The U.S. Women's Ski Team is practicing right now at Mammoth Mountain, California where women's speed Head Coach Chip White and the Mammoth Mountain Race Department have constructed terrain mimicking World Cup race hills for specialized training.
Mammoth Mountain has made their resort available to the U.S. Ski Team starting each morning at 6 a.m. for two and a half hours of private training before opening to the public at 8:30 a.m. "It took a lot of work to get the slopes to this point," said Coach White. "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."
World Cup athletes including Stacey Cook (Mammoth Mountain, CA), Leanne Smith (North Conway, NH) and Laurenne Ross (Bend, OR) have been training on a "bumpy traverse" similar to what they saw at the 2012 Audi FIS Alpine World Cup Finals in Schladming, Austria, which will host the 2013 World Ski Championships next February.
For a second straight spring, U.S. women are also utilizing the Mammoth camp to work on specific form exercises with Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA) Team Captain Mike Rogan. "It's been great to have Mike back with us this spring," said Stacey Cook. "I think we all benefited from his perspective last year and now he's like a member of the team. He can see things in our technique that help compliment what our coaches see. It's a huge gain for us to have him here."
Mammoth Mountain © Mike Doyle