Monday, January 30, 2012

It's Definitely Race Season

Ale (#6) and Ashley (#15), Whitetail 2012

Between racing and work and some other volunteer stuff, January has been crazy-go-nuts. One major lesson from this race season so far: lake effect snow can turn a 3.5 hour drive home from NY into a painful 7 hours...

Here are a few pictures from the first races of the season at Whitetail and Holiday Valley...thanks to the USASA Appalachian Series (my home series) and the Western NY Series for hosting such great race events. First in Women's Masters so far for all of the races. Videos and detailed updates coming soon!!!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Snowpack and Snow Leopards

This past weekend the conditions finally were decent enough to spend two full days in the snow without: a) rain, or b) granular springtime-like gross stuff. There are some rocks scattered in a few areas, but for the most part we rode and carved in SNOW! La NiƱa has been less than helpful with producing a sustained snowpack this season, although this snow leopard will take whatever cold temperatures and snow she can get.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Finally, we have some snow...sort of...

We finally have snow in western Pennsylvania!

Sort of.

December was full of travel and riding, and January is turning out to be the same. For the most part, the travel has coincided with the 40 to 50 degrees F days, and the riding also has coincided with some of the 40 to 50 degrees F days (with at least some snow covering the slopes). Snowboarding in the rain is less than fun, but I keep reminding myself to be thankful that I've been able to make at least a few turns this season.

There are a few posts in the works with updates on riding, climate and geology, how to keep up a healthy 2300 calories per day while on a crazy cross-country trip, and my World Wildlife Federation "Find Your Inner Animal" results, but those need some additional work before the meantime, enjoy the video from opening weekend at Seven Springs in December (featuring my bro, Michael, and his Atlanta crew):