Before the start of this year’s International Junior Camp in Norway, athletes from the US attended a pre-camp in Torsby, Sweden. This camp not only afforded the group an opportunity to get used to the new time zone, but also to put in some hours on real snow in the Torsby Ski Tunnel.
*Photos courtesy of Bernadette Nelson
By: Zak Ketterson and Zane Fields
The Skisenter in Torsby, Sweden is one of the most unique places we have ever trained in. There is a variety of training options all within a relatively small area of land. There is, of course, the ski tunnel, which is roughly one kilometer of groomed snow within a concrete structure. The ski tunnel is located in a complex which also has a weight room and a ski store both within the same building. Just outside the building, maybe 100M away, is a rollerski track which has about 5K of paved trails exclusively used by rollerskiers.
This layout was extremely convenient for us, as we were able to ski on snow every morning and then either do a strength workout or a rollerski. We believe that it is very beneficial for technique improvements to be able to switch from snow skiing to rollerskiing within the same day, as you are able to remind yourself what snow skiing feels like so that you can rollerski with more accurate technique.
We were both sad to leave Torsby but also very excited to see what opportunities to improve ourselves as skiers lie ahead at the International Junior Camp in Sjusjoen, Norway.
Thank you to the NNF’s donors for making experiences like these possible for skiers like ourselves.
The NNF's mission is to support athletic excellence in developing nordic athletes in the United States.
This is my first time out of the U.S. and competing at the U18 Scando Cup in Finland. This has been the best experience and I am so motivated to get to the next level. Kittos (Thanks in Finnish)- Mattie Watts