I spent the first half of October training on the glacier at Tignes in France working on both slalom and giant slalom. I was lucky enough to spend a few days training with the French national team. This was both great training and a fantastic experience. We were on a piste closed to the public so we rode back up the hill each time in one of the bulldozer-like machines used to prepare the piste every night!
Above: Iain coaching
This of course meant no lift queues and a lot more runs in one morning than you would normally get in a day.
After Tignes, I travelled to Hintertux in Austria to do some work with Alpine Training Centre (ATC), a private team for up and coming Scottish athletes. It was a pretty rewarding experience coaching the younger guys coming through a very similar system to the one I came through. On top of that, a little bit more work helps contribute to paying the costs of my full-time ski career.
From HintertuxI travelled home for one final week in Edinburgh to rest up and get some last-minute gym and fitness work before the winter officially began.
Above: Iain at Tignes in France
I then spent another week or so in Tignes where it snowed (a lot). This meant a lot of cancelled training so lot’s of free time, to make the most of this free time I spent more time in the gym down at our base in Brides-Les-Bains and was lucky enough to be able to move into my apartment where I will spend most of my time this winter. I will be sharing the place with four other athletes in the same team as me, two from France, one from Monaco, and one from Portugal.
Above: Fabulous views in Sweden
I then spent a few more days training in Tignes before heading back to my apartment to continue unpacking all my stuff and converting the garage into a ski preparation room.
Then the most exciting bit so far, I flew up to Sweden to start a two-week block of training and racing and so far it’s been great. The first races of the season have started and hopefully I will be able to bring you more good news soon. Attached are a few photos so you can get a better idea of what I’ve been up to!