BCST men's group putting in the work in the southern hemisphere - BC Alpine Ski Association

The men’s BC Ski Team have been hard at work preparing for the upcoming season, both on and off snow. The team returned in early September from a successful on-snow training camp in Chile at El Colorado.

“We got the whole spectrum of weather while we were away,” said Morgan Pridy, men’s head coach. “It’s a stark reminder of our shifting climate and precarious nature of future summer training plans. Shallow snow still provided a workable surface for the group to train, despite the unsightly and rapidly spreading dirt patches across the mountain.”

The weather quickly turned – proving the much-used weather apps correct – with metres of snow blanketing the hill forcing the team to wait out the storm.

“A small silver lining, albeit only in hindsight, was the incredibly consistent wind howling through the resort,” Pridy said. “Metres of snow hugged the snow fences and other wrinkles on the face of the mountain, but the bulk of our options for training space needed only a couple of days before it was scraped down to a productive surface once again.”

The team was rewarded “with an awesome week to finish the camp”.

What’s next Coach Morgan?

Each guy on the team is working through their own process to build themselves up towards the competitive season. Right now we all still have a lot of work ahead of us in order to be ready, but we also have a lot of opportunities to improve between now and December.

Closest at hand is finishing Septembers off-snow training and then returning to South America for our second chance at on-snow preparation. This time in Corralco, one of Chile’s most southern resorts.

The race season get’s underway for the BCST men in November. See the race calendar for details.

Photos from BCST camp in El Colorado, Chile

“Winter” arrival
Chile sunset
Arrival day
Sascha Gilbert & Oliver Young
Dylan Stevens
Snow wall after the storm
GS course
Early mornings