Week #2-Day #3-Groundhog Day #8
Truly Groundhog Day #8, up and out the door again at 5:05 AM & in Govy by 5:20 staying just ahead of the ever increasing wave of racers heading to Huck's for breakfast. The cloud deck was quite low and quite thick but thankfully the Timberline web-cam indicated it was clear.
The Mile lift opened on time and the Palmer was delayed for 1-hour and then the lift OPS let coaches and "helpers" go up to the top of Palmer to get things started for the day.
While on stand-by on Palmer, Scully engaged the legendary Hermann Gollner in conversation. Hermann was an accomplished ski racer & freestyle skier, invented the 1st break-away slalom gate and is still a reknown racing coach & mountain climber.
When we finally reached the top of Palmer the lifties were quick to tell us that we needed to be careful exiting the upper lift station since the doors were still not completely open due to being snowed in after a 4-day storm cycle.
Once at the top they shut the Palmer down for a short while so the lift crew and snow-cat operator could clear a path for 4-people across to safely unload and exit the lift station.
The athletes finally made their way to the top of the lanes and began training at 9:30 and they did not come down until 1:30; after they had gone through 2 resets and on average 20 runs and close to 1,000 slalom gates for the day.
With training ending 1 to 1 1/2 hours later than normal our "work day" also started later than normal. The last test skis did not make it back to our garage until 2:45 & with the chageover from slalom to GS skis it was pretty hectic turning in 30+ SL's in exchange for 30+ GS skis.
Our day ended shortly after 9:00 PM as Dave, Tyler & myself finally were able to end what was the longest work day of this year's tour-of-duty. The forecast looks fantastic for Thursday and we are looking forward to some great GS testing & training.