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Squaw Valley US Freeskiing Open Video Highlights

post #1 of 16
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The Squaw Valley US Freeskiing Open went off for the past two days. On Thursday, 90 male skiers and 25 female skiers, hurled themselves down an icy and very variable venue in the Enchanted Forest / Ice Goddess area with many spectacular crashes (myself included).

After Thursday's Day 1 event, the field was roughly cut in half and those skiers moved on to compete in Friday's event. Friday's event was held on a continuous run from Light Towers down to CII bowl.

The snow was actually really really crappy. The landing transitions were really really small, and the skiers who advanced and stayed on their feet made the conditions look very very easy.

Video highlights from Day 1 are know available. Highlights from Day 2 should be up soon and I'll post it up as soon as I see it.

Squaw Freeskiing Open Day 1 highlights. (I am the highspeed faceplant at 3:12)
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post #2 of 16
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And here is the video from the Finals. I basically watched this with my jaw on the keyboard. I was up on this venue on Wednesday afternoon scouting lines and the conditions were h-o-r-r-i-b-l-e. The top section was ice, death cookies, refrozen traverse tracks, and peppery rocks sticking up everywhere. Some of the lines in here are just amazing.

I think my fave is around 2:15 (dude in orange, watching him from behind).

Enjoy:
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1st place went to Craig Garbiel from Kirkwood. Way to go Craig! Good luck in the upcoming Big Mountain Pro in Europe!
post #3 of 16
Are you feeling better?
post #4 of 16
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yes..thanks. still a little sore, but nothing major. I'm taking the week off from skiing and will just be doing some mellow road cycling to stay active. I just checked out my helmet for the first time today....it's split clean through the shell from the initial impact i guess. Thank god for helmets.
post #5 of 16
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Originally Posted by Tyrone Shoelaces View Post
The snow was actually really really crappy. The landing transitions were really really small, and the skiers who advanced and stayed on their feet made the conditions look very very easy.
Hard surface for that kind of air. Those guys have balls. You could see the knees gettin stressed.

Your's was a nasty crash, but what about the guy before you who hit the first rock and went forward on his landing below. He's gotta be feeling that hit. He went in face first.

Hope your feelin better and be careful out there.
post #6 of 16
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Your's was a nasty crash, but what about the guy before you who hit the first rock and went forward on his landing below. He's gotta be feeling that hit. He went in face first.
Not sure what happened to him, but yes, that was a hard crash too. Everyone skied away from the venue and patrol wasn't involved in any incident from what I can tell.

Here's an alternate video from Day 2. Finals and SuperFinals:
post #7 of 16
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Originally Posted by Paul Jones View Post
Hard surface for that kind of air. 1Those guys have balls. 2You could see the knees gettin stressed.

Your's was a nasty crash, but what about the guy before you who hit the first rock and went forward on his landing below. 3 He's gotta be feeling that hit. He went in face first.

4 Hope your feelin better and be careful out there.
Let me translate:
1-Those guys have balls, heck even the girls have balls.
2- At Pauls age, his knees hurt just watching the video.
3- That guy who crashed before you is gonna feel it for a week, Heck, Paul is gonna feel it for a couple days just from watching it.
4- Tyrone you're amazing, Holy Crap!


I'll mimic all of what Paul meant!
post #8 of 16
First off, I hope you loose the hitch in your giddyup soon.

And thanks for posting the vids.
post #9 of 16
damn, Tyrone, i was watching and thought you were gonna pull that one out!

i second the jaws on the "keyboard" or the floor in my case, as I watched the finals... just guy after guy nailing super tough lines in hard snow.

very humbling for an old ski instructor who fancied himself a good skier at one time...not. Yeah, there were a few without the highest level skills the first day, but most were awfully good, and the final day, they were jaw dropping, you've got to be kidding me, wow.

cheers,
holiday
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damn, Tyrone, i was watching and thought you were gonna pull that one out!
ha! you saw that! Would have liked to have met you...but even if you came up to introduce yourself, I probably wouldn't have remembered anyway. I kinda had the thousand yard stare thing goin on for a little while afterwards :

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Yeah, there were a few without the highest level skills the first day, but most were awfully good, and the final day, they were jaw dropping, you've got to be kidding me, wow.
yeah I went home after the first day to start healing up and am a little bummed that I didn't get to watch the finals in person. I was up in Light Towers on Wednesday scouted lines and terrain in case I made the cut, and the snow was just bulletproof concrete......so watching these guys throw down in those conditions is just amazing.

I'm amazed at how these guys find the landing transitions on their airs so consistently. They were VERY small and they had to land extremely close to the base of the cliffs in most cases to hit the transitions. The speed control, judgement, and air sense is mind blowing considering that there is NO hesitation as they come up on on top of their features and then send them.
post #11 of 16
That vid is like watching a bunch of kids ski bumps. Call 2008 the year of smoothness and sticky landings.

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post #12 of 16

wow

well that was amazingggggg... i am just starting to learn to drop cliffs and can't believe they could ride out those drops on such hard snow. I am assuming those skiers are pretty much the best of the best or at least close to it. tyrone well done and be careful out there. any tips for a beginner when it comes to dropping cliffs? i noticed how compact they seemed to stay while in the air. do you tend to land at an angle to control speed or do you wait to turn until you have riden it out a bit? thanks, drew. I will be waiting for some softer conditions before I attemt anything bigger than some cornices.
post #13 of 16
well stated tyrone, and you would be able to appreciate that more then most of us. it's uncanny how well they hit those trannys, even as you said, so close to the cliffs. it almost appears as if they are able to to adjust in the air more then I think it possible to hit there spots. it looked like throwing darts and hitting the bullseye...

I also was watching an old protege and friend of mine, George Hjelte. Do you know him? He's a good kid and was took lots of tennis and ski lessons from me quite some time ago. He went 1st on finals day and was the first to air that big hip above c2 drop 'the gate' in the c2. he ended up 22nd, i think since he did the huge straightline up in lightowers instead of something more technical, since he was right on w/ the top 10 in c2.


heal well...

holiday
post #14 of 16
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Originally Posted by drewski180 View Post
tyrone well done and be careful out there. any tips for a beginner when it comes to dropping cliffs? i noticed how compact they seemed to stay while in the air. do you tend to land at an angle to control speed or do you wait to turn until you have riden it out a bit? .
Well first tips are the obvious...i.e. wear a helmet and start small in good conditions before stepping it up (which you already seem to be doing ).

And good observation on noticing how they stay compact in the air. Staying compact in the air is one way to ensure that you land balanced. When you're compact in the air, you're putting yourself in the best position to enable yourself to land balanced and stomp the air.

Upon takeoff, pulling your feet up into your body (be sure to drive your hands slightly forward to counter any weight shift rearwards), holding them 'compact' throughout the 'flight' portion, and then extending them just before touching down is good basic technique. One thing you definitely don't want to do is land in a "pencil" position. i.e. legs already fully extended. This is not a position of strength and balance and you're more likely to get bucked on landing than if you stayed tight and then pushed your feet down into the landing just before touching down.

And regarding your question of landing at an angle or landing straight and riding it out...the answer is it depends. In the Squaw comp, there was an air up at the top of the course that pretty much had to be landed at an angle across from the fallline. Hitting it straight would result in a flat landing and too much acceleration into some nasty terrain. So the answer is "it depends" on a lot of factors, but if you're just starting out, pick small drops that you can land straight with a clean run out. Practice pushing your feet down to meet the snow and then practice immediately making a controlled turn upon landing. This will help ensure that you're landing in a balanced position ready to take on whatever is coming up next.

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Originally Posted by Holiday View Post

I also was watching an old protege and friend of mine, George Hjelte. Do you know him? He's a good kid and was took lots of tennis and ski lessons from me quite some time ago. He went 1st on finals day and was the first to air that big hip above c2 drop 'the gate' in the c2. he ended up 22nd, i think since he did the huge straightline up in lightowers instead of something more technical, since he was right on w/ the top 10 in c2.
Yes, I've met George a few years ago. I was getting a tour of Squaw with Cody Townsend who is good friends with George and George met up with us for a few runs. I doubt he'd remember me, but his name sticks with me because I remember Cody saying to watch out for him a few years down the road.
post #15 of 16
Stompage. Hope you are feeling better Tyrone.
post #16 of 16
thanks for the advice and keep on ripping, its a lot of fun to watch.
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