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“We started off by being helicoptered up to inspect a crazy big face,” he said. “But as we were watching, a big slab avalanche let go.” A new face was chosen and riders were given a photo of it the night before. I had 20 minutes for a visual inspection in the morning, before he and other skiers had to hike to the top.

“I had a slight hesitation. It was very hard to navigate the top. Then I dropped in and had I really good run. It was hard to finish 15th but it gave me confidence that if I didn’t hesitate, I could have been on the podium. It will come.

“The trip was a really good learning experience and warm up. And I ski better under pressure. I’m feeling very strong and looking forward to the rest of season.”

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