(View from our farmhouse above Lienz)
After I hit the jump once, I loved it and wanted to go back for more! There's something about overcoming your fears that gives me such a sense of satisfaction in this sport.
Over the past two days we have been training at Hinter Reit / Maria Alm, which is a 1.5 hours drive away, in Salzburg region, the racing capital of Austria. We have been training on ice-injected snow to get used to what is to be expected in St Johann later this week. St Johann World Cup is renowned for being double-injected and super icy, almost to the point where just standing up during course inspection becomes extremely difficult! My skis are tuned to 85 degrees (as opposed to the regular 88 degrees), meaning that they're absolute razors. It's the only way to get a grip on the blue ice, which is basically like a sheet of glass.
We have two more days of training here in Lienz, then we head to St. Johann for the World Cup.
Will keep you posted! Plus I have a video blog on it's way shortly, just need better internet to upload it!
(Chopper Reid and I)
(What my December 2010 looked like... A photo from each day)