Tuesday, March 24, 2009
The Verbier Xtreme went down on Sunday March 22nd. I was a little nervous in the morning, but after the hour hike to the start my nerves seemed to have calmed down and I was ready to throw down. The line I had chosen was straight forward for my skiing style: not too technical with 2 big airs involved allowing me to ski strong and fast. The last thing I wanted to do was ski conservative or veer away from what has been working for me this season at the last stop of the FWT. I was going for the win! The snow conditions were not exactly ideal, but they could have been a lot worse.
The first big air I ended up crashing on- the snow was a little grabby and I should have kept it perfectly fall line. However, I am stoked that I went for it and that I crashed on something that wowed the crowd instead of falling from a stupid mistake. My goal this year was not so much to win the Overall but rather win Line of the Year. Accordingly, making sure that I stayed on my feet by skiing easier lines was not going to lead me to this objective. If you are not willing to take risks then a goal like this is hard to achieve. I really want to help progress the sport of women's big mountain skiing, and I felt honored when one of the ski judges thanked me after the Verbier comp for pushing women's skiing this year in competition.
Posted by Elyse Saugstad at 7:31 AM