After waking up at 6:00 am we ate pancakes and departed to go crust skiing. It took a while to arrive at the meadows in which we were crust Skiing at, but once we arrived it was very windy. I was super stoked to go skiing off trail. I threw my skis on before I could go to the base of the large hill. As soon as I got my skis on I grinded to catch up with everyone. The skiing was sketchy because there were holes in the ground and I have never nordic skied on unleveled ground (Coaches note: these were "sun cups" the sun melts and causes divots in the snow - when they're small they aren't a big deal, once they get big (these were 10-20 inches deep) it becomes pretty much impossible to ski on...). When we turned a corner I saw a giant hole in the ground I went to take a look. What I saw was super cool. Running water had made a tunnel and once the weather warmed the snow became heavier and the tunnel collapsed. What I was looking at was the remains of this occurrence. I decided the ruins of the tunnel was a good spot to do ski tricks. I went to the opposite side that I was looking from to get a good running start to complete my line. I hit a drop and turned right and jumped a crack and almost crashed into the stream. I did the same line twice then decided to see what other lines I could hit before we leave. I ski up to Ted and listen to what he and Kade were talking about. They pointed another line that had two decent sized humps. I bolted down and hit the line they pointed out to me. I was going fast. I hit the first jump I see a rock so I turn to my left mid air and run into a snowbank and I break my right ski. I then walked back to the van with Aliya. Although I broke a ski I had a good time while it lasted.
The shortened crust ski of the morning left us all anxious for something more to do that afternoon. And with upwards of 4 hours of downtime ahead of us, we quickly got bored. Aliya suggested that we go thrift shopping (something we had talked about doing earlier that week) and everyone jumped on the idea with zest. We perused the thrift shops clothing section for a solid half hour, looking mainly for Hawaiian shirts to ski in the next day. I happened to find a long sleeved silk shirt and a 79 cent gold chain. As we exited the store Wilson mentioned that he had a surprise adventure for us. On the drive back to the house our curiosity strengthened when he said to bring cold weather gear but that we didn't need running shoes. Appropriately equipped, we set off. When the van reached the Sugar Bowl Academy's parking lot, we got out and began to hike up a large rock outcrop towards an ominous looking train tunnel. I expected that we would turn around when we reached it but to my surprise, Wilson continued walking, heading into the tunnel. It was amazing to see the intricacies of its construction along with the incredible graffiti that masked most of it. About 20 minutes in, the darkness got to the point where we needed lights to see protruding rocks and the snowmelt covering the floor. Every once in a while someone (Jackson and Collin) would jump out from a hole in the wall and thoroughly scare everyone else, adding to the edge that comes from walking in an abandoned train tunnel. Upon returning to the van, the conversations about the walk continued all the way into the next day.
Today started when Wilson released Eddy into everyone's room to wake us up (Jackson Daniels was particularly happy when Eddy sneezed in his face). We then ate sausage and pineapple from a pineapple platter that looked like it could be featured on Edible Creations all cooked and prepared by Wilson. For the second time this training camp, the team classic skied on the trails at Auburn Ski Club. We did a distance ski with 20 speeds throughout our workout. The conditions were not as spectacular as the previous days because it was raining and hailing but the Hawaiian shirts worn by all eleven of us made up for it.
(Coaches Update - while the weather wasn't as good as the previous days, it was actually killer classic skiing on swix universal klister. Given the warm temps and rain it was spectacular!)
Today we went for a run on the trails behind the North Tahoe High School. They were killer trails that were way wide so it was really easy to run as a group with both the Auburn Ski Club and the Boulder Nordic Ski Team. I managed to find my way up to the top of the trails. Resting right above the trails rests a bench with a picture perfect view of Lake Tahoe. Right as I sat down the sun split the clouds like a ski through powder. Nothing beats a view of lake Tahoe like that.