Pretty exciting day today with the individual ski mountaineering race. First, winds were really high and the course had to be changed…and it started late. I thought they were going to give us a bit of a warning (like 15-30 mins) before the start, so I was loading up on energy food. We got about 5 minutes notice and all the food I ate gave me stomach cramps…so I was feeling slow. Maybe I went too hard in the teams race as well. Chris Kroger was having a great race and thought he might have broken the top ten.
Now the good part!!! About 2/3rds of the way into the race, competitors triggered 2 moderate sized avalanches in two separate areas. In one avy, I think about 10 racers went for a ride! Luckily, I think only one person was injured. Due to this, the race was stopped and the individual race was cancelled.
Kind of a bummer overall, but I was feeling slow so…whatever I guess. One last race tomorrow…the team relay. Sort of a sprint for each person.
Getting psyched for next week, I think it is going to dump, so we will be skiing powder.
Off to the race briefing and then a dinner with all the North Americans (us and Canada).
Hope all is well…talk to you soon!!!
The late Steve Romeo (perished in avalanche, 2012) was a prolific blogger who founded and operated the famed TetonAT.com website from September 2006 to March 2012. Steve did exciting and inspiring backcountry skiing worldwide, and concentrated on beautiful descents in his home mountains, Wyoming Tetons. Before starting his website Steve filed a few guest blogs here at WildSnow. We’re honored to host Romeo’s first blog post, and offer our condolences to his family and friends.
(Please note that as of August 2013 Steve’s website had been hacked Consequently, we are not linking to his legacy website. We’ll link again once we’re sure his site is stable.)