The camp started twelve days ago with some of the best powder riding, a great start to start the season. This was beneficial for the athletes to get back on their snow and feel their boards under their feet. After three days of freeriding the course was ready to start training, perfect timing!
The Powder King course has always been important to the athletes progression as it is built by World Cup shaper Jeff Axie, the same builder for the opening World Cup in Telluride, CO, USA. To train at a similar course and get up to race speed in a training block has been key for finishing off board testing and the fine tuning of skills prior to the World Cup season starting.
AIS athlete Alex “Chumpy” Pullin has been strong through the camp, posting consistent times over the 50 sec course and most importantly in the start section, which is crucial in Telluride. Chumpy has trained hard and is feeling strong for another World Cup Season.
NSWIS athlete Cam Bolton joined the AIS program for this camp which has made huge step for him. Having a training partner like Chumpy pushed Cam every day during the the camp. Cam is now riding strongly and posting some fast times and will also start in the opening World Cup event in Telluride.
Click here to see vision of Chumpy and Cam training in Canada.
The first World Cup of the season in Telluride will take place on the 16th of December.
Article courtesy of AIS Snowboard Coach Ben Wordsworth