Got to the mountain by about 11ish on Friday lots of crud, powder, and everything in between. Challenging conditions as everything became moguls by the end of the day. Bennet and Richard helped me out with some moguls after I was spent just after one run with the group. Thanks again guys!
Saturday, conditions were friged, 0* and windy. Brought out the Head SS Speeds and on our "warm up" run Bob and I got a little carried away and hit Mach schnell......heh heh heh....I dont think the others in our group appreciated it too much, we accidentally lost two for hours. It was cold but the surface was wonderful, very firm, easy to carve and do whatever you wanted. Someone posted a thread last week asking if they ever make turns at Stowe....I can sympathize after this weekend, lots of very reckless skiers and boarders blasting by at top speeds, very scary when you are stopped on the hill.
Sat I had the misfortune of being involved in two accidents. One was my own fault, edge caught on a bump, sent me into the air sideways and landed on my back, head hit the hard-pack with force. Had a headache the rest of the day. Somehow I also managed to cut a slice into my new Leki gloves as my skis popped off, that left my thumb bloody...figures the single area that doesn't have armor and I get hurt...need to address that "achilles-heel" next.
Next accident I was innocently involved in was while skiing a man in his 50's lost control came from behind me and clipped the back of my skis, he fell, I did not. Unfortunately for him it appeared he seriously hurt himself. Trekchick thinks he may have broken his hip in the fall...ouch. The guy apologized to me for the crash even as he lay on the floor on pain....I felt really bad for him. We waited a around a little while for the patrol, which were all but absent the whole weekend (hence the speeders everywhere), until his daughter showed up then myself and the group went on with our lessons. Trekchick who had been skiing with us selflessly opted to stay with the man and his daughter for nearly 45min! Aside from those unfortunate incidents a great day. Bob and I got a few opportunities to open it up....he knew thats what I like to do and he welcomed it every so often when we had the chance. Sunny all day, bluebird skies, a wonderful day....even with the wind and cold.
Sunday, not as cold, in fact after a run it felt hot. Less crowded as Sundays usually are, but there were some moments of lift lines to no where. Overcast, conditions were similar to Saturday, but by midday the snow was getting scrapped off and we had ice spots. Great day, made some strides in my tackling of crud and moguls. We capped off the day with a run including nearly everyone who was at ESA Stowe in honor of Stu. We all said out good-byes and most went to the lodge. I stuck around for one more run, By then we were the only ones really on the mountain it was empty. It was Dan Egan, Bob Barnes, and me, there may have been others behind me, but I was just enjoying the speed with the big dogs. Dan took off like a rocket, Bob right behind him and me right behind Bob....top speed carving and really killing it. A great send off to a great weekend and event. Thanks to all involved.
I brought a camera but barely used it figuring someone else would take photos so I don't have much but here it they are:
Bob Barnes, Twintip, Ski now work later
Ski now work later, cgeib, Spencer
Our group minus me.
Me and cgeib waiting on the worlds slowest lift line.
3 from our group doing a pole dragging exercise to help with proper hand placement.