Catching up on some missing posts from this season, especially that I’m not skiing a few times a week now. Like the season series for the Ottawa Masters, I’ll try to post the remaining missing Masters TR on the following Wednesday nights.
This was the first GS of the season at Edelweiss. Snow started accumulating in town in the early afternoon, just in time for a fresh velvet across the hill. The temperature was -13c when I turned into the parking lot.
As a recap, after having lost a beer the previous week at Cascades, I still had a 3-1 edge in my season’s beer bets. The course was set like a parallel course with no delays, not what we normally get for GS course. I personally wasn’t a fan, but that didn’t bother Ron who was almost 1 second faster per run over Ben. Some of the racer either used their slalom skis or wish they had. As for myself, I edge out my rival by one position and won my beer. Season score: 4-1.
Although the snow and conditions were great, it was getting colder and it was humid. I went inside to collect my beer, unfortunately as I walked in, I noticed there was an end of game brawl between the Bruins and the Canadiens.
The NHL is really trying to compete with the WWE, however this type of stuff really make me turn off the TV and the Game. One more reasons why the NHL is losing viewers like me. Hockey score: Boston 8-6 and 187 penalty minutes. The worst was going to come with Pacioretty being injured on an illegal hit the next time these two teams would meet. Everyone saw it coming. All started with a push at the end of the game in January. MaxPac was a target at tonight’s game, ultimately injured at the next. Lucky he only suffered a severe concussion and a non-displaced fractured fourth cervical vertebra in his neck, it could have been much worst. Bruins’ captain didn’t get a suspension, “it was a hockey play” the league president said. Funny, the league is losing players including it’s star player, but they refuse to serious address the problem. Before some Boston fan gets on my case, yes, I was disgusted when Matt Cooke wasn’t suspended for his hit on Marc Savard. It’s not us against them, when it is going to stop? It is going to take someone to die? I’ll spare you the comments from the Montreal media. Here is a post from Boston, Zdeno Chara hit on Max Pacioretty difficult to defend. Pac hasn’t played or practice since. A great 1st round prospect, started his season in the American League out indefinitely.
The league isn’t serious. Again during the playoffs, illegal or questionable hits. Again on Sunday, as I type this TR two months later, involving two US based teams. No suspension.
“We lost a player for the rest of the game. That’s the kind of hit the league has been talking about is dangerous. They better seriously consider looking at that one. It’s unbelievable.”
The league is becoming more a blood sport (and I remember seventies hockey) similar to another seventies favourite like Roller-Derby. I guess that is what sells or is perceive to sell. Too bad if some players have their careers put on the line. This is why many Canadians know choose another sport for their kids winter activities.
Back to the evening at Edelweiss. As I left, it was -19c and I had to use the scrapper to clear the “inside” of my car window.
Here is the Prez summary:
Edelweiss hosted the next GS and it was another great success. 40 Racers and really great weather. It started off at a balmy -8 but the time we punched in the third race I think it was down to about -35. Renee was there with camera in hand and posted some great shots on the Facebook, so have a look.
Someone visiting from Zoneski also posted a TR in which I somewhat disagreements on his rosy vision of this MSSI ski area and powder above the ski boots evening.
Ah yes, as the prez mentioned, thanks for Renée for braving the cold and showing up at the mountain even if she couldn’t ski due to an injury and taking pictures.
Comments and pictures are her own. Thanks Renée.
A new thing this season was the Yellow Bib. The Yellow Bibs are worn by the leading Men and Women for World Cup Points as well as the leading skier for most improved skier (Beer Points Award). Here is the Eric and the Prez wearing the Yellow. The Prez didn’t have a bid at the start and Ron’s (the real leader) was on the ground. I gave it to him to see if he would go faster. Not sure if it worked. Ron still won by a huge margin.