Serwa inside

Ski cross star Kelsey Serwa, one of Canada’s best medal hopes for the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games, made a successful return to snow in late September in the unusual surroundings of an indoor ski facility in the Netherlands.

The 24-year-old former world and X Games champion from Kelowna, B.C., is on the comeback trail following knee surgery. Thanks to an innovative ‘return to snow’ program, she travelled to Europe to strap on her skis at SnowWorld, the world’s largest indoor ski area.

“We wanted somewhere that had consistent snow conditions and where we weren’t dealing with weather causing forced days off, because it’s really important we get our days in,” said Serwa from Landgraaf. “It was (coach) Willy Raine’s idea to use an indoor facility. There are about 10 or 11 in Europe but this one had the most square-footage of snow. It’s an amazing facility and it has a top-notch gym in the same building.

“My knee felt normal. I was probably a little rusty, just in terms of balance, but it only takes a few runs to get it back. The hill is not a very steep grade, which is also good for me returning to snow. I think it’s great – it’s perfect for what I need at this time.”

Serwa, the 2011 wo