It's January 17th and I returned a few days ago from my first stop on the Freeride World Tour up in Revelstoke, Canada. 40 hours round trip of driving, a handful of powder days, a weeks worth of pre contest jitters and 2:00 minutes on the comp venue sums up the past two weeks.
I returned home and went straight to the Village Ski Loft to swap my boots for a smaller size. I was swimming in my boots up in Revelstoke and with only 8 days back in Tahoe before I go on the road again I needed to get this problem fixed right away. One day on the boots and I discover some more work is needed to be done to them. Finally I receive a pair of bindings that I have been waiting on for a while now. It's time to head back to the shop, fix the boots, mount some skis, tune some skis and cut some poles. I left one pole on the hill the week before after crashing in my comp run.
I received an email from a friend asking for help with an Avalanche Clinic she is holding the weekend I'm back home. Public speaking probably scares me more than jumping off a 70ft cliff. Well not probably, it does. I'm working on it though and it's good to give back to the community when ever you can. So in between sorting gear I'll be working on my little presentation for the Steep and Deep Avalanche clinic this weekend.
The departure date for my next trip is coming up sooner than I even realize. I've got to get regular life chores in order as well as all skiing related issues. Soon I'll be off to Chamonix, France for the second stop of the Freeride World Tour followed by ISPO the European ski trade show then filming in Austria, I think. My ticket says I come back home on February 18th but that can always change! It's a lot to tackle sometimes, but I love it and there isn't anything else I'd rather do. Winter is here and I welcome it!