Chile Summer Camp: 30th July - 28th Aug
Time & Location
About The Event
FIS Camp- 20th July to 26th August Non FIS Group- 30th July to 26th August
Despite being in the Southern Hemisphere therefore benefiting from real winter snow and long days on the skis, the travel time to Chile is really easy with a direct flight and much less jet lag than other resorts due to only a 4/5 hour time difference.
El Colorado is an amazing high altitude training base (helps create a great level of fitness) with the option to set gates over 30 lanes on 20 different pistes with differing terrain. Last year we were able to capitalise on amazing weather conditions (one day of the whole camp had flat light the rest was bluebird) and the real winter snow and cold conditions means we can ski all day long. Fitness is generally low intensity because of the huge volume of skiing at altitude (although last year we stayed at a place with a swimming pool!).
Location- El Colorado, Chile
Situated just an hour and a half drive up from Santiago airport, El Colorado offers amazing winter snow and a big variety of training pistes. It is really well set up for race training and gives us the option to ski long sessions in the gates and ski all day. With quiet pistes and lots of space to train we can set courses however we wish and have plenty of free skiing options to ski fast and do fun drills.
Accommodation and meals
We will be staying in El Colorado in apartments just a short walk from the lifts and pistes meaning we don’t waste any time traveling each day. The exact apartments are yet to be confirmed as I am looking at some different options depending on numbers of racers.
Meals will either be taken in the main lodge at the bottom of the lift or we may choose to get a chef in to cook in the apartments.
The camp will be run by Dougie Crawford and Jack Evans.
Dougie raced to World Cup level for Great Britain and has been coaching the CDC team for the last 4 years. He brings a detailed technical eye and a huge passion for skiing and ski racing.
Jack coached on the Chile camp last year- also an ex racer on the British Ski Team has a vast coaching and instructing experience working with Whistler Ski Club, coaching a group of U16s- two of whom made World Cup. He now also runs a ski school in Val D’Isere. He also works as a personal trainer and has made an abundance of ski performance fitness videos. Dougie ran the Chile camp with Jack last year and we 100% trust his amazing positive coaching style and strong technical eye.
OFF snow activities
Due to the high altitude we will plan to come down the hill to Santiago on some of the days off which has an abundance of activities, restaurants and shopping - including an endless wave, chilean markets, go karting, high ropes etc. We will also plan a mid camp break at the beach for two days- doing some surfing, tourist bits and relaxing!
Accompaniment on the Non FIS group flights is by Douglas Crawford booking ref- JU3KJH
British Airways direct flight. Athletes obviously need two bags - one for skis, one for kit - premium economy includes 2 bags. On the way out this is expensive so best to book Standard Economy and add an extra bag (£60). The return premium economy is really reasonable and includes both bags.
30th July London Heathrow 22.00 to Santiago SCL 07.35 31st July Flight BA0251
25th August Santiago 14.45 to London Heathrow 10.05 26th August Flight BA0250
For FIS group
FIS - Races 25th, 26th two GS, 29th, 30th two SL all where we are based. Currently no other British athletes have shown interest in these races so we should have spots. There will also hopefully be GB run races (run by Evolution), requested for the week 12th - 15th August, which will have GB unlimited quotas and we will all be able to race. All the above are local to our Chilean base in El Colorado
Non FIS - we have an excellent opportunity to end our camp and put all the technical and tactical developments to test in a local Chilean slalom race on our last day!
The cost of the camp is planned at £1800 per week for the main programme. The full programme 30th July to 26th August is £6570. The first 10 days of FIS programme the costs are a bit higher as it is school holidays in Chile and accommodation is 30-40% more expensive! The FIS part will cost £2780. These prices include accommodation, meals, lift pass, coaching, transport in Chile. Race entries and extra activities are not included.
If I manage to work things out with accommodation and numbers work out for apartments I will be able to reduce the cost!