August 15, 2006

Pink morning

The sky this morning was amazing; clear and cloud free and slowly changing from lilac to light blue as we drove up to the Catedral base area. As the pink wash was purged from the sky it flooded over the white of the mountains and bathed the tops in colour...

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Tetty commented on the fact that Piste 6 was nicely groomed, and then we started picking out lots of other grooming. They had been busy last night, most of the key areas that we usually ski had been worked on and the soft pink courderoy looked mighty inviting.

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We took the sextuple, as usual, and we amongst the first on, as usual. We then took the quad to the top and gazed out over the sunlit mountains and lakes. Hardly anybody else around so some of us did some nice long, high-speed, carved turnes to warm uo.

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The best thing about getting first lifts is the light and colour in the sky at that time in the morning. The second best thing is that nobody else is around and the slopes are deserted for a good 40mins to an hour.

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It was the first fully clear day for ages, so it just had to be a camera day.

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We did lots more technique work today and got lots of very personalised feedback from Tano. Short turns in one basher track led us to doing some exercises to keep our bodies straight down the slope - some needed this more than others but the 'no poles, arms straight up over your head' exercise worked well to tame the shoulders of those who habitually swung them. We then did a hands forward exercise and a poles pointing down the fall line exercise. All worked to stop the swinging in the upper body for those that had problems and were good exercises to remember for use on other for those with less of a problem.

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After lunch we did serveral runs under Condor II. Tano at the bottom, watching, as each of us came down one at a time doing controlled, long radius turns. The idea was to control speed and line. I was pleased, and surprised, to be told to speed things up after my first run; I'm usually too fast and I'd worked hard to slow things right down. After that I worked on slowing down the extension and flexion through the turn so that it was controlled and lasted for the whole of the turn rather than a simple "on/off" thing. Each run led to more tips and everyone was working at their own pace on different things.

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The picture above is the group that are sking with Tano this week. From left to right and then down... Neil, Tom, Me, Emily, Steph, Joe, Ant and Wil.


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Posted by Len at August 15, 2006 07:05 PM | Categories: Argentina 06 , Argentina 06 - Photo Album , Argentina 06 - Ski Days
Comments

That top photo reminds me of Mammoth Mountain in the evening, just as the sun is setting.

Posted by: Michelle at August 16, 2006 09:34 PM

Yeah, I can kinda see what you mean. It was never pink though ;)

Posted by: Len at August 16, 2006 10:06 PM
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