Richards relishes Apex retreat

 - Mark Brett/Western News
— image credit: Mark Brett/Western News

Fresh off a third-place finish in Lake Placid, NY, Kristi Richards felt serene at Apex Mountain.

The Summerland native has been training there the last few days with a break in her schedule and has enjoyed her time.

“I love being at home,” said Richards, a two-time Olympian. “We had a nice sunny day (Tuesday). We just came from -25 weather. It was disgusting.”

The return brings back memories for Richards, who liked being in a familiar place. It also hasn’t hurt how she has been treated.

“They are running the lift just for me so it’s pretty neat to have a private lift, a private run, a private coach,” she laughed. “I feel pretty spoiled.”

The private setting gave her the perfect elixir as she focused on her routine.

“I’m really excited about this season,” said Richards, who has earned three third-place results this season. “One of my biggest goals for this season was to be more consistent. I really feel like that is coming around. I feel like I’m in a great head space in the gate every time.”

Kristi Richards of Summerland negotiates a section of the moguls course named after her at Apex Mountain Resort this week. She was home training for next week’s FIS Freestyle World Ski Championships in Deer Valley, Utah. She will be competing Wednesday.

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