|Flying into Mammoth|
|You know you have it made as a racer when a soigneur holds an umbrella for you at the start line|
|Recycle and reuse ...|
For the entire race week we had the best possible weather. The start/finish area for the endurance races and the dual slalom was located at a little over 9,000 feet, enough to make itself noticeable when one walks uphill or climbs stairs, and also high enough to drop night-time temperatures into the 40s. But once the sun came up (and that was early!) it immediately started to warm up, and since we didn't see a single cloud all week long, it was short sleeves and shorts and lots of sunblock for me the entire time. Yes, it was a lot of work, but I am not complaining: Whom do you know who gets to ride the ski lift up and down the mountain and watch the nation's best athletes compete, and get paid for all of that? My daily lift rides gave me a few quiet moments during which I could sort things out in my head before the next crisis sprang up. I love the life of the Chief Ref!
|The start house for the Downhill competition|
|Two racers coming down the final stretch--The Elevator Shaft--of the downhill|
|Two racers in dual slalom practice|
|Cyndi and Ugur at the top of Mammoth Mountain during the enduro|
|The Kamikaze is the well-known downhill competition at Mammoth. |
This is the backwards race, from bottom to top.
|Close to the top of the world at 11,053 feet|