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Vertigo

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Ski season is back and the north shore mountains here in Vancouver are beckoning.

Came across this photo online this afternoon. It was taken by Paul Bednar, a ski instructor from the Skischule I taught with in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.  I still remember the rush of fear and adrenalin I got as I looked over this cliff myself years ago.  Believe me, when I did it, I did not hang my ski tips over the cliff face.

Here’s the note he posted with the photo:

There was a t-bar at the top of the Zugspitze (elevation 2962m/9718 ft). Once you got off the lift, you could sidestep up another 50 metres or so to a small break in the rocks that formed the border between Germany and Austria. At that point, you could just stand there with your skis still on and look down the cliff face onto the town of Lermoos, Austria.

In other words, one slip and you’re in Austria, almost 3,000m below.

Note the very old-school Völkl’s.

Erik Guay wins GAP Super G and World Cup title

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Phenomenal achievement for Erik! This is huge news. More later.

Photograph by: Alexis Boichard/Agence Zoom/Getty Images

Guay wins final race and super-G cup
Thu Mar 11, 2010
By Brian Homewood

GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany (Reuters) – Canada’s Erik Guay won the final super-G of the season to snatch the Alpine ski World Cup title on Thursday.

Guay leapfrogged Michael Walchhofer and Aksel Lund Svindal in the standings after a dramatic finale on a snowy, foggy day to become the first Canadian to win a World Cup title since Steve Podborski was joint downhill champion with Switzerland’s Peter Mueller in 1982.

Read the entire article here.