Pow Day

Today was a lot of fun but also really hard work. As I mentioned in my previous post, I only have my park skis with me, which makes skiing powder pretty tricky. I still had an awesome time but as I am writing this, I can feel how tired my legs are. My knees got a bit of a beating as well because I had to lean back a fair bit to keep my tips up.

Whistler is one hell of a beautiful place, even though it was hard work and tiring, it was still so worth it. Just being up in the mountains and having fun with everyone is literally all I could ask for. I can’t wait to get back out there and do some more skiing here before I leave!

Pretty epic view this morning

Looking back towards Whistler

We were within the first 30 people to load Crystal chair today which meant we had some epic turns

Laura getting a cheeky pow turn on our what out of the trees

I’ll be honest, I didn’t land this, but it was fun :)

I think the best thing for me to do right now, is to have a stretch while watching some Suits.

Over and out

//Russ

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Whistler

Yesterday was a long day of travel but it was well worth it. Laura and I decided we would come back up to Whistler for the Christmas / New years break for the 3rd year in a row and it is definitely one of my favorite places to visit.

Today was kind of shitty weather in the village, but because I have a little to much excitement for skiing, we decided to head up anyway. Turn’s out it was actually pretty epic up there. It snowed for the first few runs we took and then it partially cleared meaning we could hit the jumps. The clouds did roll in and out but it was pretty good for the majority of the day. They had about 10cm of snow over night so the big jump wasn’t open but it was nice to shred a few rails and hit the smaller jumps.

The park is actually really good right now. They have a bunch of rails in and quite a few jumps. The big jump, which wasn’t open today, looks epic. It is a step over and from what it looks like, there will be no impact on the landing. I’m really excited to spend the next 2 weeks here, maybe even longer because the park is just that good!

This is what it was like when we first showed up, but it soon cleared

The rails are pretty damn fun.

Spent the day riding with Laura and Charles. This is Charles sending it on the lower kicker!

Yours truly mid switch 5. This jump is so much fun!

Did a little tree skiing with Laura and made her hit this little kicker!

Hopefully we have some more sunny days. Today was the perfect way to start the trip and has gotten me so excited to get back out there. Looks like tomorrow might be a pow day, which should be super fun. I only have my park skis which might make things a little interesting, but I guess the good thing about skiing pow on park skis is the snow feels deeper ;)

Over and out

//Russ

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Last day at Keystone

Today was my last day riding keystone before the Christmas / New Years Break. The weather forecast said it was going to be pretty shitty today but it turned out to be alright. It was only a short day as we are now going to have to pack our bags and head down to Denver because we have a super early flight tomorrow morning.

The plan is to head up to Whistler for Christmas and New Years. For 2 reasons. 1 – We have some family up there so it will be nice to spend the break with them. 2 – The parks up there are epic. From what I have seen it looks like they have a bunch of rails in already and I think the first jump in the big line is open. Its a 50ft step over which to me, seems like the perfect way to try and get some more skiing in over the break!

Fun crew up there today. Super stoked on my new outerwear, thanks a lot Spyder

Aleks Aurdal switch 5 tail

Yours truly with a cork 5 tail

Time to go and pack my bags and start the adventure to Whistler!

Over and out

//Russ

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Dew Tour Semi Finals

Well yesterday just didn’t go the way I had hoped it would. It started off bright and early with training starting at 8am. I was feeling really good going into training and was super stoked to get the competition under way. I managed to dial in my run a few times top to bottom which gave me a huge boost in confidence going into the event.

I was 7th to drop, which as many of you know, isn’t the best starting position. Generally in a competition the judges score a little low for the first few guys to drop, which I understand because they don’t want to set the bar ridiculously high straight off the bat and have no room to move. Anyway, I managed to stick my first run clean and I was super pumped on it. I was rewarded with a 77 and took an early lead. A 77 is a pretty good score to get but considering the amount of riders still left to drop, I had my doubts on whether or not the score would hold. It didn’t.

On my second run everything felt great until I landed the last jump. I dragged my hands and as soon as I did that I knew it wasn’t going to be enough to break into the top 10. I think I was given a 75 and at that point I knew I would be going into the Last Chance Qualifier.

Dew tour this year had a new format with the last chance qualifier. Basically if you weren’t in the top 10 after 2 runs, you would be given another run to try and get into the finals. They take the top two from the last chance qualifier and I knew I would have my work cut out for me as there were still so many riders that weren’t in the top 10. I.e Pk Hunder, Bobby Brown, Mcrae Williams, ABM, Elias Ambuhl.

I managed to stomp my 3rd and final run and I was rewarded with an 86. Which I personally was super stoked about. If you look at the top 10 advancing from the round before, I think the bubble score was an 83. So getting an 86 definitely eased the nerves. Soon after I was bumped down by Bobby who got an 89. I sat there with my fingers crossed hoping I would make it through to finals. But in the end, both Bobby and I were knocked out of the top 2 spots and we weren’t going to be skiing in the finals on Sunday.

This was after I put my hands down on the right dub 12. I was a little frustrated with myself as I knew I would be going into the last chance qualifier

Switch right 10. I’m pretty stoked I started spinning switch right side again. What most of you don’t know if I have torn my left ACL twice on switch right side tricks, so to be putting this into my run again feels pretty damn awesome ;)

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Obviously its hard not to be bummed when you don’t make the finals. But I have to keep reminding myself this is my first time back in the start gate since having both my left and right ACL’s fixed. I am actually really stoked on the run’s I put together and I’m happy I could show people that I’m back. It feels good to be back skiing with a healthy body knowing my knees are 100% again!

I guess the plan now is to ski as much as possible. After seeing all the craziness go down in slope, I have so many ideas running through my head of tricks and variations of tricks I want to try and learn this season.

Over and out

//Russ

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Dew tour training day 1 and 2

Training for dew tour is pretty much done, except for the little bit we get before qualifiers. Both yesterday and today were epic days and I think I managed to figure out a run. The run I have in mind, if I land it, should be enough to put me through to finals. I am guessing in finals I will have to change it up a little though.

Yesterday I was feeling really good on snow and skied from 9 until about 2 or 230. I managed to do pretty much all my jump tricks but by the time I was done with training, I was still stuck with what to do on the rails. I had absolutely no idea what I was going to do.

Today’s mission during training was to figure out a rail run, and if I managed to do that, then I would start jumping. I did managed to figure out what I was going to do and I am pretty happy with my rail run, but by the time I got to jumping, I was pretty burnt out from a full day yesterday and the morning session today. I did however managed to get my run (with set up tricks on the jumps) top to bottom three times which gives me a little boost in confidence for Thursdays qualifier.

PK on the last jump. Pk crushed it today and managed to get most of his run dialed!

Pk with a switch 180 on 180 off the wallride feature.

On the last run of the day I decided to have a little fun and do a cork 5 tail.

The plan tomorrow is to rest, stretch and make sure my gear is all ready to go for Thursday. Fingers crossed for some more epic weather on Thursday for Qualifiers.

Over and out

//Russ

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