Copper Mountain was once again host for USASA Nationals.As in previous years, we arrived early to
take advantage of the extra SBX Practice Days and to try and better acclimate
to the altitude.In fact, I had been
living in Breckenridge for a month prior to Nationals, coaching in the Ski& Ride School and had adapted fairly well to the high alpine environment.Ale showed up a few days in advance and put
in some gym time in an effort to acclimate to the altitude too.We were both excited to get some quality
practice runs in on a full-length course.
primary theme for all of the Practice Days at Nationals was “Progression”. On Day #1, after inspecting the Copper
Course, we spent most of our time dialing in our skills on the Start Section. It took a certain level of aggressiveness
combined with rhythm and flow to smoothly handle the start features. Ale did a good job with the technical nature
of the start section and showed solid progression in speed and confidence
throughout the day.
Beginning of the Start Section
View From the Gate
so often, and towards the end of the session, we took a few ½ speed, full-length
runs.On course, our goal was to set a
solid race line and determine what features/sections were going to be
particularly challenging and would require specific work on Practice Day #2.There was some course redesign work going on
in the bottom section, which you can see in the video, where we had to go off
course to avoid a closed feature.
boards ran really well, we both felt strong throughout the entire day and the
course was fast and fun. We finished up
with some video analysis and practice review after dinner. Both of us were satisfied with our performance
and effort from the practice session and were anxious to get back out there
again the next day.
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