The first COSMIC Ski race of the season was also the only local race of the series as the rest will require an overnight stay for me. This one was at Wolf Creek and I'll post more photos when they become available. The cool news is that this year they have Veterans Category (old man, over 45 years of age) so it gives me something to shoot for. I finished well, 24rth overall, with 54 entrants, and I finished on the podium in 3rd place in the Veterans Category. I feel like if had I been able to descend better, I could have contended for the overall. Descents were really my problem as I climbed and raced well. A few minor mistakes, a skin issue, and one misstep into turn that had me slide down on my back on Alberta Peak (also losing a ski, which I was fortunately able to catch!). The back slide down the icy Alberta Peak was not all that costly - a few minutes or so. But they all add up in a short race like this.
A little blood on the face too, but no injuries. Either from the slide or perhaps one of the times I downhilled/slammed through tree branches.
No prize money in these races but I did score some cool Julbo goggles (my only other pair of goggles are 15+ years old), a Dynafit hat, and a La Sportiva coffee cup.
Jeni took a photo of me getting near the finish line below (finish at the white popup). I skipped the typical lycra body suit and went with the more comfortable two piece Millet Pierra Menta - I loved it. Each front jacket pocket could capably hold 2 skins each. My Millet pack looks large but besides the usual beacon, shovel, probes, and water bladder, I carry my down jacket from CAMP. Call it a security blanket, but if you get injured out there it may be a long wait until you have a chance to warm up. It's pretty light anyway. One racer broke his leg out there, but fortunately he was near the base area. I was right behind him when it happened. Brutal scene.
Course Map below.
After the race we took the little one over to the Wolf Pup beginner hill. She did several runs and just loved it, with Jeni holding her from behind using the trainer ropes.
I love Wolf Creek! I taught Jeni to ski here ~25 years ago. And now she is here teaching our daughter. Wow, time flies!