yep first one.....my take
I was on the fence about this comp since the middle of the year, for fear of getting hurt, fear of sucking, fear of embarrassing myself .All pretty petty fears IMO. Literally made the choice to stay in it days before the event, and got to work. It was the first comp
Tuesday - Tower 3 or West Baldy were going to be the event venues, west baldy was more than likely the choice so I started scouting and planning runs. Not an easy task putting together a run that score a good line but also flows and lets you show how good of skier you are. Scouting on Tuesday I picked out several lines but decided on one that consisted of some high speed SG turning up top, a decent size jump over some small pine trees, to some more solid high speed skiing though the openish field. In the middle a little billy goating(which I could do fast) to 15 footer right into a 10 footer to pointing out the bottom. At the end of the practice day thought to myself ok this could work I could totally do this line….
Wednesday – Its on West Baldy(yes!!!) but I just have this feeling that I shouldn’t be there, I am going to kill myself,yada yada. Scouting the course which had a nice 6-8inches of soft snow on it yesterday is showing that the snow is not really there anymore, to make matter worse I am 63rd outta or 68 guys to go which run after the 15 girls that day. My doubt builds mentally I am in the totally wrong place to be doing this. I watch a little of the comp while making tram runs to keep myself in the mindset of skiing steep terrain at speed. Jared Allen’s run looks pretty solid but admittedly by him he doest have the great est flow or technique in crud, but man I wish I could huck like him. After his run it my turn to ski down and head up the tram. Walking up baldy for what is really insignificant run down baldy by the top guys here, I am nervous scared and just thinking WTF am I doing here.
The run - Waiting on top for the next 5 guys to go just took forever. Its my turn, focus focus you can do this.I start above the traverse drop in and hit the traverse to start in the air with alittle mute grab, mach towards my wind lip over the 3-4 foot tall pine tree hit and yes sailing thought the air carry it quite aways. Coming down on top of the tech section the world kinda of goes quite, seriously a pretty cool feeling with a lot of people watching you just ski . but in my anxious I missed my line probably noone knew but those people running the practice runs but I went off line and missed my second air. Kept it flowing to my now new 2nd air a little rock right in the middle, carry it off to the side and leave to nice thugs marks in the snow the acceleration of the landing was huge, kept it together barely coming though the finish line thinking man the snow sucks down there.
After it was over I was glad I did it, glad I stayed up on my feet and glad I beat some people. I have this overwhelming need to try again to go back with a better mind set and a better skill set. The most important thing is despite not so great of a finish I pushed my limits this is what really mattered, I don’t think I ever have skied west baldy that fast.