From the highly anticipated El Niño to the celebration of Purg’s 50th anniversary, the Purgatory Ski Team (PST) is revving up for an epic season. The team, under new guidance by Stacy Falk, a former ski racer herself who was hired as the alpine program director in August, has been busy recruiting members and hiring new coaches.
But for some PST athletes, the season has already begun. Those who qualified for the Rocky Mountain Division Team last season, Isabelle Washburn, Wiley Corra and Nicholas Unkovskoy, will be representing Durango this weekend at the Olympic Training Center (OTC) in Colorado Springs. The skiers will participate in a dryland camp hosted by the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) for ages 12-15. The camp will focus on basic strength and conditioning as well as sport psychology, goal setting and sports nutrition.
In addition, two more “wildcards” from the team, Abbey Shepard and Harry Lesage, were also selected to visit the training center and meet some of the athletes training there.
“This is great way to get the kids excited for the upcoming season,” says Falk. Upon return to Durango, the athletes will report back to the team about what they learned and experienced.
The Purgatory Ski Team is a nonprofit organization and partners with the Durango Winter Sports Foundation, promoting “Local kids doing great things.” For more information visit www.purgatory skiteam.org