Like the Winter, I’ve been sick since the last ski day last Wednesday. The thaw and a bad cold hit at the same time. Morgane and I had missed school and work plus skipped the skiing at Edelweiss last weekend with had the race team’s potluck where only my wife and youngest daughter, Tara went. Rain was also falling on Sunday. Snowdepths in town have been divided by two in the last week. There was some concern by some that maybe they wasn’t going to be enough soon.
I was informed that snowdepth on Zoomer was thin, but the race was on. It might not be pretty, but they will set according to the snow. Edelweiss lost a lot of snow in the last few days, this was confirmed by Jonathan and Ken which were at the hill the previous evening. The call was that they might not have enough depth in snow to set from one side of the hill to the next, so the course might possibly look more like a Glalom, instead of a normal GS.
I was at the hill early as I left directly from training in Hull. I brought my ski boots inside the class as temps were falling. Meet fellow Master racer Benoit at the School in Hull and I gave him headups on the conditions.
After the first two races at Fortune, the tour was stopping at Edelweiss this Wednesday evening. Being the host club, I was asked if I could give a hand on course crew. Never arrived so early at a race before, it helps when you leave straight from Hull. The only racer that was there before me was Peter. I headed out without eating supper as they had just started setting the course.
The course was less Glalomed than I expected (mixed of a GS that looks like a slalom or vice-versa). Tourists were narrowly missing me as I was setting the flags on the gates: we needed to get half of Zoomer roped off too.
There was a good turnout tonight and the race was going well, conditions were nice and fun to carve. Zoomer’s thin cover became an issue in the middle of the first run. My first knowledge of it was seeing Ben at the bottom and being pissed to hit a rock on the course. It wasn’t much of a rock, but more a rock slab 5 feet across in the setup of one turn in the pitch. Everyone was hitting it and you could see the sparks from the lift. At the top, there was a strong request to move those gates. Master’s prez was thinking of turning it into a 2 run race instead of 3 as it was getting late. Two gates were reset to change the path without an inspection and we were set for the 2nd run. We managed 3 runs, before everyone headed into the bar.
Zoomer definitely has snowdepth issues, not sure if it’s because not much snow was made at the pitch as the hill was opened due to the high amount of natural snow received. However natural snow isn’t as hard melts faster. Hoping we get some snow or that Edelweiss makes or moves some snow around. There is a ton of snow next to Zoomer on the Snowpark.
New Career for MadPat?
A downer on this evening, I took the lift with a fellow racer and colleague from work, I questioned him about the atmosphere at work as I had been done on training for a few days. I was aware that they were some changes happening and an announcement was going to happen this week. He informed me that I had a meeting with the director the next morning…looking at his face, I could see he wasn’t joking. Yep, a few of us including Steve and I positions were flagged as being affected to a cut in our division. Great…if anyone knows or has any ideas on a career change for a skiers geographer and historian, send me a message at madpatskiAThotmailDOTcom.