Here are some random pics from the tour so far, season ender coming up April 10th in Colorado.
I just wrapped up 5 days of racing and fun in Smithers, BC, and I am now sitting in my bed on my last free day here. You may be asking, ‘why would you be sitting in your bed on your last day in such a beautiful place?’ Well, I’ve been sick for just about the entire time I’ve been here, go figure! I started to develop a cough on our first day out here and it only escalated from there. By Canadian Nationals yesterday I was racing with a fever, a nasty dry cough and just enough energy to make it through the few heats I had. Nonetheless, I scored 15th and 14th respectfully in the two NorAms and 14th at Canadian Nationals. The fields were stacked with several of Canada’s World Cup royalty coming to race, as well as many athletes with World Cup starts gracing the course. Seeing the competition was extremely stiff, I was more than happy with my finishes. Despite being sick and extremely busy, the town of Smithers played a fantastic host to our races and they took excellent care of us. People here were genuinely excited to have us around and it seemed like half of the town knew who you were by the end of the week! As lovely as my stay here has been, I’m looking forward to going home and getting my health straightened out before our season ender at Copper Mountain, CO on April 10th.
Hudson Bay Mountain Resort- Smithers BC – Erik’s in Canada this week, as the Smithers Ski and Snowboard Club hosts the 2016 Canadian Ski Cross Championships from March 15-19…. A new Canadian Champion will be crowned. Erik is training hard on the mountain today and tomorrow. He will be racing Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Bonne chance!
I have had an absolutely crazy past week in Sugarloaf. The course was good, and in traditional east coast form, quite icy. I ended up scoring my first NorAm/Hole Shot podium with a 3rd place finish on the first day, followed by 8th, 6th, and 4th respectively. The competition was tight and didn’t ease up at all. Maine is known for having quite wild weather, as the first day we had heat and rain, and the next day the lifts were on wind hold for hours, complimented by freezing temperatures. Following an extremely hectic race week in Maine, I was supposed to go to Mont Ste. Marie in Quebec, but due to hotel booking issues and having nowhere to stay, we were forced to head home. Fortunately, I still had good fun at our local USASA event on Sunday, where I placed first racing against my good friend Jake Roney. He’s younger and just starting to get more serious about the sport, so it’s fun to have him chasing me down the hill! All in all, despite the craziness of the week in Maine and the logistical nightmare in Canada, I still managed to keep a smile on my face and having a great time with a fantastic group of people. I’m off to Smithers, BC in exactly a week and I am really looking forward to putting down some great results.
The conditions were good enough for the race to go on yesterday at Sugarloaf after all. Good thing... Erik placed 3rd! and was the top American overall. Fantastic results! He's back on the hill today racing and will hopefully send us some pics to post soon.
Sugarloaf, ME - Erik reports that race events may be cancelled today due to conditions but may resume tomorrow. Forecasts are predicting as much as 4 to 8 inches of snow by tomorrow morning, followed by another round of mixed precipitation and wet weather.
The competition continues at Sugarloaf through the end of the week.