For those not “friends” with Dana Alexandrescu, here’s an envy-inducing
recap of masters training in Chile, posted on Facebook COMPILED BY BILL MCCOLLOM
THIS SEP TEMBER, while many masters ski racers were raking the leaves,
Dana Alexandrescu was racing down the slopes of Valle Nevado, Chile. A
native Romanian who raced on the national FIS circuit out of Mount Snow,
Vt., before heading out to Denver University, Alexandrescu once suffered a
knee injury that curtailed her racing career.
Then, she discovered masters ski racing (and a convenient position as a
software developer in the USSA office in Park City, Utah). Once Alexandrescu heard about the chance to train in Chile, she decided to go for it. For
her friends back home, she kept a photo diary on Facebook; for the rest of
us, here’s a look at what we could be doing next September.
Once you’re up, you don’t come down!
On my way to my ski vacation…Valle Nevado, Chile! Big mountains, hero
snow, killer views, gates, friends. Left Salt Lake at 3 p.m. to Dallas then Santiago arrival at 9 a.m. on Friday. Santiago airport — mountains of luggage,
meeting new people. Bags in big truck, we take shuttles all the way up 70
switchbacks…so bad that once you’re up you don’t come down. The higher
we get, the snow walls are taller. Getting out of the bus a bit dizzy… 10,000
feet…looking up and seeing — a paradise!!! Yes, I don’t care how tired I
am…I am going skiing!!! Checking in, slow process, throwing our bags in
small room, changing and getting into tight boots… sliding down to the
Poma lift…I AM SO EXCITED!!!
Our first day of freeskiing with the group.
If you’re late you’re on
your own, it’s a camp
and there are rules!
Slalom skis, hero snow,
sun, and majestic
mountains! What a girl
wants! (OK, maybe just
some girls.) Unbeliev-able…is this real? Looks
The postcard view of Valle Nevado.
like a postcard! I am sooo stocked [sic]! Pause at the summit, then ripping fast arcs on perfect snow. Where am I? Splitting into smaller groups by
abilities. I’m in Nate Schwing and Scotty Veenis’s group. Awesome coaches
who can talk the talk and rip 20 points [sic] turns.
Valle Nevado has only
three hotels in the
middle of the mountains. Our hotel, Tres
with twin beds, but
who needs more? Skiing and eating is the
important part, and the
food is amazing. We rotate between the three
— cold cuts, fruit, cereals, we also make sandwiches to go for lunch. Dinner — choose any appetizer, dish and dessert (e.g. Salmon Carpaccio, Steak,
Canolli [sic]). There’s a disco in the hotel, a wireless room to hang out and
the rugged mountains to look at. Sharing room with my good friend and
trainer Brian Frost.
Small rooms, but a big hot tub.
On the hill
Already in a routine… 7
a.m. breakfast, 9 a.m.
on skis, 12 a.m. lunch,
1 p.m. optional second
optional to me…I’m
skiing as much as I
can. Gates are always
up and ready, thanks
to our great coaches,
Skinner Bros (Bob and
Bill), Don Sears, Nate
Schwing, Scotty Veenis, and Chad Wolk. Wow, some good eyes and minds.
The author hard at work.
Nate giving feedback, Scotty demonstrating, and Chad criticizing…“Stop
squatting! Stay forward!” Is this a junior camp? Ouch! Optional dryland
at 4, and stretching at 4: 30, then we all suffer abuse at 5 in a video session.
6: 30 dinner…then wax
room. Slick skis are a
all over again.
A short line to a long and fun SG hill.
PHOTOS COUR TESY DANA ALEXANDRESCU
I could get used to
This place is breathtak-
ing. Runs with no trees,
steep hills, and hero