In typical Redneck Racing fashion, our last trip to Norway was planned absolutely last minute. After spending 5 weeks in VT working out, I was getting really antsy to get back on snow. On October 3rd my old coach from UVM, Johnny Davidson, messaged me and told me that there was good snow in Geilo, Norway. I went on google flights and looked and there was a 213 dollar one way ticket from Boston to Oslo on October 7th, four days later. So I booked it. I messaged fellow Redneck Tucker Marshall and our "intern" for the camp, St. Mikes' Cam Furrer, and let them know how cheap it was. So they booked it too. Fast forward four days and the three of us were driving to Boston with our skis and no real plan for training but we had our super cheap plane tickets to Oslo.
We arrived in Oslo, got in our economy sized rental car and drove the 3 hours to Geilo. When we arrived in Geilo we were having a really hard time getting a hold of anyone. We drove up to the ski area and checked it out, couldn't really find anyone to talk to about training, so then we drove around for a while trying to find good deals on hotels. The cheapest hotel that showed up was actually just a hole in the ground so that was kind of a bummer. With a little more research we found a place that was actually cheaper than the hole in the ground and maybe smaller than our economy rental car. It had four beds, no running water, no sheets and no bed bugs as far as we could tell. So we were satisfied.
Johnny got us in touch with Stefan Engvoll, who works for the Norwegian Ski Federation and was in Geilo training with his brother, Morten, who's a super fast slalom skier. They were super nice and allowed us to train with them the next day. It was a little shocking at first, the snow was bulletproof and I hadn't skied in over a month. It definitely took a couple runs to get back into the swing of things but it was amazing training. Once we got past the initial struggle of having no idea what we were doing we were able to find groups to train with for the next 8 days. We got between 10 and 20 runs all 8 days.
The training in Geilo for those 8 days was amazing, but unfortunately there weren't enough people wanting to train to keep the area open the next week. Thankfully Morten and his team, Tarnaby, were training at the glacier Juvass, which was a 4 hour drive north of us. The were super nice and allowed us to train with them for four days. It was a bit softer in Juvass but the hill was longer and we had to spend way less time in the tuning room which was very very nice.
After spending four days training in Juvass it was back to Geilo for our last six days of the trip. We had six more awesome days of training before heading back to the US. I'm home for a week before heading up to Levi for the first WC slalom of the year. I can't wait to get the season started, I'm feeling fast and prepared after 18 days on snow in October, the most October days I've ever skied. -Robby