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    Pacesetter Trials report from Crotched Mountain

    Hi folks

    I'm in bed nursing a massive chest cold. I called in sick this morning for only the third time in nearly fifty years.

    Last Friday we drove to Crotched Mountain in southern NH for the New England pacesetter trials. Fortunately we left ourselves extra time because there are two Crotched Mountains in NH about thirty miles apart. Two different GPSs took us to the wrong one.

    Crotched is a very nice operation with a brand new high speed quad and an excellent race course.

    I had some difficulty on my first coats run and almost bailed but recovered to finish. They weren't posting the results and I found out later I had a 19 HC. I felt the second run was better. I went into the lodge to change for the suits race and when I came out was told that missed my second time. Unfortunately they had already reset the gates. The solution was to have me make another coats run on the reset course and manually calculate my HC. Whoever did the data entry, entered it for the wrong course! Fortunately Bill is a whiz at these calculations and determined that my coats HC should be 16.51. The suits HC is 13.59.

    Last year the two numbers were 15.79 and 13.99. Not a lot of change.

    Slalom was a different issue. Before last Friday I might have done four slalom races in my life and I think I only finished one of them.

    The first run I took off like a bat outta hell but when I got to the third gate I ran out of experience, catching a tip and losing my ski. I ran a second time and skied off the course hiking back up to go around the missed gate. The third time the course was icy ruts and I held on for dear life. I think AJ "edged" me by 17 seconds....

    Okay, I suck at slalom but I was pretty happy with the GS results.

    All in all, it was a fun day.
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    CM is about 20 minutes from my door Pat. They do have a nice operation there and have a well run competition race program. Emma had a junior GS race there just before Christmas and they had the hill ready. Looking forward to seeing you at Okemo soon. I made it up for the opening day of Nastar.

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    Yikes Patrick, being sick is no fun!! Get well pal, we need you on the hill happy and healthy.


    Quote Originally Posted by patmoore View Post
    The first run I took off like a bat outta hell but when I got to the third gate I ran out of experience, catching a tip and losing my ski.

    This quote had me laughing hysterically!! "Ran out of experience". That my friends, may be the funniest NASTAR Forum quote, ever!! But come to think of it, I resemble that remark.


    Quote Originally Posted by patmoore View Post
    I think AJ "edged" me by 17 seconds....
    Fuxi beat me by a mere 13 seconds in our Master's GS race on Saturday. New knees has not made me any faster, just racing pain-free! :)
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    The cold got worse. When my temp hit 104.4 yesterday Penny took me to the emergency room. Turns out I have the flu and am out of commission for a week.

    I'll be healthy for the Eastern Championships!
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    Pat,
    So sorry to hear that. I've got the sniffles, but lucky so far.
    Get well soon.
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    Pat,
    Taking for granted you're better by now. It was nice meeting you at Crotched. I'm the one that came up to you at the base by the quad and introduced myself. I think I had gates or a drill with me.

    First time I went to Crotched many moons ago, I did the same thing. There's the Inn at Crotched Moutain, Crotched Mountain Rehab, and of course the ski area. I ended up at the Inn.

    The Pace Setter trial was a fun day. The course you ran is our Adult League course. The weekend course starts lower so it doesn't block traffic, More of a sprint; usually a sub 20 PAR. I'm working on convincing the mountain to move the weekend course to Big Dipper. This would allow us to block off the trail, have a longer weekend race course and a little more pitch. Won't interfere with the public's traffic flow back to the Hi Speed Quad or Lodge either. Even the corral would be out of the way. Right next to a lift too and would have some nice rollers so you can have fall-aways.

    Maye I'll see you at next year's trials.

    Ken

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