The Gap

So the day before yesterday I had seen a gap in the park which I thought might be possible. It was absolutely huge but I still thought it was do-able. The only problem was that it wasn’t do-able during the day as the fence around the park was right in the landing.

I decided to head up the next day and do early morning training with the Winter Sports club at Perisher. Training starts at 7am so that means the fence line isn’t up yet. I figured out a line into the gap, did a few speed checks and then I just had to go for it. Probably one of the scarier gaps I have done but it was also super fun.

Check out the photo’s below:

I took off of the take off of the tube on the right hand side of this picture and transferred to the backside of the C rail. This was mid straight air while I was testing the gap.

This was the angle from below of the 360 I did. I landed on the sunny side of the C rail in this picture.

Super stoked I did the gap and got a few shots. Hopefully I can film a few clips on it in the near future.

Stay tuned,

//Russ

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The Jump line

Yesterday was the first time we able to hit the jump line up at Perisher and I think it is safe to say it is the best, the biggest and the safest it has ever been. The first jump is a 50ft true table stye jump so it is perfect for anything, the 2nd is a 55ft step down which is super fun to do set up tricks on, and the last, which in my opinion is the best, is a 65ft step over jump.

To tell you the truth, I have been stressing a little bit because of the up coming events and the lack of jumping I have been doing. Yesterday was exactly what I needed though. I got up there, got stuck into it and did a bunch of tricks I needed to do before I fly to NZ for the winter games. One trick in particular has always scared me for some stupid reason and its the switch dub 12. I know I have said this on here before but I have a mental block with the trick if I don’t do it for a while. Needless to say it worked out and I tried 2 and landed 2.Pretty stoked I could get a couple of those dialed in.

Riding the T-bar with Scotty James

Switch 5 truck on the first jump

Yours truly with a zero spin on the 2nd jump and Felix Usterud on the bottom jump

Testing out the bottom jump with a 360 earlier in the morning. This jump sends you to the moon ;)

Mid way through a cork 9 tail.

Today is going to be a big day. I woke up at 530 and I am dressed and ready to go up the hill. I am going to try and ride the park for 1h (from 7 until 8) and then I am doing the ”Ride with Russ” day again. I’m really looking forward to riding with all the kids and hopefully getting them more stoked on skiing than ever!

Stay tuned for more,

//Russ

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Frustrating

After what seemed like an eternity of shitty weather (it was only about a week haha) the storm finally cleared and yesterday was a picture perfect day with blue skies and no wind. I knew the park had been rebuilt as I had spent a little bit of time in the snow cats watching Charles Beckinsale and Brandon Dodds build.

Needless to say I was super excited driving up the hill yesterday. What no one knew though, was that the snowmaking team had made an extraordinaire amount of snow, directly on top of the park.  This meant the park was buried and it needed to be dug out. Dougie Graham did his best in the cat to push the snow out and reshape the jumps in time. I think he wrapped up at about 1230 or 1 and then the park opened, but then the winds started to picked up and it was super sketchy to jump.

The jumps themselves are super fun. Its starts with a 50ft true table then into a 55ft step down and finishes with a 60ft step over. Some might argue that the first and 2nd jump are two close. I will admit they’re close, but I (A) don’t think it is bad and (B) kind of like it like that. It gives you less room to miss judge your speed.

I left the mountain somewhat frustrated yesterday as I knew yesterday was going to be the only break in the weather. I know it was no ones fault but it just kind of sucks when you drive up the mountain, excited and amped to do some tricks, only to have everything working against you throughout the day! It looks like there is another cold front moving in over the mountains for the next week which means it is not going to be ideal for skiing!

I guess because it is shit weather up on the mountain I will just have to bounce on my tramp a lot more (weather permitting down here as well). I had a pretty good session on it yesterday afternoon with Dhanu Sherpa and I’m hoping to get a few more sessions like that this week.

Over and out

//Russ

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One Hit Wonder Invitation

Just got my invite for the One Hit Wonder Down Under and I’m super stoked. I skipped the event last year to play it safe with my knees. I probably could have done it but at the same time it wasn’t worth risking it after have doubel ACL reconstructions!

Here’s a little video from the 2012 One Hit Wonder:

//Russ

 

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Water Skiing

Well I didn’t really go water skiing, but it definitely felt like it. My brother, Darren, had come down to Jindabyne from Canberra to go skiing with me. Unfortunately for us, it turned out to be one of the worst days imaginable. It was windy, cold, foggy and it was also raining. When we got to the Car park I couldn’t think of anything worse than going out skiing in the worst weather imaginable.

Obviously I am very fortunate and I’m able to pick and choose which days to ride, but for Darren that wasn’t the case and he was still super keen to get out there and have a slide. I decided to suck it up and head out there and brave the elements.

We skied for two hours, which I honestly thought I wasn’t even going to make it that long. Although the weather was as bad as it was, we still had a good time riding in the trees, in and out of the fog and jumping off of every little rock we could find! By the time we were finished though, our gear looked like we had jumped in a pool haha.

The storm looks like it has turned to snow over night and could potentially bring quite a bit more snow. I have my fingers crossed for that because I have had quite a bit of fun on the pow days we have had snow far here this season!

Its raining here in Jindy so I have no idea what the plan for today is!

Over and out,

//Russ

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