Life in the Slow Lane: Yeast-Hunting and Ski-Touring with Alice Merryweather
When U.S. Ski Teamer, Alice Merryweather, came down in 34th place at the super G in La Thuile, Italy she was rightfully pissed. The American speed specialist had just logged two impressive finishes in Crans Montana, Switzerland: 5th in the super G and 8th in the alpine combined. 34th just didn’t feel right.
“It was really disappointing not having a good day, but what was truly disappointing was that I missed the World Cup Finals by one point,” says the 23-year-old, originally hailing from the Boston Area. “But, if I’m going to miss any finals, this is the year to miss.”
As COVID-19 quickly took hold of Italy, World Cup Finals were canceled, sending the U.S. Team home on short notice. Determined to keep racing, Merryweather made plans to finish the season strong in North America—largely unaffected by the virus at that time. So she went to see her parents in Massachusetts, then continued onto Utah and began prepping for NorAm Finals in Panorama, B.C. But those races were canceled too, just like everything else in the world. So she flew back to Massachusetts again, got her car, and drove all the way back to Utah in hopes of settling in and working out at U.S. Ski & Snowboard’s Center of Excellence for a while.