My journey since Chile has been a little all over the place, really all over the world. I spent a few weeks at home in Italy before flying to Annapolis in Maryland for the annual boat show. I was helping out Horizon Yacht Charters, a yacht charter company based in the Caribbean, at the show. It was great to be able to learn more about the sailing industry and get my mind off skiing for a while. At the boat show we had a brand new catamaran that needed to be delievered down to the British Virgin Islands from Annapolis and I was lucky enough to be part of the crew. This was my first long offshore trip. We sailed a total of 1600 miles. It took us 5 days to reach Bermuda from Annapolis and then another 5 days down to the BVI. We were lucky with the weather and had fair winds and relatively calm seas. I also had a few days to explore Bermuda in the middle of the trip which was great fun. We arrived safely into the BVI and I had another week there before my flight was booked to fly back to the snow in Colorado. I made the most of the end of my summer before it was time to get back into skiing mode.
My journey to Colorado was interesting. I took a ferry from the BVI to the USVI and then I was due to fly to Fort Lauderdale and then onto Denver but unfortunately my first flight was delayed and I missed my connection. I had to spend the night in Florida and then the next day I flew onto Denver via Dallas. It was cool to be able to see more of America though, even if it was just out of the window of a plane!
My first day on skis was a bit of a shock to the system. Suddenly it was snow not sand under my feet and everything was going much faster than “island time”. However, I settled back into the training routine that I knew so well. We are staying in Frisco and training up at Copper Mountain. I really like the grippy American snow and so far we’ve had great training conditions for GS and SG. My skiing feels very different to the way it did last season and I think that can only be a good thing. It feels like a lot of things that I’ve been working on for the past few years are finally falling into place.
The plan is to be in Colorado until the end of the month so I still have another week of training and then I’ll take a few days break over Thanksgiving, experience my first ever American Thanksgiving, before the races start at the end of the month. On the calendar are two SG’s and two GS races which is ideal for me and I’ve been training on the race hill for the last few days so I’m really looking forward to the races!
I fly back to Europe on December 1st so the season will be in full swing when I land in Italy. I’m looking forward for the season to begin and to be settled into my new mountain base in Pozza di Fassa!