What’s Next?

Well time has again turned winter into spring and spring is soon to become summer. Professional ski racing is hardly always rainbows and butterflies but its pretty damn close even when you are banging your head against a wall because you are living in a world like no other. Don’t worry guys, I’ll join the “real world” one of these days but today is not that day.

So heres a question everybody gets asked a lot at the end of a ski season, “What are you doing next year?”

I’m skiing. Lets move on.

Nearing the end of my season my teammates and I at Redneck Racing made the decision to test, and ultimately all switch to Fischer Skis. I have been supported by Volkl Skis for 9 years now and I truly can not say enough nice things about their staff and the equipment. The company stood by me through thick and thin and I could not be more grateful.

It was however time to move on. It took me a little time to adjust to the new set up but once I had I felt like it was the best skiing I have ever done. Below is a video of me racing the Sugarloaf spring series where I won both first runs.

 

So whats next?

I am currently pursuing job opportunities in Mt. Hood to do some coaching as well as training this June/July. I am hoping to spend about a month there.

After that I am looking into a New Zealand trip where I may possibly be able to coach in exchange for free training and also race the Nations Cup races that happen right around the end of August. This is a trip I have never made before in part because in order to be competitive in this FIS series you have to KNOW you are skiing well. With Fischer underfoot at the end of this year I was truly disappointed that winter came to an end without more opportunities. I want to be back in a start gate as soon as possible.

In between all of that time on snow I will be working odd end jobs in Vermont trying to stock pile enough money to take me through next season. What a cycle!

Want to help me out of the hole? Go over to the Redneck Racing Store and purchase one of these awesome tuckermarshall.com tanks! They sell for $10 and they cost $9.98 to make so its not exactly making me money per se but I do enjoy seeing my name worn around.Screen Shot 2016-04-24 at 6.01.05 PM

It has been a hell of a season. Thank you to all of those who have supported me so far. Without you I wouldn’t be able to continue my pursuit of success. Here are a couple more clips of me attaining that in some way.

Stay classy everybody.

Tucker

The Great White North

Well here I am back in another airport terminal starting my next adventure. This time to the great white north and a place called Panorama which holds a special place in my heart because of a particularly brutal memory I have of the place.

It was a mind numbingly frigid December morning. I was shivering. I did not own enough clothing to keep this cold out. My eyes were squeezed shut as the lift swung violently back and forth in the wind, my face as deep as it could go in my coat trying in vain to fend off tiny ice bullets as they drove into any unprotected skin. Squinting my eyes open to see if I was anywhere near the top did little to reassure me as it was 6AM and thus still pitch black outside in those lonely mountains. The light at the top lift shack was like a tiny ray of hope that it did end but even that an empty promise as I knew I would have to get on yet another, longer lift to reach the top of the Super-G that I was racing that day. Not really sure why we had to be on the lift at 6 considering we had to wait for it to be light enough to inspect anyway.

In that moment of hateful elements as I was being tossed from side to side, teeth chattering and wishing nothing more than to be back in the warm bed I had abandoned I thought of how I had never been, and probably never would be again, this miserable in my life. So now whenever I am on the mountain in the bitter cold I think of Panorama, and how it couldn’t possibly be worse than that moment. Or when I am nice and warm under covers, maybe sipping on hot chocolate, I revel in that moment all the more.

Anyway, I digress.

The reason for my trip to this cold dark corner of the world is the second NorAm series of the season. The first were held in Jackson, Wyoming (SL), and Copper, Colorado (GS). I also raced two FIS slaloms at Echo mountain in Colorado before that.

The first slalom races of the season went well. At Echo I scored my first sub 20 result in over a year and at Jackson I amassed enough NorAm points to start in the top 15 for these upcoming races in Canada. I felt that it was some of the best skiing I have done in racing and I am headed into this week with a huge amount of confidence in the event. Panorama is also where I scored my best races last year, as well as acquiring my first top 10 in a NorAm.

Jackson NorAm- November 15 from Tucker Marshall on Vimeo.

I am coming from my home base in Vermont and honestly guys, the snow is a little thin on the east coast right now. Unfortunately it has been unseasonably warm and we are struggling to even blow snow with temperatures very mild during the days, if not hot, and hardly getting below freezing at night.

Despite that Sugarbush and Green Mountain Valley School have done an excellent job in getting their t-bar slalom set up for December. Andrew and I have been ripping that thing up in our tanks and flannels getting all we can get out of it. I actually needed some work on my flats skiing so it was pretty beneficial for me. Here is some video.

December 15 Slalom Training from Tucker Marshall on Vimeo.

Well, I have moved from gate to plane and now I am landing and surprisingly the flight attendant hasn’t yelled at me yet for having my computer out. I’ll be bouncing around the greater part of North America for today and tonight, appreciating those extra couple bucks I saved by not getting a more direct flight. I’ll probably have to spend that money on a rental car and hotel room if I can’t find a ride to the mountain or lodging for tonight. But we’ll see if things don’t just work out first.

Cheers,

Tucker

 

Prep Period, DONE!

Hey everyone,

The Rednecks are hard at work out here in Colorado. While it seems like we have been getting storms bringing in fresh snow every couple of days the snow surface has remained remarkably good at our training venues. I myself have been bouncing around between Loveland, Copper, and Vail.

As is always the case for me during the fall, my training has been dependent on the generosity of those who let me utilize their courses for a few runs which include Burke Mountain Academy, GMVS, Denver University, Global Racing, and a far west masters camp dubbed “Punks in Gates.”

Here are a few of my training runs. Slalom is feeling pretty solid right now with just a few more tweaks needed to make my setup perfect before the season begins. GS is progressing.

Loveland SL 11-14-15 from Tucker Marshall on Vimeo.

Vail SL 11-16-15 from Tucker Marshall on Vimeo.

Vail SL 11-16-15 from Tucker Marshall on Vimeo.

 

Vail SL 11-19-15 from Tucker Marshall on Vimeo.

 

Tomorrow is our last day of training before our first races of the season which will be held at Echo on Sunday and Monday in the Front Range of Colorado. After that we head to Jackson Hole, Wyoming for two Nor-Am slaloms which are followed up by two GS Nor-Ams at Copper in Colorado.

Getting close now! Wish me luck!

Here are LOTS of photos from my summer.

The images in this sequence include rock climbing at French’s Dome in Welches Oregon (which has a great view of Mt. Hood from the top), summer in Vermont, summer in Saas-Fee Switzerland, fall in Vermont, fall in Saas-Fee, and a couple imagines from my time here in Colorado so far. Enjoy!

-Tucker

Sharing the Road

I live a pretty incredible life and part of the way I like to share my journey is through these videos that continue to grow into something a little different each time. This six and a half minute webisode takes us from October through January. I am hoping to get back into a little more documentation style updates soon but for now enjoy the music and some… odd clips of my travels.

First week of Colorado

I’ve been out here in Colorado; the mecca for all things alpine racing this time of season, for about a week now. After spending a few days tinkering with my equipment I am finally starting to make some solid progress. I have mostly just been focused on the SL side of things so far, but look forward to jumping into some GS soon.

Here is some video from the last two days.

SL- Copper 10-31-14 from Tucker Marshall on Vimeo.

SL- Copper 11-1-14 from Tucker Marshall on Vimeo.

This is also the first week that Redneck Racing has officially started skiing together. If you have not heard of this new team then please check out our website and “like” us on Facebook.

One of our team sponsors this season is Sync Performance who hooked us up with some incredible training gear. If you are interested in any of our uniform go here and enter the code “redneck2014” for some awesome Redneck swag!

Thats about it for now, I will post some ripping GS video soon!

Tucker