Monday, March 3, 2008

Fusion 8 Skiercross Race at Timberline

This weekend I was able to take Saturday night off of work. I had several choices for the weekend. 1. Go to Portland and partake in the Urban Iditorod... this is basically a drunken tour around the Portland bar scene in ridiculous outfits as a team of "dogs" tow a rider "musher" in a shopping cart around town. Brendan Reser organized a team and apparently they had a ridiculously good time! For a complete slide show of their shinanigans CLICK HERE. From what I hear, they even made the evening news! 2. Go to Bend for a birthday weekend for one of my buddies and ski at Bachelor while staying in a ski house with a hot tub and widescreen t.v. 3. Head to Hood with Tiff, Dirty, and Skeevo to ski both days at Timberline while staying overnight in my Bivy in the parking lot.
I chose 3. because I'm broke right now. I would have been plastered and broke if I went to the Urban Iditorod, and driving to Bend by myself and buying two $70 tickets to ski there would have broken my bank. So I chose to use my pass at Mt. Hood and stay overnight for free in my Bivy in the parking lot. Plus, it gave me the chance to test out my new zero degree Big Agnes Bag, which worked amazing and kept me warm all night despite the 30mph wind gusts and temp in the teens. I love my new gear!
Saturday was a blizzard and Timberline got about 10 inches of fresh powder which made the tree skiing amazing. Hartz was at Hood Meadows winning a Skiercross event there while Holm and the Tiffster were with me skiing the pow. We had a great day! After we left Timberline we met up with Hartz at Government Camp and checked out a Czech bar for some beer before heading to Charlies for some burgers for dinner. We then hit up the Timberline lodge to lounge around by the fire until about 10:30 when we decided we should make our way to the cold and windy parking lot.
I thought my bivy was going to blow away as I set it up and blew up my mattress for inside it. I had to dig a hold in the wind blown snow drift between Hartz's truck and Chris' car. The snow plows ran all night and I was constantly awoken by them and scared they were going to bury me in snow inside my bivy! I woke up and about 6 feet from my head was the line were the snowplow blade had plowed in front of Chris's car! No wonder I didn't get much sleep despite how warm and comfy I was in my new bag.
On Sunday Chris, Aaron, and I entered the free Fusion 8 Skiercross race. It was mostly snowboarders with about 10 other skiers. They convinced me to wear my ridiculous $10 blue one piece ski suit from the eighties I got from the ski swap last fall. Therefore... I looked like a total Gaper. We each got 2 runs down the course. With everyone looking at me funny I decided to take it back to the late 80's ski style and went down in ridiculous tuck with my ski poles straight in the air and every rolling hill and jump I came to on the course (which you usually absorb with your legs to go faster) I jumped off of pulling twisters and spread eagles just like the ski stars of the 80's Greg Stump movies! Everyone in the crowd of onlookers and competitors laughed their asses off. Apparently I was the only one NOT taking the event seriously! When I cam back up for my 2nd run I doubt anyone there thought I knew how to ski so I decided to switch it up a little. At the starting line the cute girls who ran the event told me I needed to come to the award ceremony because I was the funniest thing they'd ever seen. I didn't hear them because I had my headphones on getting pumped for what I was about to do to blow their minds.... YEP, SKI THE GATED SKIERCROSS COURSE.... BACKWARDS. Everyone raced in pairs so I let Holm get a half second jump on me before I jumped a 180 and screamed down the course backwards looking over my shoulder. I can safely say it was the most dangerous and scary switch skiing I've ever done. I was flying around tight corners trying to make the gates and going off table top jumps and steep rolling terrain completely backwards. The best part is this... I WAS FASTER THAN MY FIRST RUN AND ACTUALLY BEAT SEVERAL COMPETITORS... BACKWARDS! When I got down, Hartz told me everyone up top went nuts when I turned around and blasted through the course backwards. Hehe...
We skied the rest of the day under beautiful blue skies hitting the terrain park and half pipe several times. I began feeling like crap so I took it easy in the park. We then headed down to the awards ceremony at the lodge. Hartz got 4th place for his best time and a national champ in the event of skiercross took 1st. The awards ended and I walked past the girls with my funny suit still on and said, "So... no awards for taking the course in reverse, eh?" They seemed really excited to see me and dragged me into their office to give me a free backpack and show me the great photo that you see above of me doing a spread eagle off a rolling hill in my first run. They said they'd never seen anyone run the course backwards before and said it was awesome. So yes, I kinda felt like a rock star! haha. It was a great weekend on the cheap and I ended up providing some entertainment for a lot of people and won a backpack for it! Now, I'm going to rest up because I think I'm starting to get sick... :(

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