After 2 long bus rides we arrived in Bariloche to pouring rain. Bariloche is a very cool hip city along a large lake called Lago Nahuel Huapi. Looking at the weather forecast the only clear day looked like the next day. It poured rain the entire evening, which meant it could be snowing up high. The next morning we boarded a crowded bus up to the ski area of Cerro Catedral. The ski area itself was very crowded and did not have a ton of terrain, we were able to find some good powder though! The mountains that lay in back all around Catedral were a different story. Huge peaks with beautiful spires lay all around. We had a fun ski day in the sun and then headed back to Bariloche, our main goal with coming to this area was hopefully to ski near those peaks and spires by going to stay at Refugio Frey. The weather again did not look promising and we were stuck hanging around the city for 3 days hoping the weather would break before we had to head back to Santiago.
After 4 days we received our window, we were a little concerned about all the precipitation in the past three days that we decided to take the hiking trail to reach the hut. We strapped our skis to our packs just bringing a sleeping bag and some pesos and set out on an adventure. We walked through mud and rivers that had been created by all the rain. Eventually after 3 hours of hiking with our skis and boots on our backs we were able to put our skis on and start skiinning. After only a few minutes of skiinning the trail become very thick with some type of bushes that later I came to know a little to well. I lost the trail and spent the next 2 hours battling my way up through the thickest trees and bushes I had ever seen. Finally arriving at the Frey I was welcomed by Basco the hut caretaker, Emilio the cat and Morgan who thankfully had found the trail.
The Frey looks out onto an amazing lake with tons of little couloirs and spires in the background. It was so nice to have a cold beer and a hot meal in the middle of this beautiful place! The next day the weather was beautiful and we set out to check the snow condtions and ski some couloirs. The snow was a little interesting, but we were able to ski some fun lines before it heated up. We met up with a canadian couple that were super fun to ski with and skied 3 really fun lines that day, two of them being couloirs. We arrived back at the hut after an awesome day and besides two other peoople that came to the hut that night we had the place to ourselves. The next morning we had to get back Bariloche so we skied one last couloir early before breakfast. It was my favorite one of the trip, it had all kinds of snow conditions, it was steep and had a small crux in the middle. We then made the 2/1/2 hour skin out to the ski area and back to Bariloche. What an amazing trip and cant wait to go back and explore more in that area!
Sunday, September 8, 2013
Today was my second day skiing in Portillo and it has been awesome to ski without pain. This place is so beautiful and you just feel at home in the mountains being here. I have been taking a few photos with Jonathan Selkowitz, who is an amazing photographer and just working on getting back onto my feet again. The womens US Ski Team is here training, including Lindsey Vonn and this being her debut back on snow since her injury. It is very motivating for me to be skiing around with the girls I grew up racing with even though we are on an entire different level now, their skiing and hard work are inspiring to me. I can still feel my leg on hardapack, but this is the first time I feel like I have skied without pain in a few years. The last couple years have been tough from my broken fibula to my shoudler dislocating when I wave to someone to the worst injury I have ever had which was my broken tib/fib. Last season I thought I was healed, but now that I am skiing since the first time since March 1st I realize wow, this is what it feels like to have no pain! It is amazing how the mind can trick you into thinking that you are okay. Now I am working on gaining back my confidence in my skiing thatI felt I lost last season. This is the first ski trip I have ever done without competing or racing and it feels so good not to have the pressures of having to perform. I simply get to ski for myself and it feels great. Thanks to Rob at Mountain Athlete again for making me feel strong again. Also Arcteryx, Head, Gu, Scott, Probar and JHMR for supporting me in my skiing endeavers! Next stop Bariloche, Argentina!
Friday, April 5, 2013
|My first comp back! Revelstoke!|
|Good Friends met through the season! Eva and I, she is recovering from torn ACL|
|My leg after the fall in Austria, no broken bones so that is good! Probably just was not quite ready for impact!|
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
After being in Austria for a week, the weather finally cooperated and it went blue. The venue looked beautiful with the new snow and the morning light looked gorgeous. I had the top of my line pretty dialed, but was not totally sure about my lower section. The guides had said that the snow was very deep, but not a lot of snow in certain sections. As I left the start gate I felt confident and felt that my normal self had finally returned and I was ready to ski aggressively. My mom, her friends and Brian were here for support which helped my confidence. My top section was deep powder and I think I even got a few faceshots. I then entered into the bottom section and as soon as I was in the air I could see that the ending was going to be like landing in a parking lot. I could not believe that the snow was so different and not even an inch of snow lay in my landing. As soon as I hit felt my poor right leg jam forward and then back, it felt as though it had exploded again. I got up and skied to the finish as soon as I could but my leg was killing me. I do not think it is anything serious, but at the moment I have a huge bump and I can barely walk. I am hoping for the best, but the pain is tough to handle. I am so bummed, because I was just starting to finally feel strong again. I am still hoping that it could heal by Verbier, but now I just want to be able to ski the rest of the season. It was a fun day of competing and only a few injuries. The women skied incredibly strong again and it is really awesome to see the ladies uping the game!
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Austria so far has been a blast, I love trying all the food and seeing the sights. We arrived last Thursday and we were supposed to compete on Saturday. The weather and the conditions have put us on standby. When we went to the venue it was incredibly punchy and icy snow, which we all agreed is the worst for hitting airs and trying to ski to our potential. Fieberbrunn has some really fun terrain and is a very quiet town in Austria. The people are very nice and very excited to have our event. My mom and her two friends have been here so we did some exploring we went to Salzburg and visited the castle, a beautiful church and had a very traditional Austrian meal. Monday we skied Kitzbuel which is a great town and very impressive ski area. The last run of the day we skied the run where the Hahnenkamm is held and that was amazing to see! Just imagining it as a downhill course gave me goosebumps. There is ton of terrain changes and it is a very long downhill. I am now back in Fieberbrunn awaiting the competition. It gives me some time to get some work done for the gym and just ski! Hopefully are competition will happen Saturday!
Friday, March 1, 2013
This season has been a little rough for me just trying to get my confidence back, but that is not an excuse I am skiing the best that I can ski right now. Today I had a lot of fun with my line and I thought it was solid. Last year I won the competition here and thought it would be really fun to ski my same line, but try and do it better. The conditions this year were less than ideal and I knew I needed to ski accordingly, but I felt confident and ready! Then people in front of me started to crash so I figured I would take it just a tad slower. I entered into the top a bit hot and got knocked off my edges and skied slower than I wanted to, after that I thought I brought it back. I was happy with my skiing and my speed on the bottom, but it was only good enough for 4th, which I am happy with, but not what I would like!! The girls skied well today and I am stoked for every single one of them! I just feel that I have taken a step back in my skiing not a step forward. I am not giving up and hopefully I will get it in one of the next 2 competitions! Next week is the Austrian stop so I am looking forward to that competition. I love the freesking family and pushing myself and I have to realize why I do this and hold onto that! Going out of the start gate is already a true feat. So psyched for Lars winning the boys as well! A fun day of competing.
Friday, February 8, 2013
|skinning in front of Lone Peak|
|Elyse getting some air time!|
|Chris doing what he does best!|
Today we did a lifestyle shot, which involved a bit of acting, or should I say singing. We used Keely's dads old truck a 1974 Dodge and loaded all of our stuff up into it and Chris shot us driving up and down the road singing the Big and Rich song Save a Horse Ride a Cowboy. Since we were three ladies we changed the lyrics to save a horse ride a cowgirl! This was very fun to see the production that goes into shooting a small segment like this. Chris a few times was hanging out of the back of the truck as we drove behind another shot involved mounting 125,000 dollars worth of camera gear on the hood of the truck. We had to sing the Big and Rich song over and over, the good thing is that our voices will not be used just our lip movements! We tried to sing the song the best we could but we are skiers not singers. We changed the lyrics a bit, but here is what we sang over and over. It was an incredibly fun day and it is so fun to work with people that are such professionals! Tomorrow some more skiing at Big Sky! We are hoping for sun!
"I am a thourougbr
ed that is what he said in the back of my truck bed getting buzzed on suds on some back country roads we were flying high fine as wine having ourselves a big n rich time and I was going just as far as he would let me go but his evaluation of my cowgirl reputation had me begging for salvation all night long so I took him out, sang him every Willie Nelson song and we made love and I saddle up my horse and I ride into the city and i make a lot of noise because the boys are so pretty riding up and down broadway on my own my old stud Leroy the boys say save a horse ride a cowgirl!"
Everything is loaded up ready to go!
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
|Silas skiing the Rectilegne!|
|Looking back up at the waterfall under the Chapeu.|
It has been challenging to run my gym while traveling, but I am so lucky to have some great girls working with me. I realize now that having your own business is not easy and even when traveling it is constant work!! I also just found out I get to film with Warren Miller starting this Tuesday in Big Sky Montana! I am so excited for this opportunity it is something I have always wanted to do since I was a little kid! Next competition Kirkwood, CA on the 27th of February!
Monday, January 28, 2013
The competition did not pan out the way I wanted it to, but I did receive 5th place which is good to have for points. I was having a very hard time choosing which line I was going to ski and I did not choose between the 2 lines until the start. Usually I know what I want to ski the night before so this was a little different than the normal routine. After Revelstoke, crashing and having tough conditions my confidence had taken a big dive. It is amazing how mental this sport it! This has already been a tough start to the year coming back from 2 injuries and trying pick up where I left off at the end of the season last year. The decision was to go with my plan A, which was a steep chute with only one air with a very fast landing. I knew that one air was not going to be enough unless I skied it with no hesitation. I have fealt a lot of pressure as well being one of the reigning world tour champions and Christine who is the champion from the Europe tour is having an amazing season winning the first 2 stops thus far. It is very hard to not let all that get into your mind!
As I left the start gate my nerves were far to high and I was not my normal charging self from the gate. I entered into my section and it was very steep, tight and chopped up! I tried to ski fluidly thorough, but got caught up more than I thought and hesitated a bit to much for only having one small air. Choosing this line and not skiing it well definitely cost me chance at the podium. It does give me some fire and motivation for the next event, which is in Kirkwood Ca at the end of February. I still had a really good time on my run and competing in Chamonix is a pretty amazing opportunity!
Friday, January 25, 2013
After being home for just 10 days working at the gym and coaching the womens camp in Jackson I flew to Chamonix yesterday for the second stop on the Freeride World and we are competing tomorrow! I love Chamonix and the energy, everyone in this town loves skiing and they are so supportive of our event. The face we are skiing has a few options, but the ladies once again have to compete last so that makes it tough for line choices. There are a lot of options though and I am just excited to ski! The bib draw was tonight in the center of Chamonix, I am running 7th for the ladies and am happy with my start position. After my crash in Revelstoke I am not sure if my confidence is great, but getting a crash out of the way definitely helps! Tomorrow the competition will be live at 9 am Euro time, girls are set to go at 1230 pm, which will be 430am mountain USA. Thank you Head, Scott, Mountain Athlete ,JHMR and all my sponsors for your support! Also thank you to all my family, friends and clients!
Friday, January 11, 2013
|Beautiful viewing area!!|
|The "Mac Daddy evil"|
|The ladies scoping their line|
|watch out we are mean fighting machines!|
|Eva and I|
Sunday, January 6, 2013
|2013 view of Mac Daddy!|
|Nat and I inspecting!|
Tuesday, January 1, 2013
|The "Mac Daddy"|
|The top of Mac Daddy!|
|Jess and I last year waiting for our Heli to the top of the face!|