Freestyle Moguls Ski Team training in the Swiss Alps’ Zermatt

Posted By: The Ski Channel on October 16, 2010 10:33 am

In a village with cobblestone walkways and no cars with the famed Matterhorn as a backdrop, the U.S. Freestyle Moguls Ski Team set up camp for a few weeks in the Swiss Alps’ Zermatt. With fog rolling in and out, the Team was able to snap some great shots.

“Zermatt has to be one of the most scenic places I’ve ever been with massive endless peaks surrounding the area,” described Jeremy Cota (Carabbassett, ME). “The views are pretty spectacular. It makes for great Facebook photos.”

Zermatt, a mountain village located in the Swiss Alps, is known as one of the great ski and climbing areas of the world. Zermatt is tucked away in a deep valley surrounded by a ring of mountains over 13,000 feet high, including the nearly 15,000 foot Matterhorn at the head of the village. The ski and climbing village, a no auto through route, can be accessed by train and cruised by foot. Visitors and guests can anticipate doing a lot of walking but also a lot of fine dining, hiking, climbing and skiing.

Of course the athletes, including Olympic gold medalist Hannah Kearney (Norwich, VT) and fellow Olympian Heather McPhie (Bozeman, MT), were shredding the course and hitting the jumps, but what did they do when they weren’t training?

McPhie enjoyed the scenery and all Zermatt had to offer, “I did yoga out on the balcony, hiked almost every day, walked around town and ate delicious and leisurely meals.”

Cota decided to catch up on some sleep as well as getting in some laughs with teammate Sho Kashima (South Lake Tahoe, CA). “We would spend time going on hikes, doing upper body workouts in the gym and making funny movies with Sho’s Flip cam.”

With everything Zermatt had to offer, when asked what Cota’s and McPhie’s favorite thing about the camp, both responded with the same answer, training.

“My favorite part about camp had to just be the training, Coach Harald [Marbler, who went down a couple days early to build the course] did an amazing job with building the course,” said Cota. “For me it was the best training camp I’ve ever been too.”

“It is tough to say a favorite thing about Zermatt, but I feel it was one of the best training camps I have ever been to,” said McPhie. “The snow was great, the weather was beautiful most days, the course was great and my training went really well.”

The U.S. Freestyle Moguls Ski Team not only was lucky to have such a great training camp but also extremely fortunate to have the camp in such a spectacular place. With the Matterhorn staring down at the athletes as they bumped and jumped, it’s hard not to have a productive and fun camp.

Skiers to Watch

Heather McPhie
Hometown: Bozeman, MT
Club: Bridger Ski Foundation
Equipment: Moment Skis, POC, Full Tilt Boots
Sponsors: Skype, Lululemon Athletica, Powerbar, Hoopes Vision Center, Outlaw Partners
Career Highlights:
• Four World Cup podiums in 2010
• First World Cup win at 2010 Deer Valley World Cup
• Ranked second in 2010 Women’s World Cup for overall moguls standings

Jeremy Cota
Hometown: Carrabassett Valley,ME
Club: Steamboat Winter Sports Club
Equipment: Voelkl, Tecnica, Marker
Career Highlights:
• 2009 NorAm overall title
• Three top 10 World Cup finishes as a rookie in 2010
• 2010 U.S. Championship title in duals moguls and silver in moguls.