Eleven days since my last ski outing; a big gap for me in the middle of winter. Conditions were as good as they could get here in February, but I had other things on my mind. Although I have two kids in the race program on weekends, I skipped last weekend due to something called a “Serlo”. It’s the process in which affected government employees have to go through in order to compete to keep their job, a job. My job is gone, so I might be bumping a colleague if I survive this. Pretty sucky process if you ask me. The Serlo document was due last Monday, so I skipped working on the Edelweiss Masters’ Wednesday race as well as the weekend.
The East has been having a good stretch in storms, but I’ve been stuck locally with everything that has been happening between work and kids ski racing. I don’t mind staying for the kids, but it’s another matter for work. I was reading from some of my FB friends skiing or heading to really deep places like Sutton, Jay Peak, Stowe, Mt. Edouard (125cm) in the Saguenay and the Chic Chocs. My top powder partner hasn’t been around for storm chasing; he’s been buried for the last few months in Terrace BC. Maybe I should just quit my job and return to storm chasing?
Okay, back to the present: Ottawa didn’t suck, we saw more snow fall this week, but the work situation had me down and stressed. Morgane left for Mt Ste-Marie on Wednesday for SpeedCamp and the Art Tommy race this weekend. I’m heading up tomorrow to see her race, I wanted to see Tara ski as my wife has generally been the one going to the hill with her on Saturdays. We’ve split parent-skiing duties this season.
We showed up at the Edelweiss for Tara’s Nancy Greene pre-comp program just in time for 9:30am start, so you could almost say we got to sleep in, compared to the earlier arrival for Morgane’s training. I ran towards the HSQ as I pushed Tara to catch up to her group as it was entering the lift corral. Temperature was a warm -1c with a few new centimetres of fresh snow with soft surfaces and gray skies.
It was a TandL demo day at the hill, I was about to choose some skis when I realized that I had forgotten my wallet in town. I was hoping my wife had hers’ as the car was running on an empty gas tank. As I gave a hand for the club someone said they thought I would be at Ste-Marie today to see Morgane’s race; told them I wanted to see her younger sister ski as next Saturday. I won’t see Tara next Saturday as Morgane is going to be race at MSM again.
After helping setting some safety netting, I skied a few runs with my wife who had been skiing with Gail. They returned to Shot Gun; the surfaces were real nice packed powder. This run arguably is the only feeling Eastern twisting classic trail at Edelweiss. Not as steep as Streif, but as fun. This is the run I skied the most today. The other runs were Strief, Easter Bowl and Zoomer. I checked out Zoomer a few times when I saw Tara heading to the NG course there. I hadn’t skied the old Atomic short 157s SL11 slalom in a while; I had forgotten that they can get away from you in sharp turns.
I noticed some older tracks between the new growth of trees on the lost Tommy Pic trail. Inside the lodge I meet a colleague who had been away on parental leave; funny how you have trouble recognizing people out of context or their regular environment. She was tubing with her family. At the end of the day, Tara and Caroline went for a few tubing runs…one of the advantages of a season pass. Day pass are only good for skiing or tubing, not both.
Today was a short 9 run day; but I was happy to ski a few runs with Caroline and see Tara ski. Hoping we have a good Spring break this year. Early wake up for the drive, ski and see Morgane’s Super Combine race at Ste-Marie tomorrow.