In typical Redneck Racing fashion, our last trip to Norway was planned absolutely last minute. After spending 5 weeks in VT working out, I was getting really antsy to get back on snow. On October 3rd my old coach from UVM, Johnny Davidson, messaged me and told me that there was good snow in Geilo, Norway. I went on google flights and looked and there was a 213 dollar one way ticket from Boston to Oslo on October 7th, four days later. So I booked it. I messaged fellow Redneck Tucker Marshall and our "intern" for the camp, St. Mikes' Cam Furrer, and let them know how cheap it was. So they booked it too. Fast forward four days and the three of us were driving to Boston with our skis and no real plan for training but we had our super cheap plane tickets to Oslo.
We arrived in Oslo, got in our economy sized rental car and drove the 3 hours to Geilo. When we arrived in Geilo we were having a really hard time getting a hold of anyone. We drove up to the ski area and checked it out, couldn't really find anyone to talk to about training, so then we drove around for a while trying to find good deals on hotels. The cheapest hotel that showed up was actually just a hole in the ground so that was kind of a bummer. With a little more research we found a place that was actually cheaper than the hole in the ground and maybe smaller than our economy rental car. It had four beds, no running water, no sheets and no bed bugs as far as we could tell. So we were satisfied.
I’m super excited to be teaming up with my former ski club/school, the Mt. Mansfield Ski Club and Winter Academy, as an ambassador this year. I had an awesome experience skiing there through high school and a PG year and I’m psyched to be able to return and ski with the next generation of MMSC/MMWA skiers. While I can’t wait for winter to come, I did spend a lot of time on snow over the past four months. Here are some photos from my training and racing this summer, starting with a two week camp to France with MMSC.
First off, I want to thank EVERYONE who helped out this year, in any way, shape, or form. There were so many people that helped make this season possible and I am so grateful for every little, big, medium thing that people did for not only me, but the rest of the Rednecks as well. It was a great first year on Redneck Racing and I'm looking forward to many more!
I ended my last post over six months ago saying, "No more two month breaks with no posts from this guy." Technically I didn't say anything about six month breaks so I wasn't lying... I suck. I'm sorry. I kind of completely forgot I had a website. A LOT has happened since then. I went from Colorado to Finland, back to Colorado, home to Vermont, out to Panorama, back east for two months of training and racing, back west to Calgary and Nakiska, back home to Vermont, across the pond to Slovenia, back across the pond to end my season in beautiful New England. After years of being a GS "specialist" this was my first year focusing most of my energy into slalom. Although I didn't achieve my goal of earning a World Cup spot for all of next season through the Nor-Am standings, I made a ton of progress with my skiing, and am way closer to my main goal of being the fastest slalom skier in the world. Here are a few stats/highlights from my season.
-I had 10 of my 11 best FIS slalom results of my career this year, including my 5 best
-6 FIS slalom wins, which was the 4th most in the world (going into this year I hadn't won a race since 2012, and hadn't won a slalom since a Junior Race in 2006)
-11 slalom races 14 points or lower (going into this year I had two)
-First career Nor-Am slalom podium
-First career Eastern Cup win
-Won 5 consecutive FIS slaloms
Here are some photos and videos of what I've been up to over the last six months!