Alles gut!

30.Jan.2012 by Ida Sargent

Life is good and I’m feeling very lucky!  I just finished up an awesome training camp in Ramsau, Austria.  A week off from the World Cup was an opportunity to increase the volume and put in a short block of training a midst a busy period of racing.  I couldn’t have asked for a better location either than Ramsau.  We arrived in a blizzard and it was exciting to watch the snow accumulate on already giant snow banks!  A couple days into our stay, the snowstorm cleared and we have had clear sunny skies and absolutely perfect ski conditions.  I found new trails each day and it was hard to not ski for hours on end!  We took a few adventures into Schladming and Bad Ischl, Austria to explore the surrounding area.  I’m very grateful to be apart of such an enthusiastic and supportive team, a close family on the road.  And at the same time it’s exciting to hear reports of the rest of the team skiing super fast at the Craftsbury Marathon, Midwest SuperTours, Biathlon World Cups, and U26 Biathlon Champs.  We’ve got a great thing going!  Tomorrow I’m headed to Russia for a sprint in Moscow and a skiathlon in Rybinsk!  Here are some pictures of the week in Austria.

Waldrand Hotel and Apartmentswas our home for the week in Ramsau and we could ski out the front door.

Waldrand Hotel and Apartmentswas our home for the week in Ramsau and we could ski out the front door.

Liz making some turns in the powder

Liz making some turns in the powder

Chandra Crawford of Canada joined us for the week and was a speedy training partner and a great addition to the team!

Chandra Crawford of Canada joined us for the week and was a speedy training partner and a great addition to the team!

We watched a World Cup night slalom in Schladming

We watched a World Cup night slalom in Schladming

It was hard to see the skiing, though, because there were so many crazy Austrian fans

It was hard to see the skiing, though, because there were so many crazy Austrian fans

My birthday fell midweek and I celebrated with a long ski with the girls.

My birthday fell midweek and I celebrated with a long ski with the girls.

They picked out my outfit which included a crown, Mardi Gras beads, and pink sequin suspenders

They picked out my outfit which included a crown, Mardi Gras beads, and pink sequin suspenders

Another ski in the afternoon, a waffle birthday cake with marzipan pigs, and it was one of the best birthday celebrations

Another ski in the afternoon, a waffle birthday cake with marzipan pigs, and it was one of the best birthday celebrations

When the sun came out this was the view from our hotel

When the sun came out this was the view from our hotel

I wish I could send some of this snow home!

I wish I could send some of this snow home!

There are ski trails everywhere here including through people's backyards.

There are ski trails everywhere here including through people's backyards.

The stadium where we raced OPA cup finals last March

The stadium where we raced OPA cup finals last March

The weather wasn't quite as warm for this trip but there was a lot more snow!

The weather wasn't quite as warm for this trip but there was a lot more snow!

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The hut at the top of the "Around the mountain loop"

The hut at the top of the "Around the mountain loop"

Auf Wiedersehen

Auf Wiedersehen