West Yellowstone

Happy Thanksgiving all!

After the races I'm looking forward to Jessica making me more of these in Anchorage!

After the races I’m looking forward to Jessica making me more of these in Anchorage!

I’m getting excited about racing, snow, stuffing, cranberry sauce, Montana, and all things festive that I am blogging again. [round of applause] Getting to West was once again stressful as I procrastinated on most everything until the day before leaving. Had to base prep all my new skis and freshly ground pairs in addition to zeroing out the fleet. I might have thrown out my back and shoulder in the process, but it was worth it I tell you- the bases are looking nice!

Crushing base prep work thanks to Toko

Crushing base prep work thanks to Toko

Jessica and I rocking our new APU patches on our Sauce headbands. Thanks Sauce!!

Jessica and I rocking our new APU patches on our Sauce headbands. Thanks Sauce!!

Here in West things are going great. Awesome ski conditions and perfect grooming. Outside of training the ladies of the team are blasting Christmas music against the will of most every dude except for Packer. He has fully embraced the holiday spirit. I personally don’t mind a Frank Sinatra Christmas song, but Mariah Carrey is not my first choice of holiday jam. The lesson here is that it is all about compromise. I will endure the Christmas music now because I know when those beats are a rockin’, the girls are probably baking cookies or cinnamon rolls- the pleasure to the taste buds is worth the damage to the ears.

Found time to try tricking some fish on the Madison before the races start with Jordan Beutow.

Found time to try tricking some fish on the Madison before the races start with Jordan Beutow.

Racing starts tomorrow!