Been upping the training a little the last few weeks, with around 10,000 vertical meters of skinning and skiing in the last 2 weeks. Not that much when you consider the Pierra Menta is that much vert in only 4 days! In saying that its not all about the vertical- I've had some slow days, speed work out and tempo sessions and things seem to to falling into place training wise for me for the first time since around February.
Possible 2nd ascent of the 1st day of The Tour
Some of this training has been getting out and about exploring the course for The Tour, a backcountry ski race that I am organizing this September.
Yesterday Lorenzo and I explored what could be the course for the first day of racing, the area north of Cheeseman ski area.
Lorenzo tears in to Yukon Bowl
After skiing west off the back of Cheeseman we meet up with Damo and headed toward Yukon Bowl and then up Mt Wall.
Lorenzo booting out of Yukon Bowl, up Mt Walls sunny North slopes
Lorenzo dropping a steep line off Mt Walls south face
Once on Mt Walls west ridge we started eyeing up some of the steep liners that face south, towards Cheeseman ski area. I always get asked as I am skinning up at Porters or Cheeseman "are you cross country skiing?". I guess yesterday we were extreme cross country skiing as Lorenzo had no issue scrabbling up a steep, exposed ridge to drop in to a 40 degree coulior on his 160cm race skis and carbon boots.
Damo about half way down our dog legged line
Damo and I opted out of the ridge scrabble and skiing a nice little dog legged chute that had a few turns before opening out onto the snow field below.
A nice day of 1300m and we made it back just as the wind was starting to howl.