From Emily's Perspective:
My name is Emily Siegel. I am a freshman on the team this year. I come from a small town in the west called Sun Valley in Idaho and raced for the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation since I was in the 2nd grade.
Skiing up the hill at Foret
Last week we went up to Foret ("4A") near Quebec to ski on snow for the first time this year. At the venue, there is a 2.5 km trail made up of snow that they have stored underneath wood chips all summer long from last year. Considering the lack of snow on the ground when we got there on Saturday, they had a fantastic trail open and no bare spots on the 2.5 km course. Most of the other teams we race against throughout the year were also training there last week. The other teams that showed up and we raced against were Middlebury, Bates, Colby, UVM and Bowdoin. I was super excited because it was a chance to see friends we haven’t seen in awhile from other teams. Most of the days we would wake up at 6:45am to go for a walk/ run to wake up our bodies. We would then get in the car and drive the 40 minutes to the trail head. We would normally ski for 2 hours in the morning, then break for lunch, and go out again in the afternoon. We also got to do many different things when we weren’t skiing. We did a strength workout where Dana and Lucy were so strong that they broke the medicine ball.
Our house on the hill (Photo: Dana)
We also got to spend a night in Quebec where we played laser tag. We were put into three teams and then were given 20 minutes to go around and shoot one another with lasers. It was a lot of fun and lots of running around (I think Ethan and Liz were trying to sneak in a third workout of the day)! The winner of the laser tag was Erin "Evin"!
The next day was Thanksgiving and we got to go skiing in the morning for two hours then away we went, back down the hill to the house, to start cooking the food. While a lot of us were cooking the food, some of the boys decided to join a pickup game that the Middlebury and Bates team started, in order for them to be more American while in Canada.
Thanksgiving meal! Yum! (Photos: Dana)
Thanksgiving Meal all spread out and ready to devour! (Photo: Dana)
Dani '20 and Emily '20 (Me!) in the kitchen! (Photo: Dana)
We skied again on Friday in the morning and went home in the afternoon to rest again before the time trial.
Dustin '19 smiling his way through a workout (Photo: Dana)
Foret was beautiful! (Photo: Dana)
Jackie '20 cruising around the loop (Photo: Dana)
Ryan '20 GoPro on head (Photo: Dana)
At the end of the week on Saturday, we did two laps of the 2.5 km loop and the boys did 3 laps of the loop for a time trial against all the other teams that were there. Both our girls and guys team looked really strong and it was fun to get a bib on before we actually start racing come December 17th. We went home, back to school, that night after the time trial. It is nice to be back on campus but it made me really excited for all the races and more opportunity we have to ski coming up.