Today was our final day of riding here in Aspen. After the speed issues we had yesterday, Redbull and the park crew, did everything they could to make they jump work. Today it was a hell of a lot better and a lot faster. The start mound was raised, the jump was pushed about 3 or 4 feet forward and they added more pop to the jump.
The jump was epic but the weather on the other hand, wasn’t. It was overcast and super flat light which definitely isn’t the best conditions to jump in. Despite the flat light everyone seemed to be having a great time. I missed judged my speed a little on a switch 10 and ended up landing back seat on the knuckle which is definitely not a good feeling on the knee’s. Luckily for me, tomorrow is a rest day, and if I need it, so is Sunday. Hopefully they aren’t hurting before Dew Tour training which starts on Monday.
Mark McMorris sending it.
I’m really looking forward to next week as its Dew Tour time. Can’t believe its that time of year again. I guess the saying ”time fly’s when you’re having fun” is true!
Yesterday we were unable to ride as it snowed about 2ft of snow overnight and throughout the day but today, however, was bluebird conditions with not a cloud in sight which meant we would have our first day of riding. The downfall of the epic conditions was it was really cold. I didn’t end up feeling the cold as I was constantly moving and I even shed a layer halfway through the session.
Basically the set up is 2 kickers side by side, 50ft and 25ft, with a down rail following the jumps. Off to the side of the in run is a down flat down rail. The jump isn’t huge but it is a good size to start getting our tricks back. The snow was super slow today and we had to work for every bit of speed we could get so I think the plan for tomorrow is to raise the start ramp and to push the take off 3 or 4ft closer so we aren’t struggling to clear it.
View from the top
The crew waiting for sleds
Mr PK Hunder
The jump we had to ourselves today
Bobby tucking into the jump
Bobby, Switch 5 truck
Yours truly, mid underflip 5 tail
I had a lot of fun today and I am really looking forward to tomorrow!
Yesterday I had a day off as the weather had came in over the mountains. Laura and I decided to head to Denver and do some shopping. Despite the fact it was crap in the mountains, it was actually a nice day down in the city (except for the gusts of wind).
Then today Laura and I did a road trip with Amy Fuller from Breckenridge to Aspen. I am here in aspen for 4 days for a Redbull Performance camp. Looking at the weather forecast it looks like snow is on the cards for the next few days and then hopefully it will clear for Friday.
Since the photo’s from the last two days arn’t really worth checking out, I thought I would share Mark McMorris’ segment. It blew me away and I am sure you going to be stoked:
Tomorrow is our first day skiing here in Aspen,
Another epic day here in Colorado. The weather forecast that I looked at last night said it would be windy and snowing for the whole day. It was the opposite when I got to the mountain. It was bluebird and little to no wind in the park. As the day went on though, the wind did pick up and the clouds started to build, so I guess it was only half wrong.
Had an epic morning on the jumps. Felt much more comfortable on the jumps toady compared to yesterday. Its funny how fast you can get back into the swing of things after having time off. Managed to do a trick which I haven’t done in about 3 years, a switch rightside 1080. Felt weird to do one again but I am stoked that it worked.
I was pretty lazy with the photography today as I was having so much fun skiing. I snapped a few shots but they are definitely not the best I have taken so bare with me.
Aleks Aurdal mid dub 10
Tyril was killing it today. Mid 7 mute I think?
Banks Gilberti mid cork 7 tail
Johan Berg killing it as usual.
Going to take a day off tomorrow as it may be my last for a week or so. On Tuesday I am heading to Aspen for another Redbull Performance camp. Redbull is such an epic sponsor to have and helps out in so many different ways, including the performance camps which I think will really help before heading into one of the heaviest competition seasons ever!
Over and out from Coldarado
Today was officially my first day of the northern hemisphere season and it couldn’t have started out any better. It was perfect bluebird and no wind for pretty much the whole day. I got to the mountain pretty early as I had to pick my pass up, which meant I made it to the lifts at 8.30, right in time for them to open.
I timed my trip pretty much perfect as today was the first day the big jumps were open at keystone. The first jump is somewhat average but the 2nd one is pretty good. They aren’t super big which is nice for me as I am trying to ease my way back into it. I know I have only had about 2 months off snow but for me its enough to make me feel a little sketchy on snow.
It was super nice to see all my friends again and to hit the jumps with them. It definitely feels good to be back in Colorado and its starting to feel like a second home for me.
View from the chair of the 2nd jump, the better one out of the two
Bobby Brown dropping into the jump line
Oscar and I on the chair
Oscar and Aleks. So much fun skiing with these guys
Oscar Scherlin mid cork 7 tail.
Yours truly mid switch 540 japan
Right now I am sitting in my bed in Frisco and I feel like a noodle. I think a combination of Jet lag, being at such a high altitude and skiing all day has left me feeling super tired. The plan is to stretch, have something to eat and make sure I feel good for a ski tomorrow.
Really hoping the weather is good tomorrow!