November without snow is probably the worst time of year for training. For the past couple of years I have headed to Silver Star, BC or to Foret Moremoncey, QC for early on-snow training.
This year, because I am going to school in New Hampshire, I had a different experience. Some of my new teammates and I decided to head to West Yellowstone, Montana for the ski festival, great on-snow training, and to watch the SuperTour. Unfortunately, due to lack of snow the usual trails were not open so every day we had to travel up the mountain for snow. This means up to 7,800 ft for training. They had about of meter of snow on top and over 30km of trails. We had amazing on -snow training for eight days filled with lots of long slow skis working on technique and some intervals once we were acclimatized.
Here are a few pictures from the trip:
On the trails in Westyellowstone, Montana with my some of my new teammates (left to right): Me, Natasha Kullas, Sarah Wright and Marlijne Cook.
Me at the top of the mountain.
Sarah Wright, Marlijne Cook and Natasha Kullas skiing.
Claire Rennie (from Nakkertok) racing 10km Classic for MSU.