Colorado, mile(s) high.

Sorry for the late blog post, I had a few hectic days of travel, leaving no free time.

My past week was spent in Colorado at Snow Mountain Ranch at about 9,000 feet high, where we (the wolf pack) joined the SMS juniors for fall camp. The the amount of skiing and snow was incredible! Since the racing for the trip was over, I got the chance to get in a volume week filled with distance skis and adventures. After being about 4 weeks at altitude, I finally felt acclimated to the thin air so it was fun to be able to really ski up hill in Level 1 (for the non-skiers: the easiest training level where you can ski and talk and your heart rate is pretty low). One of our first days on the ranch, the wolf pack (Kam, KO, Gabe, Lo) and I skied up Blue Ridge, which is a trail that climbs about 2,000 feet to the top of a scenic ridge. We almost reached 11,000 feet! On the way down, Lo, Gabe and I shredded some pow through the trees and built a jump. On Saturday, our team did a time trial with a local ski club during the snow storm. It was hard racing at 9,000 feet (even when I was acclimated), but it was a blast to see so much snow and put in a hard effort.

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Lo at the airport with our ski pile.
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Pretty skies on the drive.
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Sunset at Denver airport.
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Moving around some bed frames, no biggie. (“It’ all about the angles”.)
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Boobar…no coment.
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Starry night.
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Selfie at the top of blue ridge (can you see the lack of oxygen?)
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More summit selfies.
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Riz and I on a ski.
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Ski selfie.
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Lo in heaven.
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Lots of bannanagrams this week.
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Group selfie.
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Yankee swap pile!
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Look what Coach Sverre got.. courtesy of Kam.
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Rock on KO.
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Pretty last morning.
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One happy skier!
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Our last ski couldn’t have been better!
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Group photo.
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Literally skied up a wall.
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Photo from Lo.
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Photo from Lo.
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Photo from Lo.
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Time trial. (Sverre)
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Team.
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Group. (Sverre)
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Me enjoying the slalom course. (Sverre)

Not enough time to finish the blog.Take off time! Off to Germany to see family for the Holidays! Keep your eye out for a video next week!

-JKern

 

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