A Community Forum
First, I want to take this opportunity to thank all the readers we’ve had so far, especially those who have responded with comments. We really want Ski Watch to evolve into a forum to discuss the role of skiing in this community. Everyone in this town is connected to skiing in some way, and we are all united through that.
So please use this space to share your experiences and relationships with this mountain and community. Whether it’s just a quick paragraph responding to something someone else wrote, or a longer opinion piece on why you think the ski area should or should not expand into Bear Creek. For example, check out Jesse Hope's post this week about skier safety. Everyone can benefit from something you contribute. Enlighten the public discussion.
On that note, I would especially like to thank dylandb, who commented on my first blog post from last week.
Dylan wrote about his experience on the Bump Club from its inception in the 70s. It’s funny, because just last week Jesse and I were filming with Hugh Sawyer and his group of all-mountain rippers. I had always thought that Hughey and Will Wasson, the head coaches who I grew up with, had founded the Bump Club, only to learn from Hugh that the Bump Club was already up and running when he and Will moved to Telluride.
And that is an incredibly important aspect to our film about the Bump Club that we have not yet explored, but plan to with the remaining winter. I especially appreciated dylandb’s anecdote about competing in his first competition in 1979, when he was just 7 years old, and now watching his own 7-year-old son competing with Team Gravity, a leg of the Telluride Ski and Snowboard Club that is committed to introducing young skiers to a wide variety of skiing disciplines, including alpine racing, freestyle moguls and free riding. What a beautiful metaphor for the evolution of the Bump Club and skiing in general over the last 31 years.
Also, speaking of competition, I’m not sure if this is the same venue that dylandb made his competitive debut in ’79, but Telluride will host a Rocky Mountain Freestyle divisional event this weekend on the daunting Lower Plunge course. Singles moguls will take place throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday, and duals will take place Monday. The contest will feature a strong group of Telluride skiers, including Wade Parkinson, Zak Watkins and Lindsey Cannon who recently returned from a two-week trip out East on the North American Cup (NorAm) tour. There will be around 90 skiers from throughout Colorado at the event.
Head Coach Caleb Martin is looking for course volunteers for the competition on Monday; duties will vary, but run along the lines of chopping landings and helping set up the course. If you are interested in volunteering for one of these positions contact him at 970.708.3996 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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