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Unfortunately, with weather related cancellations and no hill availability for make ups, we have to do Double Header races.
How does a Double Header Race work?
Our double header races will start 1/2 earlier than a normal race. If you can’t make it for the start, try and get there when you can and we will do all we can to get all your runs in.
Everyone will take one run on each course based on the week 5 running order. Once everyone has gotten their two runs in, we will pause for a bit and either slip the existing courses, or make minor reset. Then we will start the next race based on week 6 running order.
We will have an abbreviated awards ceremony for each of the two races. We will honor Fastest, Fast and most improved of each race and then will abbreviate team awards depending on where we are at with time.
Having Double Headers is the last thing that we want to do. We appreciate your patience and understanding with this unfortunate situation.
We are trying to figure out when and how to make up our missed race this week for Wednesday day. I am trying to get word on if we can have the hill longer one day for a double race. I am looking at February 13 for a double race or February 27 for a make up. If we do a double race, we would have to start at 1 pm instead of 1:30 pm. Please let me know what you prefer.
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With the completion of week 2 of our regular season, we have all had the chance to experience many course sets and a lot of different conditions. With warmer weather, the lack of a good freeze overnight and variable hill use, sometimes it becomes a little more difficult for course setters to set courses that appeal to all racers. They try their best to set according to the conditions to make a safe, enjoyable course. Sometimes if conditions aren’t so good, a course may have to be a little “straighter”. Sometimes if conditions are real good, the course may have a little more offset. We encourage our course setters to set for the intermediate skier. Sometimes a rut is hidden prior to the start of the race, or snow conditions are worse than first thought which may cause some difficulty and more DNFs than we would hope. It’s just something that comes with the territory.
Please keep in mind that all our race crews are doing the best they can and our main goal is for a fun, safe experience. We feel bad when a race doesn’t go as well as we would hope.
Some questions have come up regarding the jumps on the race hill at Buck Hill. We have been in communication with the race department on how to make the racer experience the best it can be with the jumps in place. There is no plan right now to remove the jumps for this year. The race department is communicating with the groomers to try and get the sides of the jumps groomed down a bit to allow for more room for setting and less of a pinch at the bottom – especially on the blue side. They are also looking at possible B-netting around the finish timing equipment island. With the colder weather this week, we have already seen an improvement in the conditions which allows for less wear on the race run which translates to a more enjoyable racing experience.
Buck Hill has moved the bumps to a different location to allow for more carving and warm up on Cross Roads.
With 12 races per week and more than 900 participants racing per week, there are bound to be courses and conditions that appeal more to some than others from week to week. We appreciate all your patience and understanding.
Padraig’s Place needs your help! As most of you know, Padraig’s Place is an amazing Adaptive Ski and Snowboard program and Buck Hill and now Wild Mountain. Their mission is to “enrich the lives of special needs children and their families by presenting available resources to them; thereby, allowing the family to focus on family rather than a disability.” As the organization continues to expand, so does their need for volunteers. Padraig’s Place is asking for volunteers at Buck Hill on Saturday mornings and Monday nights as well as at Wild Mountain on Sunday evenings. These volunteers would provide help and support to the instructors.
If this sounds like something you’d be interested in, but you are hesitant because you don’t have any teaching experience, fear not! As long as you’re proficient on skis, you would be a great help. If you’re interested, please contact Brian Foley or Annie Peterson. Annie can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 612.965.1785. You can also submit your contact information and get more info at www.padraigsplace.org.
Marcus Caston is coming to visit us at Week 2 to film a segment for his series “Return of the Turn”!
“Return of the Turn” is Marcus Caston’s way of showing the world that “actual skiing” is certainly not dead. In a world of crazy tricks and jaw-dropping descents, Marcus wants to bring us all back to the roots of what makes skiing great. “Return of the Turn” is a video series that follows Marcus and his crew all over the world showing everyone what good ol’ classic skiing looks like. These episodes are different from every other ski movie out there. They ski on any type of snow, any type of terrain, any type of mountain (or hill!) and love every minute of it.
Marcus grew up in Snowbird where he got into ski racing. He went to school in Salt Lake City and skied for fun. Then he got a call from Ted Ligety. There was an open spot in a Warren Miller movie. He jumped at the chance. Since then he has been on the cover of and had spreads in numerous print magazines and has been a featured athlete in four Warren Miller films. According to his website, he is a “professional skier and content creator promoting an appreciation for the art of skiing through creative expression and athletic performance.” We like it!
Marcus will be in town January 15 – 20th racing with us as much as possible and shooting some footage for his “Return of the Turn” series at both Buck Hill and Wild Mountain. We are super excited to have Marcus here with us again and we are so happy to be a part of his efforts to share the sport we all love so much. Welcome, Marcus!
Whether you are new to Ski Challenge, or back for another season, you need to arrive a little earlier for the first race of the season. Prior to racing, check in at the registration table in the designated room. At Buck Hill we meet in the Black Diamond Event Center above the ski school At Wild Mountain our Sunday League registration table will be set up in the Robert C room next to the Eagle’s Nest Bar and Grill. Fridays and Wednesday nights at Wild we will be set up in the Eagle’s Newst Bar and Grill.
At the check in table you check in by your last name, not your team. The Ski Challenge staff will check to see if you have filled out a liability form. If not, you will need to fill one out. You are required to sign the form and verify that you have paid before you can get your racing uniform/bib and T-shirt. If you are under 18 and your parents will not be with your at the first race, you must have an online waiver completed by a parent before you can participate. No one will be allowed to race in any race without a signed liability form. If you have not already registered and/or filled out a waiver Go here to fill out a liability form.
You will only need to check in once. The same bib you were issued at this check in is the one you will use the entire season.
A handicap represents the percentage your time is behind a par time or National Standard Par, in this case a time that Ryan Cochran-Siegle would have gotten on the course. (e.g. 15 handicap = 15 percent behind Ryan’s time). The National Standard is the Par Time or Ryan Cochran-Siegle’s “0” handicap which every racer competes against when they race NASTAR.
Pacesetters earn certified handicaps that are used to set Ryan Cochran-Siegle’s Par Time for their course. Participants earn a handicap each time they race which represents the difference between the racer’s time and the Par Time expressed as a percentage. Your handicap can vary from race to race.
Does a handicap change or get better with your age and gender?
ABSOLUTELY NOT! A handicap is a straight percentage. It’s math. We take your time and compare it to the par time. Then we determine what percent slower your time is compared to the par time. So, the person in the race with the lowest time has the lowest handicap in a given run. Age and gender DO NOT change straight times or handicaps!
What does age and gender do to affect scoring?
Once a handicap is determined, we then take that handicap and look at your age and gender to determine what medal you earn. This is where age and gender make a difference. As you get older (or if you are very young) you can have a higher handicap to receive medals. If you’re a female, you can receive a medal using a higher handicap than a male would need to receive the same medal.