY), who suffered an ACL tear during the men’s fall camp in Portillo, Chile last September, and the return of Andy Phillips (Sandy, UT), who rejoined the Team following a two-year LDS mission in Oslo, Norway.
“Tommy is looking really good and will be back up to speed by the end of summer and it’s just awesome to have Andy back. Both these guys bring a lot of effort to the group,” said Rearick.
The men’s World Cup group will all gather at the Center of Excellence in early June for their annual testing camp and then the entire men’s alpine program meets again in Park City in July for a conditioning camp focused on playing hockey.
A well received camp among the athletes, it was brought back into the schedule by popular demand after it was shelved for a couple of summers to change things up.
“The hockey camp is back,” said Rearick. “The guys always love when we play team sports for conditioning and the hockey camp is a good way for us to work both on strength training and team dynamics.”