Recent team travels brought the KMS Alpine team to the Stubai Glacier in Austria and the KMS Freestyle team to Idre Fjäll, Sweden. The teams were joined by KMS Faculty that helped bridge the gap between teachers back stateside and students in Europe. Curious what a day feels like on a training project? Lindsey and Kate can explain what a day is like.
Idre Fjäll, Sweden
After 20 hours of traveling last Tuesday, the freestyle team finally landed in Idre Fjäll, a quiet ski town situated just east of the Norwegian border. The student-athletes were tired after a long travel day, but they were happy upon arriving to the condominiums to find that a warm buffet-style meal was waiting for them in the dining hall. The food here is great, but of course is no match to the KMS kitchen crew’s cooking!
Our days in Sweden are structured heavily: student-athletes wake up at 6:30 A.M. to go skiing for 8:00 A.M.; they go to study hall for an hour at 10:30 A.M.; lunch at 11:30 A.M.; back to skiing for two hours at 1:00 P.M.; and they then return to study hall for another hour after skiing. Days usually end with a tired, yet eager team surrounding their coaches to watch and analyze the day’s skiing on two separate televisions in Kris and Kate’s condos.
As for academics, strong wifi paired with skilled, supportive teachers has made remote learning feel natural. Groups of students have met via FaceTime to catch up with Claudia, their Spanish teacher, and others have been able to chat with Terri about upcoming Chemistry assignments through Google Hangouts. Although technology has certainly helped to bridge academics from the classroom to the mountain, it’s the students who have been a driving force in taking ownership in their learning, and that has made all of the difference.
Next Tuesday, November 19th, will be our last day in Sweden. We will be reluctant to say goodbye to the vastness and endless snowfall, but we are also looking forward to the comfort of being home in the Green Mountain State and to the start of a great ski season!