Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Blissful Wanaka

I have just returned home from what was a fantastic five-week training camp in New Zealand. A long stint, but very effective. Definitely made up for the lack of snow in Australia this season!

We spent the last two weeks of the camp training on a professionally built ski cross course in Cardrona. Like last year, World Cup border cross builder Anders Forsell from Norway came out to NZ to work his magic. The course was definitely a challenge; a technical start section, large berms, fast sections, intimidating jumps.... the perfect training for Sochi one could say! 

Border Cross and Ski Cross National Teams from Switzerland, Germany, Canada, USA, New Zealand and Australia all came together for the training camp.

Staying in the beautiful lakeside town of Wanaka, there is always plenty to do...

Here's a snapshot...

Best thing to do on a sunny day - A leisurely game of Frolf (frisby-golf)

Best thing to do on a rainy day - A visit to Puzzling World

Feeling game? - Wakeboarding on the lake (water temp is currently around 8 degrees C)

Want an adrenaline rush? - Paintball

Best Cafe - Kai Whakapai & Benny Bright's cafe at the base of Cardrona

Best Steak - Trout

Best Pizza - Francesca's

As usual, pictures speak louder than words...

Start section.


Roller pack.

Racing head to head with Anton Grimus.

A snapshot on the course.

Lake Wanaka at sunset.


Getting ready for some paintball action: Team USA V the World.

Team recovery session in the lake.

Wakeboarding on Lake Wanaka.

Puzzling World.

Thanks for dinner Anton! Anton's catch of the day... a 3kg freshwater trout from Lake Hawea.

Lastly, here is the latest video edit... Spring Camp Adventures - Part 2. Enjoy!

Spring Camp Adventures - Part 2 - Katya Crema
from Katya Crema on Vimeo.