I must admit that I had my doubts about pulling a 34-foot Airstream trailer into snow country, but it was smooth sailing behind our Ford Super Duty F-450. The 6.4 liter turbo diesel supplied more than enough power on high mountain passes, and it wasn’t until we reached the slopes of Beaver Creek that we required the use of a snowcat to drag the Airstream up the side of the mountain.
The World Cup weekend started with a bang as Bryon Friedman, former U.S. Ski Team athlete, played live music at the First Ascent kick-off party. It’s always fun to mix legendary skiers from different ends of the sport–like Jonny Moseley–Olympic gold medalist in moguls, to Daron Rahlves–world champion alpine racer, now qualifying for the 2010 Olympics in ski cross. By the end of the evening, we all ended up at the Coyote bar talking about how “it’s going to dump this year.”
This winter marks the 12th consecutive season that the men have raced World Cup in Beaver Creek. Each year the tradition grows stronger. Off the hill, this event has transformed into an annual celebration for our sport. On the hill, the racing was dominated by Carlo Janka, a 23-year-old Swiss man who managed to win all three events.
Fortunately, Ted Ligety and Bode Miller salvaged 4th place finishes for the Americans. I was especially encouraged by Bode’s result, as he seems to be back on track and poised for the Olympics in February. All in all, the Beaver Creek World Cup weekend was a great way to kick off the season. Now we just need a little help from Mother Nature so we can go ski some powder ….
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