The prospect of going downhill has Robbie Dixon excited.
The Canadian alpine ski team veteran has been given medical clearance to return to snow after missing six months with a concussion. He is expected to make a few gentle runs on the glacier at Blackcomb Mountain at Whistler, B.C., on Thursday.
"I'm stoked about it," Dixon, who was born in North Vancouver, B.C., said in a release Wednesday. "Hopefully I will still remember how to ski."
The 26-year-old missed the last half of the 2010-11 World Cup season after suffering a concussion in a crash at a race in Bormio, Italy, in December.
He received medical clearance to return to full training in May.
"I've been able to do all the dry land workouts with the team," Dixon said. "I've been completely symptom-free. My head feels 100 per cent and my body feels 100 per cent."
At the time of the crash, Dixon hoped to return before the end of the season. But lingering concussion symptoms forced him to be patient on the road to recovery.
"I'm really excited about getting back on snow," he said. "It's been a long time so it's about bringing it back to basics and getting my feet back in boots."
Dixon hopes to join the rest of the Canadian speed team in a summer training camp in Zebra, Switzerland, later this month.
Also expected at the camp are John Kucera of Calgary and Louis-Pierre Helie of Berthierville, Que.
Kucera, the 2009 world downhill champion, re-injured his left tibia in February forerunning at a race in Colorado. That's the same leg he originally fractured in November 2009 after a crash at Lake Louise, Alta.
Helie hurt his leg in Bormio in December 2010.
Not expected in Switzerland is Manuel Osborne-Paradis who tore up his knee and broke his fiba in a fall at a downhill race in Chamonix, France, in January.