quickie report as I'm checking in from Kirkwood where I've been the past few days.
yep, as Tom mentioned I crashed pretty good waaay up at the top of the course. Alot of competitors were taking it easy and getting fairly competitive scores, but the few guys who went into the zone that I crashed in all came out within the top 5 or so, so I wanted to go in there. Problem was I underestimated the firmness of the snow above the bottom air and it bucked me and threw me. When I was staring down I hesitated because I realized I went too far into the line but couldn't back out.
I'm mostly fine except for a few bruised ribs. I didn't lose any skis or anything on the crash. just rolled, came to a stop, let everyone know I was ok, and just burned some GS turns to the bottom.
Oh well. I'm bummed I fell...but I'm kind of glad I didn't have to compete today. Conditions for the Finals were HORRIBLE.
This morning, I still had my competitors bib, so I used to get early ups on the chair this morning and get into the Cirque with the other competitors for their inspection run. The conditions were so firm and icy it was nearly terrifying to be skiing that stuff with so many no-fall zones around you. The competitors were just shaking their heads at the conditions.......but despite that....they really through down. The level of skiing given the conditions was completely off the charts. If you see any footage from the Finals today, just realize that most people wouldn't even contemplate doing the stuff they were doing on a powder day let alone on a day where conditions were blue ice, mixed with coral free, concrete, and old avy debris. uughh....
Anyway, dumping here now and tonight...and bruised ribs or not, I will be surfing some powder tomorrow.
I have POV footage of both my qualifying run and my crash from the semi-finals which I will edit in a few days and make a little TR out of.
There is a video of my qualifying run from Thursday here (just click on my name in the video player):