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Once Again!!!

Awesome work to the Betties that were in Jackson Hole, Wyoming killing it in the Free Ski Competition!!! Loiuse placed 4th, yeah girl! Way to stand strong!!! Hailey Loeffler placed 8th and Hillari Spencer with a close 9th!!! So proud of you girls!

Alix

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Snowbird and Mary Boddington!

I know it is a little late but nice work to Mary Boddington on her awesome fourth place finish at the Bird!!!! Mad Props girl! You Rock!

Alix


Susan Mol, Line of a Lifetime

NZ Face

A line that stands out in my competitive history is one I did for the 2009 World Heli Challenge in New Zealand.  It stands out because of the wow factor, the pow factor, and most of all the suprise factor.  We didn’t get a photograph or a hint or ANYTHING that precluded what the contest face would be or look like.  All we knew is that it had just snowed 2-3 meters with no wind onto an already stable snowpack.  Did I mention the word Heli?  Yeah, everyone’s first look at the mountain was when the heli rose up out of the valley and in our face was this amazing spine covered, freshly painted playground. After studying the venue I developed a plan of attack.  Ride the ridge-down, flat, down and then hurl myself up to to highest point of the false summit, drop in, ride the short spine, big turns fall line looking for 4th shadow on right, roll over and make sure it’s the right cliff, huck, stomp, shred to the bottom.  All went as planned except for the stomp and regardless, I was happy to nail the exact descent I was going for.

Wanaka New Zealand - September 4th 2009: Susan Mol from Crested Butte in Colorado competes in the Big Mountain Day of the World Heli Challenge 2009


These are some big mountains, eh?

after I finished my qualifying run

I am back to work at the spa, and frankly, I am glad to be sitting around for a little while. I just spent a week in Revelstoke, British Columbia, where I was competing in the Canadian Freeskiing Championships. Now, I know that people here in the U.S. of A like to think that we have the best mountains on earth, but every dedicated ski bum really needs to set the time aside to go to British Columbia at some point in their lives.

This is the second time I have been skiing in B.C., the first being when I went cat skiing at Mustang Powder which is right down the road from Revelstoke Mountain Resort. Yet again, I was incredibly impressed by the terrain. Revelstoke mountain has 5,620 vertical feet of drop and 3,121 acres of skiable (if you feel up to the challenge) area. Let’s just say that gumbi legs doesn’t even come close to describing the feeling you have by the end of the day. This mountain is also home to my new and all-time favorite lift-serve run called ‘Kill the Banker.’ This run is probably a little under 2,000 vertical feet of endless pillows and perfect drops. When I arrived, it had just snowed two feet, so I was like a pig in &!$%. This run was the best thing to happen to me since the invention of double rocker.

In addition to frolicking around the mountain, I had to inspect my lines for the comp on the venues Separate Reality, North Bowl, and the famous Mackenzie Face. My qualifying run went well on Separate Reality.  I played it safe and stuck to skiing fast and only hit 1 8 ft. air and one 5 ft. air.  I placed third and was able to advance to the next day. Day one of the official competition was delayed due to weather but when it finally came time for my to ski, I picked a fast fluid line.

Inspecting my line on Mack Face to no availMy run was not as technical as the judges may have wanted, but I had a few good drops and finished in 7th place which allowed me to go on to the finial day on Mackenzie (a.k.a. Mack) Face. For our final run, we were dropped off on a ridge via a helicopter ride (way cool!), and as the first person to go, I served as a guinea pig of sorts. I was expecting powder turns, but as it turned out, Mack face was one giant lump of windslab. I was three big turns in when the snow literally ripped my ski off of my foot (As a 5’2 girl with my DINs at 11, this was a little strange). I was able to self arrest quickly, but took a conservative line down to the finish after I got my ski back on.

In the end, I placed 5th overall, which I am pleased with, but what I will remember more than the competition are the beautiful mountains, and my epic pillow runs I took with my boyfriend/photographer Dana and my younger brother Will.


SHOUT OUT!

Just want to congratulate Louise  and Alex for sending it in Revelstoke! Louise killed it! She placed fifth over all and qualified third! Thats CB Shred Betty’s finest right there!! We are so proud of our girls for giving it there all! Hope they have a safe ride home!

Alix


Back home…

While Louise and Alex Riedman are killing it at the BC comp , I have been finally settling down from the very busy Christmas season. I was able to get out on my snow-mo for the fist time in a couple of weeks and man was it an adventure! Of course starting the thing was a long endured process, then I put me and my doo sideways in the pow and had to stand on the uphill rail and use my body weight and my friend to tip it back over! After our awesome ski session we did a little sled-necking. I was going through the major deep pow at the Y up by Irwin, when I again tried to put my sled on its side. Thinking it was stuck I asked my friends for help. They were like, “you’re not stuck! Drive that thing out of there!” So I did and felt like I was going to eat it everywhere! That is my mini epic adventure…. to be continued.

Alix


A Trip with Vlade

Vlade the dinosaur

My butt is numb. I have been sitting in the car for about 15 hours now and am hoping that my legs will not have atrophied completely by the time I get to Revelstoke, BC.  Vlade, my brother’s soccer mom van, and I are bonding, literaly, as I am sitting in something sticky.

Vlade is named after a toy Triceratops my brother Will found in a Walmart parking lot who now sits on the dashboard, and despite what some people might think, Vlade proves that minivans are rad. We can fit at least 7 pairs of skis in here along with everything else, and I get my own bucket seat! Vlade is my new hero. In addition to lots of leg room, we get to listen to hours and hours of books on tape, and are slowly working our way through the Orson Scott Card series.

Other fun features of Vlade are:

  • At least 9 cup holders
  • my own bucket seat heating and cooling
  • windows that actually go up and down on command!!!! Even for my bucket seat!!!!!
  • electric doors (these don’t work anymore, but they once did and they were cool. I remember)

For all of you people out there who say to yourselves ‘ everyone knows that cool outdoorsy people should own a Subaru Outback’ (no offense FWT),  I challenge you to take a look in your rearview mirror. Do you have coffee splattered all over you? Are your knees around your ears? Just know that Vlade laughs at you as he travels majestically on towards the mountains of Canada.

~Weeze