In The Lodge With ... Melanie
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  12/31/2008
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Dec. 31, 2008

Melanie Zemp is a senior Nordic skier. She is a three-time NCAA qualifier from Entlebuch, Switzerland. Melanie gives an update on the Nordic squad's training during the past month.

The Nordic Report: The season is on!

The closer Thanksgiving is, the more excited the Nordic team gets! This is the time when we travel to West Yellowstone, Montana. There we start the season with the first NorAm Super Tour races and stay for another week of training. Everybody is excited to finally exchange the rollerskis with the cross-country skis, training and racing on snow.

All throughout November we enjoyed nice temperatures in Albuquerque for our pre-season time trials, some of which we did in shorts and T-shirts! But as soon as the coaches found out that there is snow in Colorado, we went to Crested Butte for a weekend of skiing. These early skiing training sessions are always beneficial for the first races. Even though the 2-day drive all the way up to Montana takes its toll, it is a good opportunity for each athlete to find out where one stands and which areas need improvement before the college season starts in the begin of January. It looks like we are on a good track so far!

The last couple of years we were always lucky that it started to snow when "Team New Mexico" arrived in West Yellowstone. But this year it seems like our patience got tested. Few of us have never seen so little snow at this time of the year in West Yellowstone. The races took place on forest roads about 20 minutes from town, for which the organizers had a permit in order to set tracks. Now that these events are over, we do not know for how long we are actually allowed to ski on them. Right now it also does not look like that the temperatures would fall and with them more snow. This means that most likely we will have to change our plans and find out where we can ski.

Once we get back to Albuquerque, there is only one week of school left before the final exam week. This means that we will have to catch up with studying. After we will have completed another semester, some of us fly home over Christmas break, while others go to Durango for another training camp. Hopefully there will be lots of snow... you will find out in the next blog!

- Melanie