In just a few days I will be heading down the Chile and my summer will be coming to an end.
Taking a step back from skiing this summer has been really good for me. I’ve had the opportunity to do other things and think about other things aside from constantly skiing and hitting the gym. I’m now ready to put my skis on and head back to the snow!
Since my last update I enjoyed a short amount of time back at home in Italy. If you thought the UK heatwave was bad then you should have tried the Italian one. With temperatures well over 40 degrees in the sun I spent my days either in the pool, in the lake or in the shade! The heat was short lived though as I flew to Manchester for a 4-day camp in Chill Factor. I was coaching for Ambition but as the camp was sponsored by Atomic, I was also there representing Atomic. It’s cool to see so many younger kids trying out Atomic skis and enjoying them. Even at the level of skiing I am doing now, it is extremely difficult to get to try out skis so Atomic UK are giving the kids a great opportunity by letting them test out their skis. Although I wasn’t exactly looking forward to being indoors all day on the ski slope, the camp was really good fun! I could see the kids progressing and enjoying themselves and it was great to see so many of them on the podiums at the British indoor races at the end of the week.
After Manchester I headed up North to Glasgow for a few days where I was visiting my ex-team mate and best friend, Nicole Ritchie. Nicole was working at Glasgow ski racing for a few days while I was visiting so I asked if I could help out too. It was my first-time skiing on a plastic ski slope! I expected it to be more like skiing on snow but I managed to only fall over once… and by the end of the second day I was going off the jump and tucking down the slope so I was pretty proud of myself! It was cool to see so many young kids loving skiing on plastic and coming down from a 7 second long run with a big smile on their faces.
I’m back in Italy now for a few days to pack up all my ski gear before I head to La Parva in Chile on Thursday. I will be down in Chile with ISRA for three weeks for racing and training.