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>>> Greg Petrics <[log in to unmask]> 3/2/2010 8:29 AM >>>
I'm sure I could find it with a bit of searching, but I'm also sure
that it would be much quicker to ask the list: Anyone know what the
record vert logged is/was?

Good luck to anyone competing!

G

On Tue, Mar 2, 2010 at 8:16 AM, Benjamin Bloom <[log in to unmask]>
wrote:


Logistics: The start is organized in a lineup. Competitors get first
chairs up the hill. They remember what time you load your first chair
and can ski that much time after 4pm. (ie, if you load at 9:03, you can
get on your last chair no later than 4:03.) There is a separate line for
competitors. At the head of this line, they have a scoreboard. Be sure
to get your score tallied on the board and the card you carry marked.
You will get to cut in line (may have to wait a chair, max.)

As for technique - don't go all out at first and get caught up in the
race (good advice from Andy.) Ski fast and don't stop. When you do feel
like you have to stop, make them quick. Stop, catch your breath for a
few seconds, then keep going. I stuck with the lines that had the
smallest bumps, figuring it was going to be the easiest skiing. If
you're feeling good, a solid line through the cliffs will be faster than
skiing around the jug handle and will, ultimately, take less energy. If
you're not feeling confident, the cliffs will suck the life out of you.


Fuel: carry water, Gu, fruit, sandwiches, etc. See if you can leave a
bag/box near the lift line so you can grab something and eat on the way
up. I don't remember if they provided anything - maybe some sponsor
donating some bars or sport drinks, but I was prepared to feed myself.
Eat early, often, and light. The goal is to keep a constant flow of
calories going into your system that matches the pace at which you are
expending them.

Skis: It depends what the snow is like. If it's at all soft, I think
Matt's right - your CMHs might be a good choice. Pick a ski that's easy
to turn in the conditions you'll be in. I believe I skied it on Kodiaks
(80mm under foot) and was happy. 'course, that was a while ago, now, and
ski performance improved such that fatter skis ski even better, now. 

You'll sleep well for sure. I went home and promptly put four ice packs
on my legs. 

Good luck and have fun! 



Benjamin D. Bloom
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On Tue, Mar 2, 2010 at 7:57 AM, Matthew Kulas <[log in to unmask]>
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Go straight. For the kid, lots of pixie sticks (tm), for you, eniacoc.

In years past they had a separate corral for the competitors. Use your
CMHs or a mid-phat (yes, I still consider the CMH to be phat), the GS
skis will be more work.


On Tue, Mar 2, 2010 at 12:28 AM, Jim B. <[log in to unmask]>
wrote:


So Conor is firmly set on competing in the Vertical Challenge at MRG
this
Friday. Never mind that we'll be skipping a school day, mom and dad are
all
about feeding his competitive skiing fire. Naturally, someone will have
to
bring him to the mtn. that day, that someone being me. So....

Any tips from those that have BTDT with the Vertical Challenge? Do
they
hand out any food or water in the lift line? Do you get to ski right
onto
the Single each time down, or do you jump in the regular lift line?
What's
the best food and drink to stuff your jacket pockets with?

On technique, my theory is relatively wide turns on the skier's right
of
Chute, not all the way across the width of the slope, but using about
40% of
it, would yield the least lactic acid production. Am I way off base
here?
Liftline upper part would be relatively straightforward, ski to the
left of
the tower 10 cliffs, and straight lining the rest wouldn't be too bad,
for
the first run or so. After that all bets are off.

Only thing I'm really sure of is that my 12 y.o. is going to ski many
more
runs than his dad, and that we're both going to sleep really, really
well on
Friday night. I also think I'm using my GS 188cm Volks for stability,
even
though they're a bit heavier than other skis in my quiver. Seems like
the
best choice for having a good edge and some length to soak up high
speed
bumps and undulations.

Looking forward to it, of course, but a bit nervous about it as well.

-Jim B.
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