Coach Adam Elliot took seven Telemark cross-country skiers — David Walker, Gareth Williams, Tallon Noble, Cole Turner, Tristan Lee and Grayson McKinnon — to the Haig glacier in Alberta this week.
They are taking part in the B.C. Ski Team’s glacier camp. Athletes left July 20 for training at Canmore Nordic Centre.
The athletes hike the gruelling 18 kilometres up to the Beckie Scott High Performance Centre at the glacier, while their gear and skis are helicoptered to them.
The team rises early to ski daily since the best conditions happen before it warms up. The afternoons are spent hiking and exploring the nearby mountain peaks, doing core strength training, meeting with coaches, napping and, for the very brave, ice-water immersion baths in the numerous glacier-fed creeks.
Being able to get on snow allows them to refine technique, build a training volume and get the benefits of high-altitude training.
Once back from the glacier, the athletes will resume training in Kelowna with the rest of the team.