Yesterday Dave & I were at Vail to check on our DODGE Ski Boots racers. It’s quite a scene, with many racers from many teams training on the terrific training hill at Golden Peak.
Aldo Radamus and the entire SSCV crew do a super job getting everything in tip-top shape and running a very smooth operation. There are 3 sessions per day: 7 AM to 10 AM; 10 AM to 1 PM, and; 1 PM to 4 PM. Within each session there are 8 training lanes, from Super G to Slalom. The temperature can swing wildly, (yesterday started at about 15 degrees and wound up like Spring in the 40’s) so the training conditions can vary.
At the bottom of the lift, there are dozens of skis, racers and service techs so it looks a lot like the bottom of Rock Gully at Coronet Peak in New Zealand.
And all this happens before Vail opens for the season.
It’s a pretty remarkable scene and certainly a great way to see many, many racers in a short time and space.
We got some turns in on the injected snow (still a lot of softer snow left over after the storms in the early part of the week.) It felt good to have my new DODGE carbon fiber ski boots dialed in right off the bat. The new last is very comfortable … I only did 2 simple ankle punches.) The new WC stiffness feels right, especially after i dialed in 1 degree of forward lean. And I left the cuff alignment neutral. I’m looking forward to more time on the hard snow, but so far it’s feeling good.
Did some boot work for Sabrina, Max and Meg yesterday afternoon so we’ll be following up with them today to fine tune things.
Stopped in to see Greg Hoffman who’s located in Vail Sports – Lionshead. They’ve already sold quite a few boots. And, the good news is they’re re-ordering even before the mountain opens!
Gotta run so we can catch the tail end of the Super G training.