The Ivarsson family uses their Polar 730 in a special way. It features pull-out ski storage and a ski boot dryer. There are also storage areas for helmets, back protectors and other equipment. It’s needed if all the gear and the whole family is going to fit.
“Jesper is fifth in one of the major slalom-cups right now, and there are competitions every other weekend,” says dad Bertil. “We always park the caravan near the slalom slope. This lets us get out and examine the surface and temperature ourselves. For us this is perfect; it gives us better awareness than the competition.”
Jesper is 14 years old and slalom skiing is his main interest. He skis both giant slalom and super-G. The dream is of course the national team, and this makes the number of hours on the slopes extremely important. The one who spends the most time on skis usually wins in the end.
“Since we got the caravan, I’ve doubled my skiing hours,” he says. Last year I spent almost 1000 hours on skis. That’s good, but overall you have to reach that magical 10,000-hour mark to be really good.”
The caravan is like a tailor-made competition home. The pull-out ski box is clad in rubber, which the family has installed themselves to protect the steel edges of their skis. There is also a custom-built waxing table. The TV is on a wall mount and connected to a hard drive, where the family stores high-resolution video from each training session and competition. In the evenings, they analyse the technical details and times for different parts of the slope. Where was it fastest? How were mistakes made? What can be done better?
“We often need to follow events at other locations in real time, so the Internet connection has to be perfect.” Jesper also does his homework through app-controlled homework assistance, and often via video connections with the teachers at his secondary schoolin Stockholm. Most of it can be done with a good connection. Inside the caravan there is naturally a shoe and ski boot dryer, so each session starts out with dry, warm feet. A must is avoiding colds – the fear of every winter sportsman.
When we leave Bertil and Jesper, mom Anne-Marie walks up in slalom boots. There will now be a joint analysis of the tactics for tomorrow. Because tomorrow is the day. There’s a new contest and Jesper has a bronze medal from last year to defend.