Well, we are rolling into the final days of skiing before our U12/U14 team departs, while the U16 crew remains for another five days. The weather has certainly been beautiful, both up on the glacier and down here in town, and the training has been incredible. It is so great to watch all of the national teams and athletes from all over the world converge here in Saas-Fee to take advantage of the same training that our kids are getting.
The U12/U14 team did the traditional Gleischergrotte hike yesterday, where we visit the glacial lake created by runoff, specifically from the Feegletscher. The water was C.O.L.D., but worth it, as temps have been very summery. The team then headed up to the restaurant on the mountain for some celebratory ice cream. The U12/U14 team here for the Saas-Fee camp was relatively small, but they have had the advantage of lots of professional coaching attention, as well as the benefit of navigating the complexities of a Swiss camp. From figuring out how to get to the tuning room (and learning proper tuning techniques), to loading and unloading on the trams and train to get to the glacier, to using German or French to order a chocolate croissant in town, these kids have DIALED it in! We are so proud of this next generation of SMS alpine team skiers!
Good luck to our “littles” as they make their way back home! And, good luck to the U16s as they finish out strong, just in time to start the fall at SMS!