Saturday, 18 December 2010

Powder Slalom!!

Yesterday saw the slalom event of the ISSC races. We awoke to about 20cm of fresh snow in the village.
This was over 30cm at the level where the race was to take place.
Unfortunately, the communication between the race organisers (BaseCamp) and the ESF who were setting the course was not particularly good and the course set was completely unsuitable for the conditions and skiing ability of most of the field meaning that there were a lot of issues with racers falling, not finishing and generally struggling.
The Surbiton girls performed pretty well with Emma coming 3rd after the first run.
The second run was set (Much better set than run one) but the conditions were far from ideal and with the chief of race falling whilst slipping the course and having to be stretchered off, the 2nd run was cancelled.
This meant that the parallel slalom was to be run on one of the pistes at village level for safety reasons.
With the visibility and conditions far better lower down, this promised to be more successful than the earlier slalom.
Unfortunately, the organisers were not too good at seeding the teams and the Surbiton girls were seeded in a group with the other top girls team and lost that particular race meaning they did not progress to the knockout stages.
Despite this, the group were very successful given that all but one had not raced on snow prior to this competition. The one race that had experience, won the overall girls title.

Now to return to the UK for Christmas and then out for the BARSC and Anglo Scottish races on Dec 28th. (If I can get back...currently delayed at Geneva due to the snow in the uk!)

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