Marcel W. Perren (text) and Benjamin Soland (photos)
The ski world is really upside down at the moment! Why? So far it has been the Belgians who have traveled to the Alps to learn to ski. But now it’s the Swiss slalom stars who are preparing for the Olympic winter in the flat country.
Last week, Swiss ski boss Tom Stauffer opened a slope for Daniel Yule (28), Luca Aerni (28), Sandro Simonet (26), Tanguy Nef (24) and Ramon Zenhäusern (29) in the ski hall of the small Flemish town of Peer ( 16,400 inhabitants). Our alpine savior Bernhard Russi (73) claps his hands enthusiastically when he hears about the «Zig-Zackers» trip to Belgium: «The slalom slope at the Olympic Games in Beijing is not really steep. That’s why training in the hall this summer makes a lot of sense. “
Brutally crisp slope
But there is a completely different reason why Yule, Zenhäusern and Co. are completely crazy about the 350 meter long indoor slope these days. Because the snow conditions and temperatures in the hall never change in contrast to the glacier, you can gain important information here to coordinate the material. “In contrast to the glacier, our trainers can also use the fire hose to spray water onto the slopes here. That’s good because in the World Cup we usually have to prove ourselves on completely icy slopes, ”explains Ramon Zenhäusern.
In Belgium, the preparation of the indoor slope does not actually save on water. “The surface is so icy that we could practice slalom here on ice skates,” says Tom Stauffer.
That is why the double meter has not yet been vaccinated
In addition to the brutally crisp Belgium slope, Doppelmeter Zenhäusern is currently thinking about the right time for the corona vaccination. “I haven’t had a syringe put in my arm yet because I’ve heard that the vaccination card for the Olympic Games in Beijing can’t be older than six months.”
Ramon is by no means the only Swiss ski athlete who has not yet received a “Corona Piks”. “About 75 percent of my team are currently vaccinated.” Our slalom team is now back in Switzerland and is currently training in Saas-Fee. Zenhäuser will also visit his doctor in Valais – for the corona vaccination.