I finished up the community college skiing class that I teach:
Then had a ski weekend at Gore:
Followed by a sweet trip to Mad River Glen for a 2-day PSIA clinic before my big exam. They had gotten 3-4" inches of snow when we arrived, and they had another 2-3" the next night. It made for awesome conditions for bumps and trees. I wish I had taken more pictures, but we skied pretty hard. Here's a couple of shots:
The following weekend was the PSIA exam at Killington. I was too busy being stressed, so not many pics from there either. We did have a phenomenal Norwegian tele feast at a backcountry hut on the Long Trail:
Then we had a beer in the umbrella bar while waiting for the results to be tabulated:
And a celebration beer after the success:
I am now an official member of the Eastern Division Telemark Development Team. I realize that doesn't mean anything to a lot of people. I'll probably write up a post later explaining everything about it, but for now, I guess you can just think about it as Level 3+, where level 3 is the highest certification most people get.
After that, we returned to Gore for a weekend, but went off piste and did the Rabbit Pond trail from the Wood Out entrance:
It was fun on Tele skis, but if I did it again, I'd use the fishscaled BC skis for it. Lots of up and down on the way down to the Ski Bowl.
It took us about 1.5-2 hours at a slow, relaxed pace, but it can probably be done faster. It was a great way to get away from the crowds at Gore and it was fun to do some exploring.
Speaking of exploring, the following week, We were at Jay Peak:
It was phenomenal. Pow, trees, chutes, and fun skiing (well, Ace snowboarded the first day):
There's a lot of pictures of Ace making left turns for ya (I have no idea why it worked out that way). We spent three days skiing Jay Peak Resort, then we did some backcountry across the street:
Really nice snow conditions, and a really fun, relaxed time.
After that, I understudied a Tele event at Whiteface, where 7 inches of wet snow made all the glades awesome:
Then I started riding my bike (I'm trying to do #30daysofbiking again this year):
But I haven't forgot about skiing. Great day last Sunday, and it looks like this coming weekend will be sweet, too.
And now you're all caught up.