I thought I'd covered the reason why pretty well. It's to up my game, and to see how much game the others have. Only on rare occasion do you get to see these guys at full throttle. I think most of the time, they are just trying not to lose us. Eastern Team tryouts is just that, a tryout. There are 10 or so slots open for people who will then gop out to demo team tryouts in Snowbird. I hear that about 45 people are going. I don't expect to make it although speaking yesterday to someone who made it last time, he thought I might stand a chance (where's the eye-popping emoticon?). I think the format will be somewhat like the Dev Team tryout which is required for ETS, which you have to do to become an examiner. Why would I want t be an examiner? Not to examine, that's for sure, but because all season long, people that I work with have been asking me to help them with thier skiing and exam prep and they keep tellingme that they like clinicing with me more than they do with Ed Staff people. So maybe I should try to get on Ed Staff.
As for his Vladness - I am learning to snowboard (haven't gotten too far yet). This is the first year in recent memory without an Arlberg trip. With an month old and a three year old in the house, I just couldn't leave this year. Besides, I like my mountain, I have little desire to leave. It skis different every day, and every day it teaches me somehing new.... so there!
Manus - Nelsons move... you just had to be there. I cna describe it, but I don't think I can do it justice, but we were doing a circle ski at Killington. I think the trail was East Fall, and it was icy. Very icy. Me, Rich Weiss and TCarey were stopped just above the bottom station of some mid-mountain lift, when Nelson went blitzing past us and over this catwalk at about forty. He was turning left on his left foot and extended down to maintain contact with the snow. Only then did he see that a) the trail had turned right and b) Jeb Boyd was right in front of him. I think most people would have ended up in te hospital, but somehow, he made the crankingest right turn I've ever seen, and then three more just like it until he was out of our sight. The left turn was what I remember most, but the right was probably more impressive. I think both of these guys needed to change thier underwear, and the rest of us were just about speechless.