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Perisher 7th & 8th of August 2009

Saturday

Friday morning looked to be a miserable day, it was warm, blowing a gale and rain was forecast. But the Perisher Masters Slalom was on so I knew I'd at least have a good day. After some free skiing to warm up we inspected the course and snow started to fall. By the time the race started it was puking, 10cm of wonderful light dry snow fell in two hours. The snow was perfect to ski in, but made the course officials work extra hard to keep the course safe. I managed 2nd place in my age group (out of 2). After some more freshies and lunch at the Guthega hotel we skied back to Perisher and I was amazed by the clear blue sky and wonderful dry groomers on centre valley. The snow was so good I managed to squeeze in a couple of runs down the Duplex to finish of a great day.

  Wombats Lament from the top of the Blue Calf T-Bar  
Wombats Lament from the top of the Blue Calf T-Bar
  Mt Twynam in the Background  
Mt Twynam in the Background
  Lycra and padding before the start of the Slalom  
Lycra and padding before the start of the Slalom
  Perfect snow by the Duplex  
Perfect snow by the Duplex

Saturday was another 7am start for the Masters Super G, and just like last week we got a fantastic sunrise. The course was fast and for the first time I started to feel comfortable in the gates with a 1st place (out of one competitor in my age group). I even got some more freshies before the crowds arrived. The previous snowfall on Friday and the clear skies attracted the crowds and each lift at Guthega had 15min long lift lines for almost the whole day. The GS was held later in the morning and after the two runs I got another 1st place (but I still didn't beat anyone). With the freshies almost gone Dave and I had a run down farm creek to polish off another fantastic day.

  Sunrise on Mt Blue Cow  
Sunrise on Mt Blue Cow
  Sunrise on Mt Twynam  
Sunrise on Mt Twynam
  The Super G course down Wombats Lament  
The Super G course down Wombats Lament
  In the Starting gate above the Blue Cow T-Bar  
In the Starting gate above the Blue Cow T-Bar
  The top of the GS course on Mother in Law  
The top of the GS course on Mother in Law
  Mt Twynam to Mt Tate from Back Perisher  
Mt Twynam to Mt Tate from Back Perisher

Masters training and the races have been a ball. We need more people to join in on the fun next year (so I can get the chance to beat someone). The standard is not exceptional so don't be afraid to have a go, your skiing will improve and you'll have a blast, especially Telemarkers, with any luck we might be able to organise a Classic Telemark Race next year if there is enough interest. In the mean time telemarkers you can participate in the race at the Thredbo Telemark Classic.

Richard Hocking

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