The early season near-record setting heat wave finally has broken. It was still very warm but the combination of a 10 to 15 degree drop in temp's and gusty winds resulted in much better training conditions.
In the past the Timberline lifties have ranged from really great to complete pains in the buttocks. This year's crew has been fantastic and far more accommodating allowing coaches on the lift at 6:30 versus 7. By the time the racers are at the top, the courses are set.
In addition to the Sailer Camp being in session, coaches Scully, Pete Maxwell & Lauren Samuels are now at Mt. Hood on Lane 9 with Team Gilboa. Tomorrow Pete Jones & the TR2 crew show up as well.
For the 1st time this summer a "gang" of the snowfield raven's have shown up. When it comes to intelligence, ravens rate right up there with chimpanzee's & dolphins. We have seen them actually open a campers backpack and remove and consume the enclosed lunch.
On Monday we threw 38 bags of salt, Tuesday 30 bags and today 20. The courses held up much better and the training went off like clockwork.
Timberline Lodge was built as a Works Progress Administration project in the mid 30's and was formally dedicated by president Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1937. It is an absolute architectural gem that was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1977.
The remainder of the day for the Pierce Crew was spent tuning and switching over from slalom skis to GS skis. Meanwhile the campers went to their video sessions and dryland. You can tell that everyone is getting a little tired as our day wrapped up "early" at 8:30 PM.