Not bad for the first race of the season. Beautiful day on the beautiful Woodland Hills course in Elk River, with hard-packed but not icy snow at 10 degrees and 85% humidity. I figured you needed fluoros with the humidity and the debris in the snow, as well as skis that weren’t going to wash out on the hard surface. So I went right down the line with Fast Wax’s recommendation: Flite Arctic over HSF Green over low-fluoro Teal, and used medium-stiff flex Rossis with Finn Sisu’s uni grind. At this point in my racing career, I count on fast skis to keep me in the race, and I had good ones. What I lost in the uphills I gained back in the downhills (and there are a lot of fun downhills on that course). Ended up winning my age class and finishing 21st overall in a very competitive field.
The rest of the Vakava contingent had a successful day as well.
Evgeny Beletskiy 5th
Nate Porath 7th
Ryan Atwell 11th
Mike Nohr 52nd (starting his comeback after taking a break from skiing for 15 years)
Mary Beth Tuttle 4th, age-class winner
Katy Splan 8th, age-class winnerAnna Peterson 9th
Here are lots of photos from the race.