Boom

After a disappointing Southern Hemisphere season I  have kicked off the NH campaign with some great results. We left for Colorado November 1st and arrived to a lean snow cover on what should normally be reliable early season training grounds. After a couple of weeks conditions improved, and we were into it full swing to make up some training time.

I started to feel progressive improvements with my technique which was very satisfying.

Aspen NorAms was tough racing. Long, steep, bumpy courses and flat light made for challenging racing. There were sections of good skiing and I skied close to the top 30 but that is not good enough to get a result.

Then it was up to Canada for the Lake Louise NorAm downhill. I was pretty excited for this race and started to feel more confident after each of the training days. It took some nerves to fully attack sections of the course with speeds reaching 130km with the netting flashing by only 1x metre away from your outside ski.

Both days I finished with respectable results of 22nd and 24th. But was left somewhat frustrated as I thought I skied better than my times showed. But that is Downhill racing for you!

The NorAm Super G’s were at Panorama where the snow condition, whilst good, was lean on the top section of the SG course which lead to a lowered start and shorter run. After the first days racing it was clear in my mind what I needed to fix for my second day and thankfully I got out there and did it, scoring a personal best 32 pt result.

For the GS races my skiing was feeling stronger still and after falling off the pace on the second run of the first day I was determined to rectify that scenario on the second day. I pulled off one of my best runs this season to finish with the second fastest time and 8th overall, scoring a PB of 16 points. 

Stoked!!

It was a great finish for the year and it was an exciting feeling returning to NZ for the 1st Xmas back here in 8 years!

I having been enjoying some awesome summer weather in Wanaka, catching up with family and friends, watching some cricket, enjoying some boating and of course some intensive sessions in the gym (alongside Richie Mc Caw!)

Now it’s time to fire up and get back on the snow building towards World Champs at Beaver Creek early February.

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Snow making cloud forming on Copper Mt.

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Team mate- Luc, taking a ride on the eagle

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Mid lake swim on Lake Wanaka

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We don’t travel lightly

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Inspection at the top of Aspen GSIMG_2192

Adam Barwood riding in the tray- heading to Aspen GS race

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