After Sunday’s big U16 race on Strief, I was back on the hill helping out for the Masters night on Zoomer. To encourage club’s parents to help, the last Tuesday training (which was a make-up evening) was moved to Wednesday. Some of the kids got to forerun the slalom. I was curious how the best would fair.
It had been my first outing at the Masters since Ladies’ night at Vorlage one month ago. A few people asked about my job or health situation. I told them I didn’t know what was going on. Above freezing temperatures during the day had turned over the texture of the snow; I guess we are now official, we are in March and were skiing on a Spring Surface (i.e. Loose Granular) on the top. This didn’t take much for the racers to rut up the soft turning course. Benoit and Gary (not the Masters’ Prez, but the fast one) were duelling it out for the championship and no one is close. They were over 4 seconds ahead of the rest of the competition. On this night, Gary won out by 0.46 seconds, but Benoit still lead in the overall standings. A few racers were really pleased by the setting of the course. The Edelweiss fastest kids scored respectable runs with Tristan stripping down to his skin suit to time 4 seconds behind Gary’s fastest run. Chris was a few fractions slower with his jacket on. The boys had the 8th and 9th fastest run in the course out of the 34 Men and 40 racers overall. It’s official, based on Chris’s dad (past Masters racer) and my handicap points, they would have beaten us. They were approximately 9% off the fastest run, a few percentages below our expected scores. I guess the Masters’ motto of “the older we get, the faster we were” is loud and clear when two 14-year kids beat most of us.
As we were tearing down the course at 9pm, the texture of the snow had just changed over to Frozen Granular was the temps were dropping below freezing. It was night two-hour spent on a beautiful night outside which continued later on at the bar. Masters are returning to Edelweiss for the Finals on March 16th with a GS in the morning and Slalom in the afternoon; I hear that the temps are supposed to be around +9C this weekend. There is snow, but not that much. If all goes well, Masters will be racing on Strief in 10 days from now. Until then the Masters’ are running a Make-up race on Monday night at Fortune due to the cancellation of last Wednesday race due to too much heavy snow and a regularly scheduled race on Wednesday at Cascades, as for myself and our family, one last Saturday of skiing for Tara in her pre-comp program then off to skiing for March Break: destination still undecided.