Well, I'm back in Colorado now. What a super time I had at the Holimont/Holiday event, putting faces and personalities to names I've been conversing with for a few years now. I enjoyed very much finally meeting and skiing with each one of you. Thanks so much, Lars, for organizing this get together and providing me the opportunity to form these new friendships. And please know, my new friendship with you is one I place high value on. I'm greatly impressed with the person I found you to be, and look forward to our next opportunity share a slope and chat.
And I must put this out there: what a well skilled group of skiers attended this gathering. As lars said, the skiing really was full throttle, and the group was very well matched in ability to ski that way. Pierre took quite a header that was prompted by a mid turn knoll-launch while high speed rippin on a good pitch in flat light. I can testify that the golf cart characterizations of PSIA instructors does not apply to Pierre. He very much enjoys pushing the performance envelope, yet can be silky smooth in the bumps.
For those of you not aware, Greg's Kathleen (heluvagirl) is very new to the sport, but her skill development is quite obviously on a fast track. As much high speed cruisin as we were doing, she was hot on our tails. I even got to sneak of peak of her and Greg working on some skills later on, and got to see her laying down some nice arcs. Gregs done a nice job as her personal coach. Kathleen, it was great to finally meet you. You're screen name is well chosen. You're a real sweetheart, and Greg's a lucky dog. Look forward to skiing with you again out in Colorado in March.
Phil, not sure if you know, but I almost suffered your same fate. Last run of the day I came speed arcing down that same slope heading for the lodge and suddenly in the super flat light found my knees jack hammering into my chest from a bump field I could not see and had no clue was coming. When I stopped by the lodge I was telling Heluva about it when we looked up to see another poor soul fall victim to them. Greg had to hike up and help the hurting fella make it down on foot with what was an obvious broken wrist. If it's any consolation, you were one of many who got blind sided by those bumps.
I wish I could have had more time to ski with each of you on Friday. Western New York was my old stompin ground, and it seemed every time I turned around I was stumbling into old students, fellow coaches, and friends. It sidetracked me a few times. Still, the time I did have was great, and as I said, kudos to Lars for making it possible.
Saturday at Holiday Valley was a real hoot. Heluva started out the day by breaking out his SG's, and we had a ball laying off the edge angles and taking it down the falline so we could keep pace. And what about Lars and Bumpfreak? They were right there with us letting em run. Two very solid skiers in those two, and a pleasure to make turns with. It made for a fun day of straightening out Holiday Valley, and Lars, thanks for showing me parts of HV I didn't even know existed. Twenty years of going there for races, and spending the day on the same slope, and I never really got to ski the whole area.
Thanks to all for a great weekend. Looking forward to sharing a trail again somewhere down the road.