Gould Athletes at Summer Alpine Training Camp in the Alps
Summer Alpine Training Camp
Gould skiers are training in the French Alps at Les 2 Alpes this June as preparation for next year’s season begins. Led by Gould coaches Rogan Connell and Parker Gray, Gap Year Program athletes are going back to basics and building foundations for success. Connell and Gray, former Bates and US Ski Team coaches respectively, are using their experience to build progressions with the athletes that will come to fruition next winter and beyond. The training has been excellent and the athletes have had the opportunity to transfer their skill acquisition into Slalom and Giant Slalom courses.
The Gray/Connell combo has been great! They have been able to work together to find the best way to portray ideas via drills, skill development and video review. Things have been challenging on and off the hill. We are not on vacation.
Andrew Gray ’18, Gould Gap Program Athlete
A Typical Day at Les 2 Alps
On a typical day, athletes wake up at six and on the mountain by 7:30 for a morning of training. As temperatures rise and the snow becomes soft, the athletes and coaches come down to the village for a lunch break before afternoon dryland training. Dinner and video review is the evening routine before resting up to do it all again the next day.
This two-week training camp begins the preparation period that will transition into strength training and other on-snow training camps in Chile and Austria in the Fall. The Gould Kailey Competition Center at Sunday River will be their base camp for the upcoming season. It doesn’t get any better than that!