Right now I’m sitting against the window of an old school S80 aircraft, a businessman sitting to my right, a child yelling in the background, and I have consumed myself in doing work. Well, let’s face it, my work is a lot better than most. I just flew back to my summer home to check up on my company, take a few meetings, and overall make sure things were running smoothly. Now I’m headed back to what everyone really wants to be doing, playing in the snow and having a good time while getting paid. In the past 30 days I have been to Canada twice, Colorado, Utah, and Texas. 2 trips by plane, 2 by car… my preferred method of travel.
Riding this season has been a little sub-par by my own regards. Out of all the competitions so far going out in the first round or having qualifying crashes has not been great on self-esteem. The last races at Big White Resort near Kelowna, BC were almost cancelled due to adverse weather conditions where even after athletes had qualified to race visibility was down to less than 75 feet at points. Needless to say not ideal when your friends and acquaintances are going to be at an intimate distance of 6 inches or less with razor sharp snowboards attached to your feet sliding along at an average speed of 40mph. At the end of the day I had bruised ribs and a bruised shoulder. Both were hit twice, once on a day 1 crash. The second time while I was working through a heat and was taken down in turn 7.
With the Granite business still going strong I’m headed back to Salt Lake City for a few weeks to get back on snow, then it looks like a fun shot to ride Aspen for a day or 2, some more CO snow, and then the rest of the competition season. Canada could come into play at least twice more as well as Colorado and a set of rescheduled NorAm races TBD. Look for more upcoming pictures and blog posts, hopefully this car will go and a new Audi can be thrown in the mix to close out the season.