Written by Cole Giacopuzzi
Growing up skiing, it was always my dream to run 39.5 off, still considered one of the hardest passes in slalom. Being brought in California, it was tough getting the amount of sets I needed to accomplish something so big. I’m a true weekend warrior, I don’t get to ski every day, I rely on skiing 2 and a half days a week stuffing in quality sets. With commitment and determination I’ve gotten myself where I wanted to skiing professionally. Knowing I probably have had less than half of the sets a lot of pro skiers do going into pro events makes my journey a hard one.
One of the best changes I made to my skiing was 3 years ago skiing through the winter. It made early spring easier on my body, and I could start pushing myself earlier and harder. I ran my first 39.5 in practice in July of 2015, but getting it done in a tournament was a different story, I would ski cautious and hesitant and end up making a mistake. At the end of the 2016 season I started focusing on the mental aspect more, going into sets more focused and relaxed. Coming out of each set positive no matter the result starting paying off in the 2017 season. In the weeks following up to tournament season 39 went down a lot in practice. In the 2nd tournament of the year I ran it. Backing it up 2 weeks later at Shortline Lake in Sacramento I ran 5, 4.5, 4, 3.5 at 39. I’m stoked for the rest of the 2017 season feeling more consistent not only in practice but tournaments.