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Stepping in on the Steep
Having trouble getting into your skis on a steep slope? Use one ski in hand to balance with as you step into your down hill ski. Place that uphill ski at an angle with the toe going up the hill before trying to step in. Thanks to Harry Jasper, PSIA Level II, Vail Ski School; Vail National
Beware of Cat!
Like other members of the feline family, these cats spend a lot of time grooming. They are big, dangerous, often nocturnal and sightings are rare. Up until the other day I had only heard about the cats lurking on the BOP course. While running a safety stop on Red Tail last Saturday I got to watch
A Typical Talon Crew Work Day
The daily routines of the Talon Crew. Start by making your way to the Elk Lot (East Day Skier Lot) in Avon and park. Parking will be really tight, so please try to car pool or take public transportation if available.
Hoses & Water and No Fire!
In a World Cup blog I referred to the Birds of Prey course as “icy.” Talon Crew volunteer chief, Brad Ghent, told me he preferred to think of it as “dense.” Good word Brad. The course has to be solid enough hold up under the pressure of skis from a lot of racers over the two
How to Survive as a Ski Racing Volunteer
This article originally appeared in the Toronto Ski Club Alpine Journal and is reprinted here with permission of the author, Kaitlyn Fitzpatrick, who volunteered for the 2014 Talon Crew. She offers great insights into race course volunteering and gives super advice for all of us out on the hill. Here at the Talon Crew blog, we’ve updated her
Keeper of the Gate
Rode up the ski lift in the dark at 6:30 in the morning for day 3 on Talon Crew. That fresh sharp tune on my skis and 3rd time over the Brink–it’s becoming a piece of cake. Even carried a snow rake with me as I side slipped down. I didn’t mention in my previous
The Golden Eagle Bistro
As I sit in the stands at the finish of the 2012 Audi Birds of Prey awaiting the start of the race, I look up at the hill, admiring the course. That’s when I notice a distinct line of smoke wafting across the top of the big jump. The Golden Eagle Bistro must be open!
What’s in Your Pack?
Every Talon Crew course worker must carry a backpack on the race course during the work day. What gear should volunteers pack? Remember, you’ll be carrying your pack all day long. Take what you need, but not more! At a minimum, everyone should bring: Lunch – picked up at the morning meeting. Water – hydration is critical.
Watering the Ski Slope
You water your lawn, your flowers and your house plants, but watering a ski slope? Contrary to popular opinion, ski racers do not race on snow. They race on ice. For the past two days, the Talon Crew course workers along with the Beaver Creek Race Department and the Ski Patrol sprayed the race course
Nothing but Net
Downhill ski racing isn’t safe. When an athlete falls on a course as steep and as icy as the Birds of Prey, they don’t stop. Trees, rocks and steep ravines line the sides of the racecourse, all lethal hazards for a falling racer. So before the first racer ever barrels down the course, officials spend