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.

6 Comments:

Blogger bakes said...

Dan,

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...

Dave,

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.

-Dan

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.
-dd

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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