GS training in Tignes 2010
After skiing back to the chalet, sharpened my skis and then, horror of horrors a run followed by a half hour of pilates. Completely knackered and its only Day 1!
Well the last two days have been epic here in Tignes, fresh snow and it is still hammering down! Very difficult conditions to do race training in but we had two full days. I struggled a bit yesterday with the poor visibility, soft snow and ice in our training lane and ended up crashing twice, one knocked the wind out and knocked out a bit of confidence as well... but this morning was great we did some drills in powder snow that are tough enough on a firm piste and everyone got on quite well and had a good session in the gates. It is still snowing very hard here and we had 15cm today. The French national team was super G training and the speeds they hit in the conditions was inspirational. Hopefully the pisteurs will be able to cope with the snow and the hill will be open Thursday.
Having a look at the course after slipping away the fresh snow
Anyone for one legged javelin turns on a steep off piste pitch? ;-)
Tons more snow fell during the day, down to resort level
Our Coach Mike pointing out a Super G racer belting it down the descent piste (which looked almost off piste to me! )
After another huge dump last night it took a while to get onto the pistes but conditions were fantastic, bluebird sky and no ice underfoot even after lots of runs in the gates. The course did cut up pretty bad and developed some holes that were scary at 40 mph. One bad crash and concussion from one of the girls but everyone was skiing well now that we could see a bit! I managed one decent run and felt fast about 2/3 the time and only a few skiddy turns in the middle steep section. The timing gear is coming out tomorrow and with a few of the class going straight onto a Eurotest in a few weeks will be interesting to see how they are doing.
Not too busy on the race stade.
Found lots of fresh powder and managed knee deep in places on the final run down...