Super G Start, Aspen
After a great taste of summer, it was straight into race mode when we got back to Colorado. On leaving Queenstown, travelling roughly 24 hours solid and a quick afternoon free ski at Winter Park, we raced the following two days in two giant slaloms. I had a couple of good runs, unfortunately not in the same race. From Winter Park, we moved on to Aspen where teammates Willis and Nick went into speed mode with some downhill training and races (and podiumed) while I got in some great gs and super g training. The downhill races were followed up by two super g races where I picked up a couple of podium spots (3rd & 2nd) as well as getting some good point results. Nick picked up 2 golds. I was lucky enough to stay with friend Bobby Moyer while in Aspen – many thanks to Bobby and family!
Super G podium
After packing up and heading out, we are now in Eldora, (about four hours drive from Aspen) for a slalom and three GS races – interesting start list being a University race as they have seed points within FIS points. These will be our final races before heading on to Beaver Creek for the World Ski Championships!
Mt Crichton track overlooking Lake Wakatipu
Thank you to everyone for a great year in 2014 – for all your support and encouragement. It has been a busy end to the year with races finishing up in Panorama before a quick trip home for Christmas the first time in many years. I am currently enjoying the warmth of Queenstown, getting well fed and battling with the volume of pollen circulating the district, as well as getting in some strength training.
The NorAm series at Panorama were a bit of a mixed lot for me with some good runs, but also too many mistakes. The snow conditions were quite icy and with the men’s giant slalom following on after 80 women, it was quite bumpy. Day 1 GS, I bumped a ski off which was frustrating as felt I was skiing well. Day 2 GS didn’t ski quite so well and made a few mistakes but finished with a result. Unfortunately I didn’t manage to finish the slalom races.
I’ve added a few images from my last few weeks in Colorado and Canada for you to get a better picture of where I’ve been for the start of the northern hemisphere. The team and I will be heading back to Colorado to continue training and races in about a week.
Start gate – Aspen giant slalom
Lake Louise downhill course
Wishing everyone a Happy New Year and all the best for the rest of the season!
Aspen GS Course
After some good training at both Copper Mountain and Vail to kick off the season, and finally some snow, races have begun. With snow conditions in Europe not the best and World Cup races in the States, there is a large number of Europeans training and racing here, so the first at Echo Mountain (a night slalom) was a stacked field. These races were quickly followed by the first of the NorAm series, again with an incredible field of top athletes. Snow conditions were rough and icy for the giant slalom at Aspen. I started bib 57 and couldn’t quite find my rhythm on a very tiring course. Unfortunately, I didn’t complete both runs. We then travelled back to Dillon for the slalom races at Copper Mountain where the chalky snow conditions created challenging grooves and fell apart quickly. I was really pleased to have won the yellow bib from the ANC series as it meant a 31 start in a world cup field of athletes including Sweden’s Mattias Hargin on 2.8 points and ranked 4th in the World! Day one didn’t go quite as hoped with a few mistakes which cost me dearly however I had a better second run. Day two was a much better day and I had the 3rd fastest time in the second run; I was happy to finish 15th overall.
The Team. Fresh snow at Copper 26 November 2014
Just arrived in Canada for some more races with the first for me being a slalom at Norquay (6th Dec) where I took out first place. Several more races and then the NorAm circuit continues to Panorama, Canada, from Dec. 13 – 20 where there will be one super combined, two slalom, two GS, and two super G races.