Weather disrupts play

    Zermatt day 2.
    78km/ph wind.
    10:45 am and heading off the mountain.
    Always disappointing not to be able to get out and do what’s planned but time is well spent discussing and agreeing our workshops.
    The mornings plan had been to switch the order around in the demos. Not to change anything, but to give everyone an appreciation of being in different positions.
    There are very different requirements depending on where you are in the line with very different strengths being utilised.
    The front is the most visible, requiring really strong, technically accurate skiing that is super precise, combined with the broad shoulders of responsibility to lead the demo. Speed, corridor width, depth of turn, positioning on the slope all hang off the leader. Plus timing our choreographed formation changes.
    It’s pretty tough up there, exposed, visible, responsible.
    At the back it is a very different story.
    Messy, bumpy, poor visibility. It gets ugly back there.
    Technically accurate skiing, although the goal, has to be compromised to keep the precision of the formation. It’s about being comfortable getting a little out of shape to deal with stuff and keep the line clean to keep the visual impact strong. Ignoring the spray, the battering from chunks of snow, the blind spots and just focussing on the spacing and line.
    Exillerating.
    Demo skiing has come on since the days of synchronised short swings. It is fast, intense and requires a great deal of focus and trust in those around you.  And we intend to make sure that the speed makes our skiing and demos impressive and we get as many positive comments as we did last time in St Anton.

 

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First day back on snow

Day one on skis again.  Always interesting.  Always fun.

This season, my 31st, it was Zermatt, Interski Training and what a way to start the season.

Amazing weather, iconic mountains, perfect snow and intense skiing with an inspiring group of skiers.

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We had one run to warm up and find our feet, then straight into picking up the demos from where we left off at the end of last season in Hintertux.

We started with “4 Snakes playing”.  Slowly to start off with, even walking through the demo to ensure we all remembered where we were and our particular role.  4 lines of 3 and I’m at the back of the 3rd line.  We are wanting to have 3 changes of pattern in each demo, making the demos visually exciting and interesting but simple enough so we can still focus on high performance skiing and make our skiing strong and representative of BASI’s philosophies.

Number 3 in line 3, I follow.  This is a good one for me to settle back in, tune into my skiing again and focus on being precise.  Without any space or capacity to be distracted by my inputs, it is all about directing the skis where they need to go for me to stay on the line and get the spacing right.  It’s going well.

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Demo 2 is quite different.  Three interlocking diamonds – “Funky Diamonds”.

I lead the back Diamond of 4.  Shadowing Amanda leading the front diamond for the first 9 turns before switching my focus to crossing with Lynn, the leader of the second diamond.  As Amanda’s team peel off, we continue to cross with Lynns diamond for a further 4 turns before she peel’s off.  I have to remember not to go with her, but keep the same tempo as they break right.  We then put in a further 4 turns before breaking left into punchy turns and joining the end of the line for the finish.

I struggled with this one to start with, getting the turn shape and tempo from Amanda and then figuring out when my focus needed to change and where to change it to.  The last couple of runs at it were better, not being distracted as the pattern changed, and able to tune more into the quality of skiing.

Tomorrow brings the revamped version of probably our best run at the last congress “Tickle, tickle, bang, bang” and another day working hard to show the very best of BASI to the rest of the world.

BASI Interski Demo Team Training Weekend, 17-19 May 2014

The BASI Interski Demo team descended upon the misty slopes of Hintertux in May 2014 to get stuck into their first training weekend as a team. Despite the tricky conditions, the weekend was a huge success with some fantastic skiing and impressive routines appearing through the mist…

 

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