Well, in an outdoor sport like ski racing, things happen outside of your control that shake up the plan and you have to do your best to keep a positive attitude and roll with the punches! After a great warm-up of drills on the glacier we got the word that we would have to evacuate due to lightening in the area. It wasn’t optimum, but being up high surrounded by numerous lightening rods in the form of lift towers and mid winter conditions with poor visibility and blowing snow, it definitely felt like a smart move to head back down the mountain. Throughout the morning the girls acted with amazing positivity and great attitudes. It certainly helps make our job easier when the athletes are able to take on all the twists and turns with ease!
As we made the commute down the mountain we managed to score a rock climbing session with Whistler Core Climbing Center. We were able to keep it a surprise from the girls right up till we walked into the facilities! It was great to see the stoke in their eyes as they realized we were going climbing!
An hour was spent bouldering, rope climbing and rope swinging. The rock guides were super impressed with the girls commitment and bravery! There was absolutely no holding back and the session featured in many of the girls highlights of the day.
After climbing the girls got a chance to do some exploring of the village, a little bit of shopping and of course some managed to sneak off to cows for much loved ice cream.
Dinner was homemade pizza with a delicious fruit crisp for dessert. This was followed by a great nutrition talk with Leslie which touched on the importance of hydration, critical fueling times and healthy food choices!
We are all looking forward to a productive day of slalom tomorrow and hopefully the weather will cooperate as we are planning a trip up the Whistler peak chair with a hike back down! Photos are below!