I’d like to preface this post by saying how much I’ve enjoyed being a part of the supertour finals as an athlete these past few days. I’ve just finished racing the first three races in the mini-tour, and will now be switching over to the volunteer aspect of the competitions. The pressure of racing is off, and weather permitting, it’s time for me to have some fun in the California sun.
|Can you see the lake?|
Today was the course inspection day for the 2013 Supertour Finals pursuit style hill climb event being hosted at Royal Gorge and Sugarbowl tomorrow morning. The race course starts with three kilometers of flat skiing in the meadow at Royal Gorge and then climbs up the alpine area at Sugarbowl to the top of the Disney lift. It’s going to be brutal, especially in soft conditions. But Sugarbowl graciously offered lift tickets to the athletes as a part of their inspection of the course, and I -of course- seized the opportunity to show my xc athlete credentials in order to strap on some fatter skis (relatively speaking) for the day, and rip around at a place I’ve never skied before. I did a quick inspection of the cat-track leading up to the top, and then proceeded to “inspect” the other terrain and chairlifts Sugarbowl had to offer.