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... and by the second half of day 1 were going right to the very top of the mountain which is over 10,000ft to ski the trails down. On the second day it was extremely powdery and there was a High Avalanche warning which was a bit scary but apparently is still fine to ski if you keep to the trails. The soft snow makes it harder to ski and Billy found himself snow up to his waist after trying his skills on an advanced trail - silly billy.
... and although he finished the first run it was not in the top 30 times so therefore not quick enough to qualify him for the second run. We spoke to his parents after the race and they were delighted that he completed the course. He is a young developing skier aiming for the 2018 Winter Olympics and whose best results still await him.
There was also a French skier racing today, Thomas Mermillod-Blondin. Stephen worked with his ...
... and calzone washed down with Crazy Mountain Amber Ale, a great local draft beer on tap. Watched a fashion parade for the rich and famous. Ski jackets around $2k +. Certainly not fashion for the everyday person. It was still fun to watch though. Finished off the evening with another champagne from the Korbel Ice Bar - totally carved out of ice it certainly kept the champagne chilled just the way we like it. Enjoying this lifestyle!
... that there are opportunities to mingle with the athletes themselves. On our bus back to the village at the end of the day was the bronze medallist, Steve Nyman from the USA. Just sitting on the seat next to us as we travelled down. He was more than happy to have his photo taken and he was on a real high after his success today.
A thrilling start to our World Cup in Beaver Creek - Super G tomorrow, can't wait!
... Cafe. Obviously the best value place to eat/drink as it is packed every evening. Happy hour is 3-6pm and great value. Local microbrewery beers on tap. Colorado Amber Ale is a favourite of ours. Their Bowl of Chilli is hot, warming and filling. The burgers are fantastic (better than Two Moos), Enchiladas tasty but not sure about the orange cheese, Nachos is superb - a generous portion that well and truly satisfied us for less than $10!
Walking through ...