I've arrived in S-Chanf yesterday, after not just a crying baby, but a SCREAMING baby through the middle of the "night" on my overseas flight. I met up with Greg and Ken Walker (the father-son power-team), and we drove over a sweet pass, which was almost closed, to arrive in S-Chanf just in time to ski in the dark. S-Chanf is the location of the finish of the Engadin marathon, which I think may be a world loppet, but I am not positive on that. Anyway, the Engadin trails are fantastic, very well groomed and amazingly wide (and beautiful, for that matter). By that night, Carl Fey and Scott Pleban had arrived, and we were all in a really nice old farmhouse in the center of town.
Today was the model event, which is where we are allowed to train on a small portion of the map, in order to become familiar with the way the trails relate to how they are shown on the map, and other important things like that.
Tomorrow, the sprint!
More views from the window.
Typical little Swiss town on the way down to S-Chanf
A typical "control" on one of the narrow trails. Very visible, you just have to get to it!