This post is dedicated to parents with kids in ski racing.
Even if Morgane was out for commission for the remainder of the season, I was still at the hill helping out. This was the last weekend of racing for the K1 (11-12) and K2 (13-14) kids. Steepmomo was missing the Outaouais Ski Zone Championship weekend. The K2 kids were going a GS at Calabogie on Saturday and finished off with a slalom on Strief on Sunday
So instead of skiing at Calabogie, I was setting up the Bnetting, checking out the timing and getting stuff ready. This was the first race of the season on Strief. Most parents were elsewhere due to the other race or other. I managed to ski about 9 runs without poles and probably carrying nets or other stuff. At least we didn’t freeze putting the net up as it was +3c.
Early start on Sunday morning, I got picked up by the prez of the club that was also working the race. Steepmomo and the rest of the family was probably going to come to the hill later. 7am is a bit early when you can’t ski.
Rushing at the start with the timing wire. Boxes with gates added been brought to the start area. Trying our best to get everything going. Race is about ready to go until there is no signal through the timing wire. Lucky one volunteer on the course crew happened to be an electrician.
The course on Strief was hard and ugly. Rots were forming. Course crew had a made time making turns as they were stuck in the line up for the lift. Like the prez mentioned, everything that could go wrong did and then the power went off at around 10am.
No electricity at the mountain and across the Valley. The public and some racers were stuck in the lift. Lucky it was only 0c, I can only imagine if this would have happened during January deep freeze. The race was in the middle of the girls’ first run. What were we to do? The rest of the girl ran on the battery operated Timing. I skied down trying to find out more about the situation. The mountain was emptying the lift with the generator then closing down and no one knew how long the outage would be. A decision was made to have the girls complete their first run and then call the race. Boys at the top would help tear down the course and bring down the netting. I was stuck at the bottom so I started climbing by up the hill.
When I got to the top, everything was pretty much cleaned up. Patrol was waiting to shutdown the hill. As I skied down I saw my family had just arrived at the finish area. I gave a ride to Morgane who was on crutches to the lodge. Tara and Caro were climbing part of Strief. I climbed back up a bit and gave a lift to Tara also, she enjoyed it.
Medals were only awarded for the Girl one run performance. Inside, we tried to put everything away in the race room. Missing radio or extra batteries. Hard to see when there is no lights and no windows. A few hours later we were pretty much all done then the power went back on at around 2pm. The hill was deserted as a few customer showed up. What a day!
Like my daughter ski racing season, today ends the season on a sour note. A few parents we leaving on Spring Break, I had just canceled my days off as we weren’t going anywhere this March.