Monday, January 09, 2006

Eastern EQS Competition: 2006 Preston Cup Highlights

We had two great days of mogul and big air competition at Waterville Valley on the 7th and 8th. The Preston Cup -- named, of course, after our program director and freestyle forefather Nick Preston -- is Waterville's annual EQS event (for 9 to 14 year olds). Here are some highlights:

  • More than 100 young athletes participated.
  • Mountain managers, groomers, club coaches and parent-volunteers created a beautiful mogul course and a great air site for the event.
  • An eleven-year-old, female Waterville Valley athlete was the high-scoring Preston Cup mogul skier. With her 21.51 point run (360 / spread), she beat every other skier present (boys and girls). That same athlete did well in the big air contest on Sunday and captured the overall win.
  • Her older brother, another Waterville Valley athlete, won the overall on the boys side.


Blogger bakes said...


Great skiing with you yesterday at Cannon. Feeling it today in these old bones. After a couple years of mellowing out I definately am stoked to start bumping again. I am going to pick up the book.

Let's hook up again.

Dave Baker

10:54 AM  
Blogger Dan DiPiro said...


Great to ski with you, too. After you left, I headed over to Avalanche and found softer bumps than the ones we were skiing on Zoomer. They were still irregular, skier-made bumps, of course, and Avalanche is steep.

I've been coaching Waterville kids on a not-so-steep, manicured mogul course. The Avalanche bumps reminded me of just how much tougher irregular bumps and a steep trail can be. Had to focus a bit to dial in my game. Had a few good stretches of turns, though.

Thanks for buying a copy of my book, and do let me know what you think of it.


3:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the reason irregular bumps are harder than the manicured ones is simply because they are irregular. The rhythm isn't automatic and you need to look for it.

a certain ex-student

7:13 PM  
Blogger Dan DiPiro said...

Certain ex student:
Yes, irregular bumps tell you to turn irregularly, and you have to resist their direction and establish your own regular turning rhythm. That's the trick. Thanks for your comment.

8:13 AM  
Blogger Tad said...

I wonder who the eleven year old was that won the mogul event at the Preston Cup...and whose the brother???

Must have great blood lines eh?

Tad Dziemian

6:54 PM  
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