Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Monday, December 23, 2013
Sunday, December 15, 2013
This was State Championship Cyclocross weekend in the state of Colorado. The racing was fierce as expected. We have two new open classification State Champions that were pushed to their limits but held on for wins. Georgia Gould and Allen Krughoff rule the roost in Colorado. That is the story from today, Sunday. There are thousands of stories from the weekend that will be told over and over at nauseum by those who participated, and that is a good thing. Thanks for a great announcing season Colorado. I look forward to what 2014 brings.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
For many years I always thought it would be cool to do a tour of some of our local ski hills over the course of a day. Today ended up being that day. I had to make the trip to the front range after a week of butt ass cold temps and snowfall here in Colorado so I decided to stop up at Beaver Creek to start off the day with a short session. From there I heard that Vail had opened Gamecreek Bowl and that Ouzo Glade and Farro Glade would be skiing so I stopped there next and checked it out. I'll put it this way, don't be to excited to charge the backside of Vail opening, it's gonna be marginal at best. I took advantage of the free parking for two whole hours at Vail and bailed before they got a nickel out of me before heading to the old stomping grounds of Keystone for a couple of runs. The snow there was my least favorite of the bunch, and it was actually kind of crowded compared to what I expected. Vail and Beaver Creek were empty. Another rumor surfaced that the Pallavcini lift was rolling and that Mainstreet was open and skiing. This was the only way the day could have ended, with a ride up Pali, a rip down Mainstreet, and a tour of the rest of the The Legend the remainder of the day. Angel Pubes....need I say more. That completed the day, four ski areas in one day....bucket list.
Log Lines almost ready to roll...
Turbo...ski cut and sluffed
Pubes blowing into Mainstreet...classic Basin
Wildcat Ski cut and near ready....
To the top of the world...Lenawee Parks skied awesomely...
To the moon baby....
And the track laid down the middle of the Little Professor seen below were laid down by one stupid and lucky bitch...
However this trucker was not so lucky, dumping it off the top of Loveland Pass on his way down the North side of the pass. Dude must have shit all over his self....
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Monday, December 9, 2013
It's been cold as a living hell for the past six days since the big snowstorm hit Beaver Creek ski area. So cold that it has not been above 15 degrees for a week. I'm still freezing my rogger daggers off after working outside all weekend on the front range. Skiing is great, if you can bare the temps. The busy schedule continues this week with the State Cyclocross championships coming up in Castle Rock again...as far as the entire Specialized blow goes, well, it's a simple solution, if you are not happy with what they are trying to do to a Canadian shop owner, don't buy their product, otherwise enough already with your opinionated rambling bullshit on Facebook, that is what this bullshit blog is for, stating worthless opinions that no on reads or gives a shit about. It's actually quite simple.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
You fucked up, because there was NO ONE at Beaver Creek today and while you were waiting in lift lines and traversing...we were RIPPING. Nordica El Capo, winner.
Monday, December 2, 2013
As usual, things are stupid busy. And even though I'm not working my true winter gig yet, winding up the announcing season has me all over the place. There is something pretty sweet about having "World Cup Announcer" on your resume, and there is more of that to come this week at Beaver Creek and the Birds of Prey men's FIS Downhill. Always have to start things off with obnoxious selfies on the chair lift on A2B....
The inaugural women's Nature Valley Raptor Downhill took place last week on a brand new course for the women. I was very fortunate to be able to announce the first two training run days. Part of announcing properly and having some base of knowledge is checking out the venue which included an early morning chairlift ride up Chair 8 at the Beav to observe the course from above....it was technical and steep in the middle portions of the course, very.
Course volunteers and ski patrol getting their shit together at the top of chair 8 prior to the first day of training...Lara Gut was fastest for the Swiss.
Above, downloading on chair 8 prior to training, this is the section of the course just below the Predator traverse which leads into the Kestral section, where skiers were moving at 80 mph. Below, the media room where announcers sit with a bunch of computer and television screens that are supposed to feed us all the information we need to announce, on day one NONE of this technology was working, and I was rolling solo, which left to some interesting and very late commentary, but it got taken care of...as always. Day two was perfect, with all systems go, which made it a blast to be in the hot seat on the mic.
Thanksgiving was spent with my significant others, which include my girlfriend and her four hell on legs crtitters....it was a grand day starting with Mila and Mike in the Morning on ESPN, which the dogs dig, and a great day of skiing at Vail where early season conditions are pretty good but deteriorating quickly until the next snowfall, it's also going to be freezing balls off this week which will sour everyone quickly and make the World Cup not so much fun for skiers and especially fans this week. No big deal for me, I'll be in a very warm timing building.
Then it was back to Denver to turn on the lights and announce CX. Here are random photos from the weekend. All this took place around the most ridiculous ending to a college football game I've ever seen. War Eagle.
With all the Chaos on the college football gridiron, Florida State is once again #1, this duct tape has been used every Saturday during the season while I've announced on Saturdays, making it lucky duct tape.