Colorado Norams

Racing season has finally arrived for me!

Every year I struggle a little bit to get through the long summer training season. Working hard in the gym for a few months and then spending long days on the glaciers trying to prep my skills so I am ready to race. These days are essential to learn and get better as a racer but the extremely competitive side of me cannot wait for racing to begin! It is always a different feeling than training, especially at the beginning of a season… Everyone wants to know how they will stack up against other competitors and if they will be able to perform come race day. Its a long season and there will be plenty of ups and downs, but if you can get off to a solid start it can be a major confidence boost moving forward!

The Colorado Norams always include some top notch skiers from around the World. Many World Cup racers are in town getting ready for the Beaver Creek GS and these races are a great warm up for that event. This year was even more stacked than recent years. American and Canadian world cup teams were racing, as well as some German, Swiss, French, Fins, Italian, Austrian, Swedish and Norwegian racers. Everyone brought their A-game and there were definitely some excellent racers to follow and watch!

First we had the Slalom races at Loveland. In the past Slalom has not been my strongest event but I had some good training coming in and I felt pretty strong. I was able to ski into 11th place the first day which was excellent considering my best ever finish at that particular place was 25th. The second day I skied very well but was not able to finish the first run. We then moved over to Aspen for 2 GS races. The track was in incredible condition following the Women’s World Cup the previous days. I skied very well both days finishing 10th and 6th respectively earning some very valuable Noram Points. It was a great series for me and I am looking forward to building off these results!!

Next up for me is the World Cup GS at Beaver Creek on Sunday! My family is flying down to watch me for the first time at the World Cup level which is very exciting. I can’t wait to get in the start gate and charge down a track that I have been wanting to race for several years now. We will have 5 Canadians competing on Sunday so be sure to check it out!

’till next time.

Phil

Waiting for Inspection

Canadians in the finish!

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