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March 2016

Would Jesus have turned in his grave?

Easter Saturday was not just about cute Easter bunnies and egg hunting this year, no – this was crazy lunatic day in Revelstoke (and other ski resorts around North America), namely G.N.A.R day! G.N.A.R stands for Gaffney’s Numerical Assessment of Radness and was invented as a game by Scott Gaffney and extreme skier Shane McConkey and is all about having fun while skiing. Participants drum up points by doing the most ridiculous things; like calling your mother on the phone while skiing down a steep chute with no clothes on! Or skiing up to a stranger saying “I’m the best skier on the mountain”. G.N.A.R day falls every year on the 26th of March as a tribute to Shane, who died on this day in 2014 while ski base jumping in the Dolomites.

These guys would have fitted right in there in Courchevel in 1983. Just the mono ski is missing

The last ski race weekend not only saw some great skiing by the Revelstoke U12 kids but also some great entertainment while waiting. Oh yes, we had naked people here too! Continue reading “Would Jesus have turned in his grave?”

Nancy Greene Festival in Sun Peaks

Yup, folks – yet another race weekend for the Breadbaskets. This time we had been hyped up by our local friends: the Nancy Greene Festival in Sun Peaks was supposed to be a lot of fun for racers and parents.

Sun Peaks Ski Resort
Sun Peaks makes a good attempt at looking like an Alpine village. Quite successful, actually, on this bluebird Saturday morning.

And a lot of fun it was: over 500 kids came together, starting on a bluebird Saturday to compete in four skills events: skier cross, speed trap, jump and moguls and a glalom (that’s a mix between giant slalom and slalom with slightly tighter gates than a GS – two runs with combined time). Organisation was perfect, the event rolled along very smoothly: the bigger kids competed in the skills events on the Saturday and had their two run combined time glalom on Sunday, whereas the younger kids fought it out in the glalom on Saturday and the skills on Sunday. And that’s what it looked like: Continue reading “Nancy Greene Festival in Sun Peaks”

Brother helps sister

Very much to the parents’ pleasure little Molly also caught a severe bout of ski fever. Lately, with the temperatures going up and the snow, at least in the lower areas, becoming a bit slushy, Molly started to complain that her skis were too slow. Now, the last wax had been applied for the race in Kicking Horse – over three weeks ago! Time to get working on those skis again. Except that this time it wasn’t Daddy, who had a go at it, but big brother Max:

Big brother waxes skis of little sister.

Max fully understood that the performance of the skis could not remain as bad as it was and grabbed the waxing iron to apply the rather excellent “Revelstoke Butter”, a simple, but effective ski wax.


Racing in Silver Star – Up’s and Down’s

Yet another race weekend in Canada. This time it was a boys’ weekend: Max and a race buddy of his from Revelstoke’s U12 and the two dads had a condo booked in Silver Star – a resort that we had already visited for a previous race. The condo was great: ski in, ski out, two bedrooms, so no need for messy sleep sofas or Murphy beds.

Skiers meditate
One would hope the young racers watch Ted Ligety or Felix Neureuther. But no – a horrible remake of “The Longest Yard”, starring Adam Sandler as American Footballer, is holding the youngster’s attention.

Despite the apparent lack of professional pre-race meditation the first race day went pretty well: Continue reading “Racing in Silver Star – Up’s and Down’s”

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