Just came back from another 6 days on my Kaunertal glacier.
Three were perfect, two very good and just the first one crappy.
Good training from 7 till 10, on the best days till about 11:30 good for drills on technique.
Unfortunately, it was another hot week in Central Europe and the snow was suffering severely in the afternoon. There´s not much left and this year´s ski season on this particular glacier seems to be possible till about July 20 only (last year the closing date was August 15).
Otoh, the summer has its sunny
sides too. I paid a short visit to a lake I usually do my swimming last Friday before leaving for the Alps (I prefer driving overnight) and this Friday I could be there again.
There´s nothing like some relaxed crawl after a week of twisting & turning & dragging slalom poles.
Sorry, didn´t mean to make you jealous. Just wanted to share my most recent skiing sentiments with people who are still on the skiing wavelength.
Btw, there was a young American racer with his Austrian coach, training together with an Austrian friend of mine and his two young racers. I joined them on the two best days and we had some nice conversation on the lift. He also told me that the Mt. Hood volcano was expected to errupt in about 35 years. It won´t bother me anymore but the younger of you should be careful when the time comes...
And, if there are as much as 20 lanes on Mt. Hood open till the end of August, I almost envy you the conditions. Just not the need to pay for them though 200 USD/day (which is the sum I was told) doesn´t seem that much.
And, yes, next to us some Austrian was training who should be the best among their Europe cup racers and an expected future Worldcup star (sorry, I forgot the name). Boy, he was really good! He took some private coaching in Dieter Bartsch Race Academy and Dieter was there in person watching attentively.
Bartsch is not Head´s Race Dpt. boss anymore and rumor goes and the other coach from his academy told me he would be working for Blizzard.