When I hear the word "man made" snow the first place that comes to mind is Canmore Alberta. That place is unusually cold. Especially around November. If there was a snow guns per capita census Canmore would be the top of that list. They know how to make snow out there. So much that they will make snow during a race and on your race course. It was kind of neat actually. Who doesn't want a complete white out section during a mass start competition?
Roller skiing in all it's glory can not take the place of real skiing. This was evident when I felt abnormally tired starting yesterday's morning session. There are lot of different muscles involve between the two forms of training. In all my efforts to sculpt my ski technique into perfection nothing can save me from the first few sessions on snow. Strangely enough, after five days everything is back to normal and the coaches stop worrying about technique.
The loop isn't very long. That's no reason to complain really. A 30 second loop on snow would be better than a five minute loop on roller skies. That's one rule of thumb. This one averages about three minutes going easy. Yesterday I did some intervals. 2 X 15min Level 3 and 3 X 6min level 4. If you don't know what that means that's okay. It just means I turned the three minute loop into a two minute loop for a little while. After the morning's interval session and some hang out time in the lodge I hopped in on some drills with the Maine team. We ended the daylight with some intense ski games that kind of reminded me of the movie Brave Heart.
If having snow on what feels like is demand wasn't enough, a few of us are leaving later on today to go to West Yellowstone, MT. The name of the town implies it's location be the way. The forecast calls for more snow to compliment the snow WY already has. The first NorAm is on the weekend of the 11th and I'm really looking forward to it. All things considered I'm in a pretty good mood right now.