November 11, 2006

Back in France
Well, I'm back in France and it's been quite a hectic few weeks getting here. I had to buy a car (Audi A4 Quattro Avant 3.0 TDI) pack it, sort out all the other stuff and finaly got on the...

November 12, 2006

New Skis
I picked up some new skis when I was in St. Gervais with Lucy. Since I'm doing slalom training and since I may, one day, want to do the "test technique" I thought I'd get "proper" race skis. So now...

Wind hold
Well, we were supposed to be training on the glacier today but the lifts are on hold due to wind. We were all up and ready nice and early and then sat in a cafe waiting for news. There are...

November 13, 2006

Ice on the cables
This morning we had high hopes. The weather was pretty clear, there didn't appear to be a great deal of wind up top. It was colder than yesterday, around -8 at the base but the sun was shining. We sat...

November 14, 2006

De-rail during de-ice...
Well... This morning things were better than yesterday; the wind was low enough for them to be able to move the gondola so that they could de-ice the cables... We sat in a different cafe waiting for the 9am update......

MP3 surgery required
One of the nice toys in my new car is a built in MP3 player with two SD card slots behind the sat-nav screen... Plug in a couple of cards and away you go... Part of the prep for the...

Skis work...
11am came around and we caught the bus back to the base from the hotel. Dougie was there with our lift passes and the lifts were running! Skiing! Woo! Today was a free ski day so that Phil could get...

November 15, 2006

Skis bite...
Today we skied gates. We started with some stubbies (small poles that aren't as scarey as real ones!) and once we were all comfortable with hitting the gates with our lower legs as we passed them, we moved on to...

November 16, 2006

More wind and more gates...
When we arrived at the train this morning the signs were telling us that it was high wind up top and that everything was closed... That didn't stop us and all the other racers from standing in line... We eventually...

November 17, 2006

110kph winds...
When we got to the base this morning the sign read that there were 110kph winds at the top and that everything was closed, next news at 9am... When the update came it wasn't good, the ski area would be...

November 18, 2006

Week in review: 1
I drove out, stayed over in St. Gervais with Lucy and collected my new skis. Due to the wind we only skied 3 days out of the 6 that we should have but the training was great and I'm already...

November 19, 2006

New coach
We have a new coach for the next two weeks, Blair Aitken who's an ex national team racer. Today we skied the morning outside of the gates and Blair got a feel for what we could do and what we...

Tignes is green...
Tignes needs snow... The rest of the resort is supposed to open on 25th......

November 20, 2006

What a difference a day makes...
It was snowing at around 9pm last night......

Gates, cross-blocking, hairpins and flushes...
Today we were straight into the stubbies first thing after our warm up. First we slid the course to inspect it and get an idea of what it was all about. It was more technically complex than the courses we'd...

November 21, 2006

Rhythm changes...
Today's course was set to teach us how to handle rhythm changes. It was a longer course, all of the full poles and all of the stubbies and included one new rhythm change device, an under gate, plus the flush...

Weather as forecast...
Today we had some snow in the morning, not a great deal, a couple of inches, perhaps, at the top and far less down in Le Lac. It cleared up around 11 ish and then the weather closed in again...

November 22, 2006

First decent snow
The snow from last night lasted through until early morning and this was the ski service "work bench" outside the Alpaka this morning....

Everyone on Rosolin
The snow last night was accompanied by strong winds and although the snow had stopped this morning the winds hadn't. As a result, the lift openings were delayed until after 9.30 and when they did open only Rosolin was open......

November 23, 2006

Faster
The goal of today seemed to be "faster"; both faster feet (we had several flushes one of which was about 4 stubby gates long and designed to be taken as straight as possible, this wouldn't have been too bad apart...

November 24, 2006

Steeper
Blair moved the course up on to 3500 today. This was much steeper than Rosolin; not the kind of steep that would have caused any of us problems if we were free skiing but steep enough to make the line...

November 25, 2006

Video from this week
Some of the video of me skiing gates this week....

Week 2
The second week of slalom training went very well. I feel like I'm improving but there's still a lot of work to do if I want to try my hand at the "test technique". Blair's a great coach and we've...

November 26, 2006

Smoother
Today I spoke to Blair about the video analysis that I'd done of myself over the weekend. He agreed that I should be moving smoothly throughout the turn rather than moving into position and then waiting and he pointed out...

November 27, 2006

All coming together
This morning I focused on practicing the smoother, more fluid and continuous movements that I'd been working on yesterday. This worked well and was very solid when I took it into the gates later on. Today's course on Rosolin was...

November 28, 2006

More of the same
Today I continued to work on smooth, flowing turns, progressive edging and hip angulation and a continuous, flowing, forward moving pole plant. It all worked well and my warm up on 3500 was almost as smooth and flowing as my...

November 29, 2006

Back to three five...
This morning we warmed up on 3500 again, we took the cable car to the top and then did one run down to the drag and then one all the way down to Rosolin. The visibility wasn't the greatest, we...

November 30, 2006

Cold on Champagny
Today we had a short course of full sized poles on Champagny, then a gap (to avoid the steep, icy roll over) and then a set of stubbies. Both courses were quite offset to keep the speed low on the...