Race season is coming for Elli Terwiel, and nothing gets her more excited about it than the early snowfall in Sun Peaks.
“I’m very excited. As the snow falls here, I’m getting so ready to get back on snow. It’s crazy. I’m super motivated to go out of the gate and just give it my all. Last year was a comeback season and it feels so nice to go into this season having my knee feel great all year,” said Terwiel.
This race season kickoff in Aspen, Colorado is crucial for the Canadian Alpine Ski Team member.
“I’m hoping to qualify for my first World Cup,” said Terwiel.
Whether she qualifies or not for the Aspen World Cup, she’ll be spending some time in Colorado competing in the entire NorAm Cup series.
Terwiel is feeling exceptionally prepared after an eventful fall training season. She completed five weeks training in New Zealand with the B.C. Men’s Team, followed by a three-week ski camp in Chile.
“It was a very fresh atmosphere. It was really fun being with younger athletes and the guys definitely pushed me, just by being young guys,” said Terwiel, chuckling.
“I had a great camp. I skied well. I feel really well prepped after that for the coming season.”
But even elite athletes deserve a break and luckily, the camp wrapped up in time for her to spend Thanksgiving with her family.
“It’s the best feeling in the world coming home after being away a lot. Especially at the end of the camp when you’ve had a good camp, you come home satisfied and ready to rest before doing it again.”
Now that the snow is back, it’s also back to work for Terwiel. With her knee injury behind her, she’s ready to aim high.
“For this season, I want to win the overall NorAm title. One of my goals is to get a World Cup spot for myself for the next year and to put myself in the best position possible to move forward after this year with positive results.”
“I’m getting myself as prepared as possible for next year and making sure that I’m in the best possible position to go out of the gates my first race and have success.”
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