Starting on the FIS circuit
Two years later, my first FIS season got off to a little bit of a rough start. The training day before what would have been my first race (in New Zealand) I dislocated my shoulder tearing my labrum in the process. After surgery and four months of recovery I finally started my first FIS race in Lutsen Minnesota, early February.
To make up for the missed time on snow last season, I spent this summer travelling around the world with the British Ski Academy, for both training and racing. This was only possible with my mom’s job as a flight attendant, and my dad’s job as a ski coach. My dad and I flew standby to every single location this summer paying only tax on our tickets, but never completely certain we would make our flights. Besides the occasional airport stress, my summer skiing experience was amazing and thoroughly unforgettable.
I spent two weeks in June at Les Deux Alpes, a resort in the French Alps. The mountains were beautiful and green and the days were generally warm and sunny up on the glacier area. These weeks were meant only for training and remembering movement patterns necessary for skiing. We went through a set of drills every day to activate muscle memory, and gradually transitioned to skiing through the gates. When we weren’t skiing, we did conditioning or participated in actual summer activities such as rafting and paintball.