So this year I'm helping quite a bit with NASTAR setup up. The Gate bag is kicking my a$$! I'm not the strongest skier out there but ski fairly well. I think part of my problem is that I'm only 5'7" and 175# and almost 51. Been skiing 5 years. The bag "feels" as if it is about 80#, so about half of my weight is added to one side of my body. I've tried different positions (wear the bag as a sash, sling arms with bottom of bag forward, sling arms with bottom of bag back). So far sling arms with bottom of bag forward seems to be best for traveling but awkward for set up and tear down. I've watched others and asked others and usually get the same response "It sucks. Just keep trying things." The SSD did tell me what he does and that he wraps his arm around the poles to help with balancing them.
I know this is sounding more of a whine than anything else, but when I have to put the back back in the Start House, if I take the easier blue trail, I have to skate to the lift (I feel like the dog in "The Gringe That Stole Christmas" pulling the sled). Or I could glide to another lift, but will have to go down a black diamond to get to the Start House. Both paths seem to suck whatever life I have left in my legs.
My other issue is that in the morning when I go to set up, all the race kids are on the hill with the Start House and have gates and brushes set up. It leaves me with a narrow channel to ski down with the bag. Made worse in my own mind because all the race coaches are there (all nice guys and gals and great skiers) and I'm in my Instructor Jacket, they are all snickering at me. I doubt they even notice me but I find it intimidating.
Is it just a matter of my legs getting stronger? I have lost 7 # so far this year, mostly from doing this, and appreciate the weight loss and each week it does seem a little easier.
If I just need to suck it up; fine. I'll do that, but any tricks of the trade would be greatly appreciated.