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Four weeks in Chile is a long time! But when the training is amazing it’s definitely worth it. I flew back to Salt Lake City yesterday after two weeks in Portillo followed up with a couple weeks in La Parva. Although it’s been an unusual winter down South, there was just enough snow for epic training the entire camp.

After skiing speed for two weeks in Portillo, I was hoping to head down to Ushuaia, ARG, to join the Combi boys for a couple weeks of mainly GS skiing down there. Alas it was not meant to be as conditions were horrendous and our coaches made the call to scrap that plan and for me to head to La Parva to stay with the speed team. La Parva was seriously lacking in snow as well, but I ended up getting a handful of days in both Super G and GS there on basically bulletproof snow, it was awesome!

I’m now back in the Western States for some much needed recovery days. I’ll get back into the gym for a little under two weeks, the last real off snow block before the season kicks off. As of now the plan is to head over to Europe for some training leading up to the season opening GS race in Sölden, AUT. Due to the lack of snow down South and not joining the Combi guys, I’ve had less GS training than I would normally have at this time of year. That being said I feel really good on my skis, solid and strong, so we’re going to make a call after a few days of training in Europe as to whether or not I’ll race Sölden. I have a pretty clear goal in mind, and that is to race!

September 6, 2016 - Portillo, Chile: Dustin Cook of the Canadian Alpine Ski Team in a Super-G training course.

Training in Portillo, Photo by Jonathan Selkowitz.

September 8, 2016 - Portillo, Chile: Dustin Cook of the Canadian Alpine Ski Team in a Super-G training course.

Training in Portillo, Photo by Jonathan Selkowitz.

September 7, 2016 - Portillo, Chile: Dustin Cook of the Canadian Alpine Ski Team in a Super-G training course.

Training in Portillo, Photo by Jonathan Selkowitz.

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Not much snow left, just enough for some sweet training!

Fun to be back with the boys!

Fun to be back with the boys!

Back in GS with my Combi bro Phil Brown!

Back in GS with my Combi bro Phil Brown!