Friday, 27 February 2015

Park City

Thankfully I left Breck when the weather started to come in. I think I timed it fairly well(pure luck). I flew to Salt Lake City and then drove up to Parky City. It was a pretty rubbish journey actually as my flight was delayed by over 2 hours meaning I didn't get into my bed in Park City till 3am. It is only a 30 minute drive from Salt Lake!

The weather for the majority of the trip was glorious sunshine. It was so so warm it was like skiing in the summer. I absolutely loved it. All the sun brought on a pretty big problem though. The halfpipe was starting to collapse. It meant it wasn't in a very good way. The left hand wall was very over vert meaning it spat you into the middle of the pipe making it very hard to a straight air let alone any tricks.

Since there wasn't much training to be had I just spent the first week enjoying myself and skiing the park. It was nice to ski some rails and jumps even though they weren't in very good condition due to the warm weather. To get around this problem everyone went night skiing a couple of times which was great fun

Training went fairly well for me. I was really happy with the halfpipe and since it was a bit colder it meant that it held its shape better during the day. It was probably the best halfpipe I have skied all year. I had 2 days training which I used the full time and then it was contest time.

My first run went really well and I was very happy with it. I was back skiing with a bit of confidence and pushing myself again which was the first time since my hernia I had been back on it properly. My second run I crashed pretty hard. I messed up my double and landed pretty hard on my side. Nothing serious thankfully, just a bit bruised and battered. It was the first time I had done my doubles since Russia. So I was nervous doing them but knew I really needed to. 23rd was my final placing. Fairly pleased with how it went and feeling good about my skiing again.

Here is a picture of me taking a picture of a moose. I was told after that they are actually quite dangerous but I was fine and it just ran off.

Thursday, 12 February 2015

February in Colorado

After not getting the result I wanted at the World Champs I had two options. The first was to stay at home until the World Cup in Park City and the second was to go and ski in Colorado before the World Cup and then go to Park City. The first option would have put me in exactly the same situation that I was in after the World Champs and I definitely did not want to feel like that again. I was not happy with the way I was skiing and I hadn't spent enough time back on my skis doing the basics. So I went with the second option.

On the 3rd of Feb I flew out to Breckenridge again. I already have a pass for Breck and the pipe is usually in excellent condition so it made sense to come back. The first few days were pretty crappy weather(as usual) but after that it cleared up and was a lot better for 3 days. It was nice to get back into a spring like halfpipe and start to do my tricks again.

It took me a day or so to get back into skiing. I was still really jet lagged. I then started to do some of my tricks again. Also trying a couple of new tricks. Nothing thats even remotely ready yet unfortunately. But I am really pleased to be back learning tricks again and also enjoying myself.

Since none of the other halfpipe guys are here I am riding by myself. I find it really difficult at times. It is hard to get motivated and progress when there is no one pushing you or giving encouragement. I also have a slight worry in the back of my head that if I am trying something new no one is around incase anything goes wrong. But so far so good and hopefully it continues.

After a few really good days the weather came back in. It started snowing heavily and became really windy. It was a shame that because of the snow all of the big features were closed off and it meant only the small jumps and rails were open. My skis are set up for the halfpipe meaning I have sharp edges to combat the icy walls ruling rails out. So my options are limited.

Thankfully one of the slopestyle skiers is here. So Andy and I have been skiing together a little bit when there has been breaks in the weather. It is starting to clear a bit now so hopefully I can get a few more good days in before heading to Salt Lake then onto Park City.