Today was the second day of the second weekend of racing for the regional U16 kids. After an Outaouais Powder day at Cascades for the slalom, it was time to drive the 90km west to Calabogie Peaks.
Unlike the last race at Calabogie, I had the car as they weren’t scheduling conflict and no snow on the road. Most of the kids were already at Calabogie as there was a room held by some for the U14 Speedcamp held on the previous days.
It was a cold -25c and windy. It would seem that less snow fell West of Ottawa; however there were the fresh snow made for a nice well groomed carpet at first chair.
After the two first run on the Solar chair, I noticed that the Lakeview chair was running so I headed that way as the race course was on that side of the ski area and partially under that quad. The loading area was gated off, so I waited with people I knew working on course crew. I noticed that Jeff’s face was somewhat blue, I thought it was my tinted goggles. However he had been “smurfed” by the blue dye used to mark the course he was accidentally spread in the face by someone when the hose jammed. In front of us were the ski patrol and a guy in a green Kunstadt jacket waiting to load the chair.
At the top of the chair, I turned on skiing right and descended on the trails using a different run than the guy in a green jacket. First tracks on the fresh corduroy. As I arrived at the bottom, the guy in green turned around and said “what the hell are you going here?” The guy was no other than Gary, the Masters Prez helping the patrol out and checking the runs for opening. I found out the chair wasn’t open for the public. We did check another run together before giving the green lights for the area to open to the public.
The GS was also run on the more familiar Whistlin’ Paddy trail. The trail poses some photographic positioning issues as access to the side of the course mostly done through some twig whacking and rock skipping terrain for the open course or from the more open bottom of the hill. I managed to find a good spot for the first run where I could almost the whole course, however I wouldn’t recommend it for some people that cared about their skis. There was some powder, but the base was variable.
View from the lodge from the top of the Face of Tiger/Barrett Chute pitch. Judging from the parking lot, its a popular day at the hill with blue sky and fresh snow. The ski network is spilt in half between the terrain served by the Solar Quand and the Lakeview which goes somewhat higher. The race course which starts off Barret Chute on Baileys Blvd (or Causeway) literary cut off any of the eastern slopes option from the Solar Quad. Whistlin’ Paddy and Lakeview Quad is just on the right side of the trees.
The conditions were harder in the afternoon was the fresh carpet snow was side slipped away. I scouted for a good spot next to the fence then a parent started talking to me as she saw me ski down from a difficult to negotiate spot. Turned out the parent’s son was one of the Edelweiss coaches from last year. Many minutes later, I hurried to the chair as I didn’t want to miss my daughter’s second run. As I got on the chair, the first forerunner was on the course and Morgane was one of the first to start in the second run. The fact that the chair frequently stopped, didn’t help. I ended up missing my daughters’ second run. Oh yeah, I should have known better to stop and chat.
At the end of the day, kids had double duties to tear down all the bnet. There was still extra netting up as the hill was used for the U14 Speedcamp for the prior days. Kids had to cycle a few times.
Calabogie Peaks ON : February 10, 2013 – U16 GS