Day #3 a.k.a. Groundhog Day #2
The alarm clock went off and the wake-up call came in simultaneously at 4:50 AM and we were again livin' the dream. Out the door and up in Govy by 5:23 and by 5:30 Huck's was packed to capacity. The breakfast specialty of the day - breakfast burrito's; awesome!
I'm not sure how it happened but I ended up on first chair with Uros on both the Mile lift as well as the Palmer and we were at the top of the lanes by 6:45.
Today was a 1st in 17 years of coming out to Mt. Hood. All 3 courses were set and ready by 7:10 AM. The athletes were at the top of the lanes at 7:10 and started right in with their drill runs.
This was probably the best day we have had at Hood in the past two years. It was cold enough for the courses to hold up but finally the wind of the past two days subsided.
As the morning progressed the snowpack turned to "hero" snow. It was so good that we ended up taking a couple of free runs ourselves to arc a few turns. By the 1st course reset it was time to start salting.
Everyone was in a great mood, the weather was perfect, the snow was perfect and it was a productive day. Even Uros put on a helmet and took a run in the slalom gates.
Uros & Martina indicated that we would be switching over to GS for tomorrow so we headed down to get ready to return over 30 pair of test skis (and pick up 20 pair of GS skis) while the campers trained until noon.
The rest of the day was uneventful. For the athletes it was video analysis, dryland, dinner and the nightly meeting and for us it was returning & picking up test skis, tuning & setting skis up and the end of day meeting.
It is clear that everyone is starting to feel the long days and the camp was pretty quiet by 8:30 PM; 30 minutes earlier than the previous 3 nights.