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.

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