The men of the U.S. Ski Team, including olympians like Ted Ligety, Steven Nyman and Will Brandenburg have been spending the week up in Mammoth Mountain. The are utilizing a private alpine training course built especially for the team, which features hard smooth snow that is incredibly productive for their skiing. The one caveat is that the team has to wake up early in order to get their turns in. They resort has been firing up the lifts bright and early at 6am, affording the team 2 1/2 hours of skiing before the public arrives.
It has been incredibly productive at Mammoth – probably the most productive camp I’ve had in a number of years,” said Brandenburg. “I’ve been taking 12 runs each day with six of those being full speed training runs of full-length or beyond full-length slalom.”
“The weather has been epic. Super cold at night and so far we haven’t had a day without sun. I’ve been road biking a lot in the afternoons and even got out rock climbing yesterday – we’re definitely staying active.”
In addition to Ligety, Nyman and Brandenburg. Fellow U.S. teammates Travis Ganong, Tim Jitloff and Junior World Champion Ryan Cochran-Siegle are on the scene training as well.
The athletes are visiting Mammoth Mountain as part of a 9-day camp, that is designed to allow each athlete to focus on their specific needs before they move on to heavy conditioning sessions and high volume on-snow training later in the preparation period. The camp concludes on Sunday.
U.S. Ski Team Coach Forest Carey described some of the areas the athletes are focused on during the camp.
“Ted [Ligety] is specifically working on testing skis right now with coaches Mike Day and Dane Spencer and I’ve been working with Brandenburg on tip clearance in slalom and even a little giant slalom. It’s been a while since he’s been on GS skis.”
“Steven [Nyman] and Travis [Ganong] are primarily working with the speed group and we also have Tommy Biesemeyer and Ryan Cochran-Siegle who are focusing on giant slalom. There’s a lot going on, but we have a great set-up with perfect snow and our own private hill for a few hours each morning.”