The Canadian Alpine Ski Teams officially kicked off training on snow for the 2010-11 season with camps in New Zealand to prepare for the start of the FIS World Cup season and the upcoming 2011 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships.
The fully-equipped camp started on schedule despite a fire at Heathrow airport that destroyed much of the equipment intended for the training. Canada’s men’s technical and speed teams, as well as some high-potential prospects, began on snow training at Coronet Peak Ski Area in Queenstown, NZ on Sunday.
“The dryland training leading up to this on-snow camp was intense and has a prepared and ready to go,” said Manuel Osborne-Paradis, who is coming off a season in which he won a World Cup super-G and downhill race. “The speed team is in New Zealand for two weeks and I think that is the right amount of time for us. We are really motivated and looking forward to getting the most out of our time on snow.”
Men’s team head coach Paul Kristofic said they focus on the basics, including free skiing and drills to re-establish balance, during the first ski camp of the season.
Several Canadian skiers are scheduled to compete in a FIS giant slalom race at Coronet Peak on August 4.
The women’s tech and speed teams will be in New Zealand for much of August, beginning at the Roundhill Ski Area on August 1.
“After some hard work in the gym and on my bike, I am really excited to get back on skis. I’m looking forward to working with the new coaches that we have going into this World Championship season,” said Britt Janyk, who has been on a World Cup podium twice in her career including a downhill win in Aspen in 2007.
“We have a young team right now, other than myself. And I am really looking forward to leading them into the upcoming season,” Janyk said.
The 2010 World Cup season gets underway in October with men’s and women’s giant slalom races as well as a team event. Starting in November, the Canadians will play host to The Bombardier Lake Louise Winterstart, which will bring the top ski racers in the world back to Canada for the first time since the 2010 Olympic Winter Games held in Vancouver. However, despite feelings of national pride, the big event of the season has to be the 2011 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships set to take place in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany from February 8-20.