Well, it’s been awhile since we updated The Sage Page, but we promise to stay a little more on top of it for kayak season. Sage is a member of the JETS (Junior Expedition Team) at Kirkwood Mountain Ski Resort and competes in several different races in the season including a Rail Jam, GS, Banked Slalom, Skier cross and All Mountain Competition. Sage (nickname Powder Day Sage because we are up there whenever it is snowing) managed to get two 3rd places this year, 1 in the Rail Jam and 1 in the All Mountain Competition. As usual, she was the only female that managed to place in her age category which had over 60 kids total! The All Mountain Competition was the highlight of the season. The kid’s pick their own route off Norm’s Nose and are scored on their technique, aggressiveness and style. Sage picked a route with a commitment chute on top, point and go until you can finally turn, then jumped off a large rock and finished it with a 180 jump over the lip of the finish line. We quit skiing in March to commit to kayaking, but look forward to next year. See ya on the river
We love living in Carson City! There are not a lot of places where you can ski on Saturday and kayak on Sunday, but that is just what we have been able to do. Sage has started her Jounior Expedition Team skiing at Kirkwood Mountain Ski Resort in California and had a Giant Slalom race this weekend, competing with about 60 other kids and finishing in the top 20. It was a warm day and the racecourse was very hard and icy, but all the kids had fun. Next competiotion is a Rail Jam in February so terrain park practice has begun.
On Sunday, we hit the Chili Bar section of the South Fork of the American River. It had been about a month since she had run this section, so aside from a little first rapid jitters, she rocked it! The highlight of the day was when Sage tried to paddle through first threat on the sticky river right side but was sucked back in and performed a few unentendo cartwheels before losing her paddle and flushing out, then doing a hand roll right in front of Mom and Dad–we were ecstatic. After that high, the rest of the river was unimpressive and Troublemaker was just a bump in her boat.
With the super, unseasonably warm temperatures we are experiencing in the Sierra Nevadas, Skiiing hasn’t been that great but we have been able to hit the Reno White Water Park several days a week. In fact, We just ordered a racing slalom boat for Sage for spring competitions!