It crazy how life changes. On Monday, I had no plans of competing on the Freeride World Tour 2013. By tuesday, I had a flight booked to Chamonix. By Wednesday, I was standing at the bottom of the competition face for the second stop of the Freeride World Tour. Apparently, I just can’t get enough of this wonderful sport.
I am so excited to be here. Sometimes you just feel like you are in the right place at the right time. Hopefully, I will feel the same standing in the starting gate tomorrow. The competition will begin at 9am. The men will kick off the competition. I was a little disappointed that the women would not run first, until I heard that the men will load the tram at 5am and will have to start hiking in the dark. The hike is predicted to take 90 minutes. The first woman should leave the starting gate at approximately 12:30pm. I’m feeling better about skiing after the men and waking up at 8am even if there will be a few tracks on the face.
The face looks great and the snow looks even better. Two mountain guides skied the face today. The snow looked blower. I’m psyched! I have not found a line yet, but that isn’t abnormal. I prefer to have options and see how I feel in the morning. We will hike up the looker right couloir which will give me great view of the venue, up close and personal.
There will be a live feed for the competition tomorrow at www.freerideworldtour.com. The men will run at 1am MST and the women should run at 4:30am MST. I was lucky enough to choose bib 11, aka last, for the women! Wish us luck!