Week #2 begins and other than our morning routine of a 4:30AM wake-up call, heading to Huck's at 5 and arriving Timberline by 6; things began to change.
Erich, Sarah & Martina watched over the drill runs as the rest of the coaches and "helpers" hurried to get courses set.
Courses were set, conditions were perfect and the groups started skiing gates. The clouds started moving up the mountain and visibility began to diminish quickly. No sooner had we started we were advised by Timberline's lift operations that they were closing the Palmer lift because the front was moving in much quicker than anticipated.
Half of the athletes were not allowed to load at the middle station which meant those of us at the top of the mountain had to bring their bags down to them. Everyone then headed to the bottom of the Mile to regroup.
The day was not lost as the coaches found space on the west side of the Mile lift. Courses were set, salted and the training resumed. The group went "old school", skiing the courses and then hiking back up to repeat the process. Sam Nelson was the Iron Man for the day getting in 12 runs.
The day concluded with the 7 PM meeting and as always the highlight was Erich's stories spanning back 60 years of summer camps.