When we were back home from the Calabogie race, the light snow felt more like rain. Sunday was another race at the other extremity of the ski region; Mont Ste-Marie, the greatest vertical in Canada between Tremblant and the Rockies.
As I slept, I could heard the rain pouring outside. When I got up from a too short sleep, it was still raining in town. The morning drive wasn’t going to be easier than yesterday’s difficult drive to Calabogie. The temperature was hovering just below freezing and I had a 95km drive in front of me. The forecast called for a sharp drop in temperature during the day.
Driving to Mont Ste-Marie was a question of how fast I could drive while keeping traction. I could notice the car ahead of me slidding as when it was entering curves on the highway. The highway was partially covered with snow as we got closer to Ste-Marie.
The hill had received some fresh snow overnight instead of the wet stuff. About one year ago we were here for a Powder GS in what would be my daughter’s last race of the season. After a difficult race in slalom yesterday with a DNF, we were hoping for a better results today. Racing GS on the Outaouais trail suits my daughter’s well. A steep trail with a series of rolls and drops. The temperature at race time of the first run was -5c. After the 1st run were headed for lunch in the old Chalet des Trappeurs next to the beginner poma where we would normally eat, however all, but two tables had been removed. Live-Timing managed the coach and kids to see how they did on the first run and where they would start for the second run.
The second run would become interesting. The course was a big league course with a few blind gates behind some of the rolls. You could see some of them were concerned at inspection and looking from the top, you could see the forerunner flight off that roll next to the bnet at warp speed. Morgane had the flip for the second run start and was one of the first down. It was getting cold and the temperature was dropping fast. It was -17c during the second run in afternoon. Morgane’s run went well, however it wasn’t going to be the case for everyone. As I watched Morgane head into the finish area, I turned around to see the next girl yell and crash into the safety. If you weren’t ahead on the gate above the roll you would fly. The girl flew into the double safety net and there was a 15 minute delay to get her out. Another girl would land into the net. One of the girls took the toboggan down as the other injured her arm or shoulder. Prior to the boys, they moved a few gates to make less direct which probably made a difference as no boys crashed into the net.
Morgane took off where she left off in GS last year which was a great moral buster. Overall it was a good day for Team Edelweiss; everyone finished with fairly good personal results in a difficult and intimidating course where 40% would not finish.
Here are pictures from the first run, camera froze for the second run. Chris and Caroline were the fastest, but I wasn’t fast enough to get their pictures.
Mont Ste-Marie : January 20, 2013 – U16 GS