Women’s speed Head Coach Chip White teamed up with Mammoth Mountain Race Department to create terrain designed to mimic World Cup racing hills. The new addition will drastically improve the level of specialized training the resort can offer World Cup athletes like Stacey Cook, Leanne Smith, and Laurenne Ross, who have all been working hard to master a “bumpy traverse” comparable to what they competed on at the 2012 Audi FIS World Cup Finals in Schladming, Austria.
“We noticed our athletes losing time on those sections and we want to correct that,” White said of the rough traverses.
Schladming will host the 2013 World Ski Championships next February, so the new terrain will be imperative to the athletes’ preparation.
For the second consecutive spring, the U.S. Women’s Team has returned to the Mammoth Camp to work with Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA) Team Captain Mike Rogan on back-to-basics form exercises and warm-up routines.
“It has been getting really cold at night, so we’ve had full-on World Cup conditions right from the start of camp,” said two-time Olympian Stacey Cook. “Mammoth always has great snow this time of year and even though they don’t have the base they normally do, what is here is ideal for what we need to accomplish.”
Mammoth has opened the resort to the U.S. Ski Team every morning starting at 6 a.m. PT for two and a half hours of private training time before opening to the public at 8:30 a.m.
“It took a lot of work to get the slopes to this point, but the crew at Mammoth has been incredibly energetic and supportive in helping us produce terrain to specifically help our team build skills in areas where we need more work.”
The Mammoth Camp is intended for each athlete to work on individual needs before moving into high volume on-snow training later in the training phase.