Finishing Puchar Pilska (Martin's Photo)

Slovakia Part One

Finishing Puchar Pilska (Martin's Photo)
Finishing Puchar Pilska (Martin’s Photo)

Typically communication is an important part of the team event in skimo racing. Racing the Puchar Pilska Teams race in Poland over the weekend, the only common language between my partner and I was ‘go’ and ‘dobre’ (‘good’ in Slovak). Luckily these were really all that was necessary.

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Teams race start (Andrea's Photo).

World Championships – Teams Race

Teams race start (Andrea's Photo).
Teams race start (Andrea’s Photo).

While I knew all along that the vertical race would be my best shot to place well in the Championships, the teams race was certainly what I was looking forward to the most. The teams event best embodies the spirit of ski mountaineering with two athletes racing together, never skiing far apart and sometimes connected by a rope. Continue reading

Skiing through the centre of Verbier. (ISMF Photo)

World Championships – Vertical

Amazing view from the finish area of the vertical race. (Andrea's Photo)
Amazing view from the finish area of the vertical race. (Andrea’s Photo)

I qualified to race two of three possible races at the World Championships – the Vertical and the Teams. The vertical race is pretty far from actual ski mountaineering in it’s true sense however it is the race I was most likely to perform well in. Racers ascend moderate slopes (think blue groomed run) from start to finish without descents or transitions. The Verbier course is one of the biggest on the circuit with around 850 meters of elevation gain for the men. The race began below the main village and climbed onto the streets of Verbier, right through the centre of town. Once out of town, we turned up the ski runs until reaching the high gondola station and the finish line.

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Vertical Race Start. Kate Photo.

Wyoming to Bruson!

Easy skiing on Teton Pass with new Wyoming friends.
Easy skiing on Teton Pass with new Wyoming friends.

 

This is a long post but it covers from Christmas though a road trip to Wyoming and all the way to Bruson, Switzerland!
US Team Qualifiers in Wyoming
After the long solo drive to Colorado for the first set of U.S. Team qualfiying races, the road trip to Jackson Hole seemed easy. Just 12 hours from Vancouver and with my new travelling companion Kate, we broke the trip into two easier days. We arrived to full on winter in Jackson and were greeted by skimo friend and teammate Meredith Edwards who arranged for us to stay with some friends of hers (thanks Mike and Dave!).

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