Hello ski racing fans!
The team has been hitting the snow pretty hard in the mornings yesterday and today. Breakfast at 6:30am, on the hill by 7:15, 8:15 start. All business. Sunday the team trained GS for about 2 hours in the morning to get their timing down and then free skied on their DH boards late morning. I helped out with GS training in the morning and watched the guys rip it up! Awesome to be right in the mix and a part of the team during their training.
Today (Monday) the team trained DH on a gnarly track with lots of terrain....a couple big airs towards the finish. They sectioned the course today and will run full length tomorrow. It was overcast most of the day so the snow stayed rock hard and fast for them. Its only the first real day of training but the boys look very strong!
Video of Marco Sullivan slaying today:
The weather yesterday was a typical warm Spring day here...60 deg F and sunny. Not great for training but excellent for free skiing. The ski area holds some incredible terrain. I did plenty of exploring yesterday and absolutely skied my face off. Steep steep terrain...love it! I was tired today though....rough life I know. Here's a photo of a chute I made a couple laps on:
You can definitely tell its an Olympic year for the US Team. NBC has been filming every minute of the trip for a prime time special on the team before the Olympics start. They sent down a crew of 14 people for 4 days. They've got mics and cameras everywhere and are connected at the hip to the athletes....especially Ted Ligety. Its been pretty funny but very exciting at the same time. Some great PR for the Team.
A little about the resort here too....Portillo is how skiing should be. The people here are wonderful and very friendly. The employees take care of any request you have and do it with a warm smile. The food is absolutely amazing too. Portillo has been a family owned resort since about 1930. The resort here is all inclusive and holds only about 500 guests....so that means there's no more than 500 people on the entire ski area at once! Can we impose this in CO??? Its so beautiful and I'm so lucky to be here.
Thanks for checking in. I'll have more in the days to come...