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Help Wanted!

We are currently in need of new staff members at Wild Mountain. Specifically, Wild Mountain Sunday AM, Day, PM. Possibly WMFRI

Description of Positions and Duties:

Position 1 (Computer)

  • Set up check in table 1-1/2 hours prior to race time
  • Registration/Check in
  • Computer Results
  • Assist with Awards – Take Photos
  • Clean up
  • E-mail results to Ski Challenge Office ASAP

This person needs to be well versed in Excel and able to e-mail and transfer files.

Position 2 (Emcee)

  • Set up Check in table 1-1/2 hours prior to race time
  • Registration/Check in
  • Assist Computer Person (write out awards)
  • Emcee Awards
  • Clean up

This person needs to be able to speak in front of a group

The following will also need to be done at each race by either staff member:

  • Hang running orders and any banners
  • get files and racer changes/guests to timers prior to race start
  • Take Photos outside

For either one of these positions, you may also be needed to meet outside of the specific race time/day to drop off and pick up supplies for the week.

These positions are paid (modestly) and have a lot of perks. You need to be able to commit to seven weeks (or find a sub among our other workers), and also help out a small amount at our Championships at Giants Ridge.

You are also able to compete in the race that you work at. You may not be able to race with your team at certain times but that is a rare occurrence.

Call Barb at the office at 952-894-9220 or e-mail to info@skichallenge.com for more details.

2021 Championships at Giants Ridge – Summary

March 5, 6, 7, 2021 at Giants Ridge. 

We are doing our best to offer a fun filled weekend of racing.  A few things will be a bit different from past years due to the ongoing Covid Rules and Guidelines.

Everything will be outside this year except for check in.  We will not be having awards in the garage this year.  And, we will not have any evening awards presentations in the main chalet.  See below about Giants Ridge’s policies for indoor spaces.

CHECK IN:  Racers will be able to check in and boot up in the Sprung Building/ Sports Pavilion at the bottom of the hill right above the parking lot.  Only 15 people will be allowed inside at one time.  Once you are checked in and booted up, you will need to take all your belongings out and store them in your car.  We encourage everyone who is able to get dressed and booted up prior to coming over to the race venue and check in.

PARKING LOT:  Racers are welcome to tailgate in the parking lot as long as they are keeping the proper social distance of 6′.  Giants Ridge is tentatively going to have some food and drink available for purchase at the races.

AWARDS / RESULTS:  Tentatively, Results and awards will be given out after each race in a designated spot in the parking lot.  We will be doing this even after the Friday Open Race and King and Queen of the Hel.  No gatherings or awards are allowed inside and we will not be using the garage this year.  We will still have great prizes for the the winners of the Friday Team Open Race and the King & Queen of the Hel Race.  We will also have Plaques for each Team Division winner.  Door prize winners will also be drawn after each race.  We do not plan on handing out neck medals or pins this year.

DIVISION TEAM RACING:  Depending on the number of racers signing up this year, we may move to have all Division racing on Saturday.  All Division Team Racing will be held on Innsbruck.  What this means is we would be running two divisions at once.  Plaques would still be awarded to the winning team in each division.  Divisions will be determined on Monday, February 8 after Week 5 is complete

CAPTAIN SURVEY:  A survey was sent out to all captains on Monday, February 1 to find out if their team(s) are planning on participating.  This helps us to determine an approximate number of racers and helps us to determine the schedule for racing.  GO HERE TO FILL OUT SURVEY

REGISTRATION FOR ALL EVENTS:  Will open on Monday, February 8

INDOOR SPACES:  Giants Ridge’s Burnt Onion Restaurant and Main Chalet can be used by reservation only.  Follow this link for more information:  BURNT ONION RESTAURANT

Go here for GIANT’S RIDGE COVID POLICIES

MORE CHAMPIONSHIPS INFORMATION

TEAM PHOTOS – 2021

For Team Photos this year we will be following the State of Minnesota COVID guidelines.

  • Each team will meet at the bottom of the race run after first runs.
  • Racers will line up in one line, shoulder to shoulder.  No one will stand in front of anyone.
  • Masks must be kept on the entire time.  (This will give us great memories of this crazy year and will sure make us appreciate “normal” years)

Most leagues will get photos taken at week 5.  Because of Super Bowl Sunday, a few of our leagues will get photos taken at week 4.  Please note below.  This information can also be found on our Calendar

  • BHSUNA – Week 5 – January 31
  • BHSUNP – Week 4 – January 31
  • WMSUNA – Week 4 – January 31
  • WMSUND – Week 4 – January 31
  • WMSUNP – Week 4 – January 31
  • BHMON – Week 5 – February 1
  • BHTUES – Week 5 – February 2
  • BHWEDD – Week 5 – February 3
  • BHWEDP – Week 5 – February 3
  • WMWED – Week 5 – February 3
  • BHTHUR – Week 5 – February 4
  • WMFRI – Week 5 – February 5

Photos will be posted online and FREE to download.

 

 

Check-In for Week 1 of the Season – 2021

2021 – This year is obviously different from past years.  We will definitely be racing the first day of each league.  It’s an ever changing situation.

We will be holding Timed Practices from January 4 – January 13.  Team Competition will begin on January 14.  To keep everyone safe and in compliance, the rules below must be followed.

BUCK HILL RACERS

  • Check in starts 1 hour prior to course inspection
  • Find us for check in the parking lot spots next to the Hutch at the base of “Teacher’s Pet”.
  • Please keep 6′ apart and wear a mask.
  • Masks – Face Coverings are required at all timesexcept when in the course – masks must be worn during inspection.
  • Waivers need to be signed digitally prior to check in.  If you have not signed a waiver you will be asked to go and fill one out on your phone and then come back.
  • Follow this Link for all of BUCK HILL COVID GUIDELINES

WILD MOUNTAIN RACERS

  • Check in will be held in the “Bears Den” and will start 1 hour prior to course inspection
  • Each participant will pick up a bib and T-shirt.
  • Waivers need to be signed digitally prior to check in.  If you have not signed a waiver you will be asked to go and fill one out on your phone and then come back.
  • Only a small number of participants can be in line to pick up at a time and need to remain 6′ apart.
  • Masks – Face Coverings are required at all times – except when in the course – masks must be worn during inspection.
  • Participants are allowed to boot up in this room.
  • Follow this Link for all of WILD MOUNTAIN COVID GUIDELINES

ALL PARTICIPANTS AT BOTH AREAS

  • Masks – everyone is required to wear a mask inside all facilities and when outsideexcept when in the course – masks must be worn during inspection.
  • Each team is considered a “Pod”.  Each pod must remain 12 feet apart from other pods.
  • Inspection will start 1/2 hour prior to start time.  You will need to remain 6 feet apart, wear your mask and space out at the top while waiting to get in the course to inspect.
  • Only three people per side allowed on the ramp.  One in each start gate, one on the ramp, and one at the bottom of the ramp.  Please stay in bib order.  Lining up in a crowd at the bottom or on the ramp is prohibited.  Stay 6 feet apart in the area around the ramp while waiting.  Keep an eye on what bib numbers are going so you can get to the top at the right time.
  • When you complete your run you can watch your team.  You all must remain 6 feet apart at the bottom of the run.  Once your team is done you need to move on to allow for room for the next team.
  • NO SPECTATORS ALLOWED – Spectators will be allowed starting January 14.  They will need to follow all the ski area Covid guidelines and rules.
  • Everyone is assigned one number that will be used throughout the entire seven week series.  No one else can wear your bib or use your number.  This bib number is tied directly to your information on our database.  Once you pick up your bib for the season, just show up at the top of the hill each week for your runs.  If you forget your bib, please alert the starter.  There is no need to check in after the first race you are in.
    • Your bib number is our way to track who was at each event for contact tracing.

GUESTS

If you have a guest who would like to participate, or if you want to participate as a guest at a league you normally don’t participate in, follow this link for more information.  You must register online to participate as a guest this year:  GUEST

NASTAR for 2021

NASTAR has pulled itself together and we have finally come to an agreement with them.  All Ski Challenge scores will be sent under the “Ski Challenge” name.  Neither Buck Hill nor Wild Mountain will be participating as NASTAR Resorts.

Ski Challenge will be holding four Open, NASTAR type of races on certain Saturday nights throughout the season.  GO HERE for more information.

Welcome Back to Racing!

2021 marks the 36th season of Ski Challenge!  It looks like it’s going to be a little bit different kind of season this year due to the Pandemic.  We know no matter what, our racers are die-hards!  The members of Ski Challenge make our program the success that it is.  You are enthusiastic for the sport and can’t seem to get enough!

This year we will be focusing on racing and enjoying the great outdoors.  We may need to modify our traditional awards ceremonies or may not be able to have them, but we will do all we can to post results quickly online and honor all of our racers.  We will know more as we get closer to the season.  The safety of our racers and staff is our main priority!

We’ve added a COVID update page to our website.  Check back for updates as we get closer to the season.

Did you know that Ski Challenge started in 1985 with around 35 people?  It has grown to over 1,000 racers.  This year we will have 12 different leagues to choose from for regular season as well as a couple open races in December.  We’ve added four Saturday night open races to our schedule at Buck Hill.  These races will offer participants a chance to just run gates, get times and handicaps.  Two of the races we are planning on offering a lane of slalom!

We are still planning on our Championships at Giants Ridge this Spring.  We will know more about the format and schedule as we get closer.  Hopefully we will be in a much better position with the pandemic by then.

 

Covid – 19 Information

Updated:  February 27, 2021

GIANTS RIDGE

  • 15 people will be allowed at a time in the Sprung building for check in and booting up.
  • All bags and equipment must be stored in your vehicle or lodging
  • Masks must be worn at all events, on ramps, in lift lines (may be taken down while racing in the course)
  • GIANTS RIDGE COVID POLICY

BUCK HILL

  • You must boot up and warm up in your vehicle. Inside is not open for this.
  • Inside is open for purchasing food and beverage and restroom use only.
  • Ski Challenge will have a table in Hillside Room (under bar) for any check in, bib pick up, guests. We will be there 45 minutes prior to course inspection.
  • BUCK HILL COVID POLICY

WILD MOUNTAIN

  • Ski Challenge participants may continue to boot up in the Bear’s Den room. All bags and belongings must be stored in your vehicle and not left in the room.
  • Ski Challenge will have a table in the Bear’s Den room
  • WILD MOUNTAIN COVID POLICY

At our Practices and Events:

  • Masks – everyone is required to wear a mask inside all facilities and when outsideexcept when in the course – masks must be worn during inspection.
  • Each team is considered a “Pod”.  Each pod must remain 12 feet apart from other pods.
  • Inspection will start 1/2 hour prior to start time.  You will need to remain 6 feet apart, wear your mask and space out at the top while waiting to get in the course to inspect.
  • RAMP – 6′ off distance must be  kept on the ramp.  Please stay in bib order.  DO NOT line up in a crowd at the bottom or on the ramp.  Stay 6 feet apart in the area around the ramp while waiting.  Keep an eye on what bib numbers are going so you can get to the top at the right time.
  • When you complete your run you can watch your team.  You all must remain 6 feet apart at the bottom of the run.  Once your team is done you need to move on to allow for room for the next team.
  • Everyone is assigned one number that will be used throughout the entire seven week series.  No one else can wear your bib or use your number.  This bib number is tied directly to your information on our database.  Once you pick up your bib for the season, just show up at the top of the hill each week for your runs.  If you forget your bib, please alert the starter.  There is no need to check in after the first race you are in.
    • Your bib number is our way to track who was at each event for contact tracing.

Registration and Liability waivers:

  • Register online
  • Pay online or mail in a check
  • Guest Racers register and pay online by 3 PM the day of night races.  Sunday races and day races register and pay online by two hours prior to inspection.

Check in, getting ready for the race, racing

SKI CHALLENGE COVID-19 Preparedness Plan at Buck Hill

SKI CHALLENGE COVID-19 Preparedness Plan at Wild Mountain

BUCK HILL GUIDELINES

WILD MOUNTAIN GUIDELINES

 

We understand that this is an ever changing situation and are honestly shocked and disappointed that we are still having to worry about it for our January races.  We will do our best to give you the best racing experience possible under the circumstances.  And, we thank you for your support to keep our program alive.

 

 

Goggles for Docs

GOGGLES FOR DOCS ~ ~ So, this story began with a request on Saturday, March 28, 2020 from a NYC Doctor wanting to help bridge the gap until more eye protection could arrive.  By Sunday morning, the east coast ski community erupted with a HUGE groundswell of support providing snowsports goggles. By Sunday mid-day, https://gogglesfordocs.com/ was born. Goggles for Docs is a grassroots effort by collective of hundreds of skiers, riders & snowsports media and manufacturers coming together to offer possible solutions to help during an unprecedented public health crisis.

Here’s what YOU may do to help:

  1. Collect goggles ~ Clean out your boot bags & closets!
  2. Prep your goggles for distribution:
      • Sanitize/wipe goggles & place goggles in a ziplock bag
  3. Check the Goggles for Docs website for locations that are in need of protective eyewear
  4. If you can overnight them directly to a listed facility ~ DO IT (It will get protective eyewear into their hands quickly) -or- Drop-off your prepped donation (sanitized and bagged):Gear West (Long Lake)
    Hi Tempo & The Foot Lab (White Bear Lake)
    Joe’s Sporting Goods (St. Paul)
    Sun & Slope Outfitters (Wayzata)

It is our hope that our healthcare professionals & 1st responders get the official PPE that they need and these donations aren’t needed.  But, we want to be there to help bridge the gap until they do.  Thanks so much for your support and generosity!

Questions… please call Lezlie at 612-708-6810 or Lpinske@frontiernet.net