New Zealand Camp 2013

I just got home several days ago after almost a month New Zealand. I’ve been training down there for the last 9 years now with the team. New Zealand is up there for my favorite places in the world. The skiing is not always amazing but good enough to get valuable training on winter snow. What’s really nice is it’s moderate enough in the valley to golf, play tennis or hike. As with most years we spent most our time in the Queenstown area training at Coronet Peak. This camp is always important for figuring out things in our skiing as well as testing equipment. Alex Martin, my tech, brought 70+ pairs of skis down this year.

This year we ventured to Round Hill near Lake Tekapo to start the camp off. It was my first time in Tekapo, so it was nice to see something different. Round Hill is perfect for getting back on snow since it’s pretty moderate terrain wise.

Views from the top!

After a week at Lake Tekapo we headed back to Queenstown and Coronet Peak. I focused mostly on slalom this camp. This year was a particularly bad snow year so our training options were more limited then normal, therefore GS training was always on extreme terrain which is good but not ideal for figuring out new things technically or equipment wise. Slalom on the other hand was very productive, I felt like I made some strides technically and figured out some things equipment wise as well.

Tommy and I at the top of a GS course.

Now that I am home I am looking forward to hanging out here enjoying the end of Summer until the season starts ramping up with speed camp in Chile in a couple weeks.

Alex, Forest and Shaun on the side of the course watching GS training at Cornet Peak. See you in Chile guys!

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Greenland with Warren Miller

When I got the call from Warren Miller this winter to film with them again this spring I was pumped. They gave me the option between Alaska and Greenland. Tough Choice, but despite Alaska being the pinnacle of big mountain skiing, I decided one doesn’t get opportunities to go to Greenland very often so I went with Greenland. The trip was put on with The Climate Reality Project and I Am Pro Snow to help highlight how climate change has been affected Greenland and how that effects the rest of the world.

Getting to Greenland is quite the endeavor; you have to fly right over Greenland to Copenhagen then fly most of the way back. Unfortunately the airlines lost my ski bag so I didn’t want to venture to one of the most isolated places in the world without the necessary equipment. When I finally got my bag there weren’t any flights Greenland that day. So after 3 days in Copenhagen I finally made it to Manitoq, Greenland. From there we loaded onto to the Kisaq our boat and home. The other athletes on the trip were Mark Abma and Michelle Parker; two of the best big mountain skiers out there. I was really looking forward to learning from them. Unfortunately we didn’t have the best snow conditions (4inches of powder on hard refrozen and glacial ice). It has been an unusually warm winter in Greenland and in the 50s the week before we arrived which in a way played into the climate change story.

We mostly skied pretty mellow scenic lines. Even though the snow was not amazing, the guides were able to find us some fun skiing. With good snow conditions the skiing in Greenland would be amazing. The whole experience of living on the boat, the scenery and the crew made for an awesome time. I wish I could have spent more time up there but I had to cut the trip short to film Pre Olympic Promos in LA with NBC along with a bunch of other Olympic hopefuls.

The Kisaq: our home in Greenland.

The Heli ripping around a glacier as it enters the ocean.

Riding shotgun. Kare our pilot was amazing!

View from the top of one of the lines.

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Off the Slopes: New Rodeling Video!

This video is a collaboration of short clips taken throughout the winter put together by Audi. I stayed in one of the most amazing hotel rooms in Oberjoch, Germany at the Hotel Lanig and thought the room was really cool, so I captured some of the footage with my Gopro camera. The rodeling took place with some friends in Patsch when I had a couple days off before World Champs. The skiing segments are from all over… Enjoy!

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Park City Welcome Home Day

This past Saturday, Park City Mountain Resort hosted a welcome home party for me. It was a very humbling experience and all my friends and family came to watch along with the ski fans in the town. It started with a parade of flags down the main run at the mountain with a bunch of the kids and coaches on the Park City ski team. After the parade there were some speakers including the legendary Stein Eriksen, the mayor of Park City, myself and my Mom and Dad. They also put together a great/funny video from a lot of my competitors wishing me a congratulations on the season that I was surprised to watch (you can see it below!). I am so proud to have been fortunate enough to be raised in such an amazing town and to have the continued support from it throughout my career. I want to thank Park City Mountain Resort for having the event, I will never forget it.

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Finals Week in Lenzerheide, Switzerland

Finals this year were held in Lenzerheide, Switzerland a couple weeks ago. It was an awesome finish to the whirlwind of a season at another amazing ski town. The weather in the beginning of the week was foggy and windy so the speed events were canceled, which was a bummer since that is a great hill for me in speed and home to my best WC DH finish (4th place). I clinched the GS title in Kranjska Gora the weekend prior going into finals, but still wanted to win the final race to cement my 4th GS title. It was awesome to end the season on such a high note. Ironically, the final GS race results were me, Hirscher, Pinturault and that was also the final standings for the GS title. I ended the season 3rd in the Overall; my best Overall ranking.

Luckily my parents were there for the week to celebrate the end of the season with me!

Overall podium; congrats again to Hirscher for an amazing season. It was awesome, motivating, frustrating and inspiring to watch him race this season. He is an admirable and fierce competitor pushing the boundaries of ski racing.

Thanks for all the support this season, I couldn’t have done it without you! It means more than you know to have positive fans, family, friends and coaches which I am fortunate to have in my career. After taking a couple weeks off the season will start up again in full force and I am already pumped and looking forward to doing it all over again many many many more seasons to come.

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