<< News Home

Thursday, September 23, 2010

It feels so good to be back in America. I’m merely one more red-eye away from NH, heck yeah!!! But more importantly we’re less than a week away from the Golf Classic!!!!

Everyone that can should come out and crush some balls with us on Wednesday, September 29, 2010 at the Owl’s Nest Golf Club at 10:00 AM!!!! It’s going to be a fantastic event.

Jager girls…………….………………… check

Shot ski ………………………………… check

Killer weather…………………….……. check

Epic venue …..…………………………. check

Pretty foliage……………………………probably

Great auction items………………………check

Local celebrity Jesse Thompson………….check

What more could we ask for? Come out and play. Drop me a line to make sure we’ve received your teams’ registration. We’re still looking for more golfers and sponsors. Everything helps, even if you’re just one golfer we can easily put you with a group.

The two organizations benefiting from the golf classic, the David Adam’s Memorial Sailing Center (50% of the proceeds) and the Gunstock Ski Club (20%), wanted me to express how excited they are to be involved in this years Classic. Keep in mind that most of this event’s proceeds goes toward charitable donations so we will make sure that everyone interested will receive the maximum tax deductions available.

Can’t wait to see NH and crush some balls. I am landing in Manchester at 9:00 AM and will be available from then on to talk about the Classic at 603-455-2756. Drop me an email or a call.

See you all soon. Cheers, w

posted by Warner at 9/23/2010 01:38:00 AM (permanent link to this post) 0 comments

I'm ready to go home.
Friday, September 17, 2010

The last week and change can be described as a challenge. Weather has been our greatest friend at times this camp, but during the last week it’s been our nemesis. Sean and I drove up to Mt. Hutt – a four hour drive – a day early to race slalom due to a weather scheduling change. At the start super coach, Sean McKenna, said, “You better either win or blow out.” This pro bono coach was not amused with the three hours of delay and the pelting rain at the start. We had been waiting there for 20 minutes letting the wetness permeate our bodies before they finally started the men’s race. I looked down the hill wondering what I was doing in the start. Pushed out of the gate charging and as it turns out going a bit too straight on the steep section. A few gates later the all out tactic turned into failure as I blew out. I think I made it six gates. Damn it. On our drive up there, I was thinking I could have done pretty well. I guess I followed Sean’s inspirational speech. Thanks buddy. As I was standing on the side race course with Sean, he said, “Mission accomplished.” We stood there to watch a few other guys and watched Max Hammer squeegee his goggles twice during his run. His squeegee tactic was really impressive.

The next three days we hung out around Hutt waiting for the final GS of the ANC season. They decided that super combined (a run of SG and a run of slalom) was a higher priority so we watched them ski two days of that while Jon and I free skied waiting for the GS. The last day they decided to run GS. We were psyched there was one more opportunity for Jon to score a 9 or better. We had a bet going that if he scored a 9 or better Team TNT (Team Team No Team) is flying to the desert for a three day all-inclusive trip with Red Bull passes to the Abu Dabia Formula1 race in November. Game on. Unfortunately, the race was cancelled due to gale force winds they never even ran the lifts it was blowing so hard. Jon was incredibly bummed since he only came up for the GS as for me at least I had 6 gates of slalom.

Once we arrived back in Queenstown it was jump time. Spending a couple extra days at Hutt certainly didn’t help the jump program. During the last couple weeks Jon was having Treble Cone Ski Resort build a massive kicker for him to hopefully do a triple flip. We were at TC on Monday and Tuesday for 6 hours shaping the jump and the wall of the landing, while two cats pushed snow onto the landing. Shaping is a nice way to say shoveling. We were shoveling and trimming up the sides of the jump and wall of the landing to make it smooth to look good for filming. The jump is sixty-five feet from the take off to the wall another 15 feet to the landing, but the landing is12 feet high than the takeoff making it a step up jump, a huge step-up jump. The idea is that step up jumps make the downward landing speed quite slow so that it’s less painful to land on the body. Wednesday was our first big window to hit the kicker with weather.

We flew up to the jump via helicopter at 6:30 AM with hopes of hitting it right away during the sunrise. However, there was work that needed to be down to the take off and some shoveling – that’s where Sean and I came in – on the transition over a cat track. Everything was taking forever.

After spending all morning with around 250 people watching, 10 filmers, a few photographers, and about 20 people working for the mountain in ski patrol, crowd control, cat drivers, and snowmobile drivers, all the three jumpers – Colby West, PK Hunder, and Jon Olsson – did was test the in run for speed. With the slow fresh snow, their slow twin tip skis, and their ridiculously baggy clothing, it was a question of whether or not they were going to clear the wall. It looked like they were close; however if any of them hit it, it would have been a question whether or not they would have made the gap. Nothing happened.

The highlight was definitely the chopper ride. And hanging out with the most sarcastic guy I have ever met, Paul Ripka, a big time German fashion photographer. He’s been living with us for the last six days and when he arrived all he could talk about was “how our lives are so blessed to be down here doing this.” After two days of shaping, no one hitting the jump, and hanging out as a storm the size of Australia hits New Zealand all he can do is swear and talk about “how cool and awesome it is to hang out down under” in a hilarious German accent. He left our apartment for the first time in 48 hours today. The weather down here is terrible. It’s dumping and extremely windy all day. For this jump the weather has to be perfect. The snow needs to be hard so the athletes can make it to the landing. The backdrop needs to be perfect so there can’t be any clouds in the sky. Not to mention, there can’t be any wind so that they aren’t blown into the wall or to outer space. This brings relying on the weather to a new level. Usually they get a jump built and give themselves a two week window to hit it. Here we have three days left with mostly gale force winds expected, awesome. There is a chance there will be a clearing tomorrow so we have our fingers crossed.

On a positive note, I have been hot boxing our skis (leaving waxed skis in a box at 60 degrees Celsius for hours to permeate the bases with wax) at Tim Kafe’s house. And there is a pretty good blog in ski racing by Greg Neddell about scoring 6 points: http://www.skiracing.com/?q=node/1864.

I’m ready to go home. See you all soon I hope. w

This is a pic of Sean and the jump while we were waiting for the clouds to clear out.

posted by Warner at 9/17/2010 10:12:00 PM (permanent link to this post) 0 comments

Warner Nickerson Golf Classic
Saturday, September 04, 2010

Hello again. Sorry for littering your inbox today, but we have finally put together a date for the golf tournament Wednesday, September 29th!!!!

This year we are going to help two other local causes. Between a couple relatively large expected donations and working as a ski tuner/director for Jon Olsson there is a much smaller shortfall in my budget so I’m really excited to try to give a little back to the local community.

50 percent of the proceeds will help build the David Adam's Memorial Sailing Center on Lake Winnipesaukee, 20 percent will go to the Gunstock Ski Club, and the final 30 percent will help me traveling and racing. After my two great results in New Zealand and a talk with Sasha, USST Head Coach, two weeks ago it looks almost certain that I will have a lot of World Cup GS starts this season.

I want to thank all of you that helped out in the past and hope that you will be willing to help this year. Below are the sign up and sponsorship forms. Hope to see you all soon!!!

Cheers from down under, w

posted by Warner at 9/04/2010 07:06:00 AM (permanent link to this post) 0 comments

Another good one!!

We woke up to a cold drizzle with very limited visibility. On the drive to the mountain, we called James Lazor, the race organizer, to find out it was postponed an hour. Half way up the 10 minutes access road the rain turned to snow and chains were necessary for 2 wheel drive traffic. Luckily, we are on Jon’s budget for a rental car so we have a brand new Outback that rallied right up the slick road.

The weather was a concern all day. The snow, fog, and rain was constantly fluctuating. One minute it’s dumping the next it’s bluebird so it was a challenging day. I drew bib 1 and pretty much knew I was going to kill it. The snow was grippy in a few sections and soft in others. Nil, the New Zealand coach, set a really turny, slow course since we were most likely going to be racing in the fog so I had an even bigger advantage starting 1. With pretty soft snow and a turny course you can really cut off the line and start digging a mean rut for the rest of field. First run, I had a killer run. The sun was out and the snow was perfect. I love starting bib 1 – it can be so fun and easy. And at about bib 8 the weather started moving back in so I was at the bottom just chuckling.

Second run, was essentially the same course just adjusted around a couple ruts and holes. I was up top watching a few guys and saw some pretty bad skiing. And just before I pushed out of the fog started rolling it. I couldn’t get on course early enough. On the third gate which is the second turn on a pretty steep pitch, I dropped into a hole and quickly realized why everyone I watched looked so bad at the third gate. I struggled down the pitch in the flat light, let my skis run onto the flat, and held on for the victory. My second run wasn’t all that fast so I really didn’t expect another personal best result. When the news came through in the late afternoon that the penalty got down to 6.00; I was ecstatic. I am currently ranked 2nd in the U.S. and will soon be ranked 31st in the world!!!!! Heck yeah!!!
The last few days have been pretty sweet for Team TNT (Team Team No Team). We thought having an extra team at the beginning would be a nice addition kinda like American Dodgeball Association of America. Jon won the Nationals GS the other day here at Coronet. He scored a career best 10.94 and Dave Chodounsky won the ANC slalom on Thursday and scored a 6.00.
Sean McKenna, our coach down here, and I went out on the town last night with Jimbo Arnott, Johnny Davidson, Patty Biggs, and a bunch of other people on a pretty entertaining pub crawl. I woke up this morning without any knowledge of the 7.1 earthquake at 4:30 AM this morning. Apparently, it wasn’t very intense here. There is no damage in Queenstown, which is somewhat surprising only 300 miles from the epicenter.

We have a few more days here in Queenstown before we head up to Mt. Hutt for the final ANC races next week. Hope all is well. w

posted by Warner at 9/04/2010 06:18:00 AM (permanent link to this post) 0 comments