Going into this comp, I just wanted to ski aggressively and choose hard lines. On Day 1, I got a little wily after my first air and had to adjust my line and so it wasn’t as hard as I hoped. I ended up tied for 6th going into Day 2 on the Buttress at Alpine Meadows.
A few of us inspected the venue on Saturday and found it to be quite rocky up top. I chose an entrance that would definitely require a lot of jump turns and “billygoating” – not really known to be my strength, but it would look cool if I made it through. Well… on my first turn into the thing, I clipped a rock and went tumbling. Then my slough came and buried me! I tumbled over a few rocks, but luckily I was unhurt. I’m sure it looked scary from below. I got up as fast as I could and started skiing, but the adrenaline was uncontrollable and I fell a few more times. AHH! Nightmare run. Trying to redeem myself, I took and stomped a 20 foot air at the bottom of the venue. And skied through the finish line covered in snow. I have GoPro footage, but snow is covering the lens…so it is not really worthy of watching.
Here is a highlight video of the comp. Look for me at 2:12 with blue jacket and yellow pants:
Well, I learned a lot.
1) I am not a smart competitor in these big mountain comps. I want to ski something hard and if I crash… oh well.
2) I need to work on telemark jump turns.
3) I can land most airs, but need to work on speed control.
Hopefully I can get all these things dialed by next year. Thanks to everyone who came out and watched and tried to cheer me up afterwards!
Here is a photo of the final air that my friend Jenay took.