Today marked the first day for the 2011 USASA Ski Nationals. This is also the very first year that Ski Nationals is an exclusive event; in the past, Ski Nationals has always been integrated with USASA’s snowboard event. Thus, skiers of all ages practiced in halfpipe, slopestyle, and skiercross throughout the day, while taking some time off tonight for opening ceremonies.
This season has started and I think Tahoe is finally going to get some snow this week! I spent my first month of the season in Colorado doing the Grand Prix and Rev tour and the halfpipe was perfect as always and surprisingly the weather was great to. It was a slow start getting back into the contest groove again but I eventually began landing some new tricks. It was awesome to be back with everyone in contests. The Grand Prix didn't go as planned, but it was good to see Kelly Clark send it and take 1st. It was also awesome to see Maddy Schaffrick come back from an injury and absolutely kill it and get 2nd!
The first day of competition at the 23rd annual USASA Championships saw sunny skies and insane competition throughout each venue. Despite unseasonable temperatures, rising to the low 60’s, the alpine courses and pipe, as it is being cut every night, held up nicely all morning. Coaches, competitors, and parents commented on the quality of the special course builds. Coach Travis Mclain from Aspen commented “I am impressed with how well all the venues are riding. Its cool that USASA builds custom courses especially for this event.”
Here’s an update of the time I spent at school in the fall. I was at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah for the past 3 months where I was taking 3 classes. Multivariable calculus, intro to computer science, and an environmental justice course.