Friday, 26 April 2013

Mammoth Airbag

After leaving Breck I flew to LA then onto Mammoth. I was met at the airport by Neil MacGrain who is the Scottish team coach. I had been to Mammoth before but I had never been in the spring. It was glorious sunshine and unbelievably warm for May. The apartment I had was really nice as well. But it was fairly expensive.

I woke up early the next day and met Pat Sharples and Jamie Matthew. We had a private airbag session for the next three days. I had never done a camp on a jump airbag. I had only spent a week in the summer on one in Whistler(which I will be going back to).

The jump was pretty big and very whippy as it was a way to safely practise double flips. It was one of the best set ups I have ever seen. Big run in, well shaped jump, no waiting around to drop and best of all both me and Woodsy got sled laps all day. Since it was so late in the season the airbag was on the half of the mountain that was closed. This meant that each morning Jamie, Pat, Woodsy and myself got a piste basher over ever morning. It was a really cool experience as it was our own private session. 

I found it difficult as I am used to riding halfpipe and not jumps. I was trying a few different doubles such as double 10/12's as well as both way double flares. The double 10's I found weren't working but everything else I managed to land on my feet! It filled me with a lot of confidence as I could take it to pipe easily.

Obviously I did a few backflips as well!

Thanks to Neil MacGrain for the photos. Make sure to check out his website

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Spring in Breckenridge

On the 3rd of April I flew back to Breckenridge, Colorado to do some end of season training. Unfortunately it did not go quite as planned. I came expecting sunny, warm weather and perfect training conditions. It was not like that at all which was really unfortunate.

There was still a lot of snow. Which was a good thing as it meant the snow conditions on the mountain would hold up a lot better throughout the day. But it just kept snowing. It was great fun to go out skiing powder as I hadn't managed to get many powder turns in this season at all. It was really deep. There had been about 2 feet in less than two days. 

Finally the sun came out and I managed to get a good day in the halfpipe with Pat Sharples. My main goal coming out here was to learn allyoop flat spin 540's. I managed to land a few on that good day. It was quiet as well so I had pretty much the whole pipe to myself. 

After this one good day the weather turned for the worse again. And it has snowed pretty much every day since. One of the days looked to be good. But when I went up the mountain it was extremely windy. So it was a write off. It is extremely frustrating when things like this happen because you can't control the weather. It is always a hit or miss going to a resort to train as it is very unpredictable. 

As you can see by the photo there is a lot of snow. That was in a car park that had been cleared the night before. 

On a positive note I have finally got a hold of my run from the British Championships. The conditions were almost as bad as Breckenridge's. 

Friday, 5 April 2013

World Cup Finals Run

I managed to get a copy of my run from the World Cup Finals in Spain last month. I was really pleased with my run. I felt it was the best run I had done all season. But I was a little disappointed because I had the worst score all season.

I managed to finish up 20th overall. It was a really tough contest and the last FIS event of the season so I was reasonably happy to still be inside the top 20.

Hopefully I can post my run from the Brits soon.