2022 marks the 37th season of Ski Challenge! After a somewhat trying season last year, we are hoping for a more normal one this year!
Both Buck Hill and Wild Mountain have designated rooms for us to check in, get ready and celebrate our awards in. At Wild Mountain we will be meeting in the Bear’s Den. At Buck Hill we will be meeting in the Event Center next to Buck ‘54 Bar and Restaurant.
Wild Mountain has done some major renovating this past off-season. A cozy bar and sitting area has been added to the upper level chalet along with a sunny deck.
Some things we learned from last year will be kept in place for this year. Our check in process was streamlined with better check in procedures to keep the line moving. We also pushed guests to sign up and pay prior to coming to the hill in order to process their registrations and check ins quicker.
We will be keeping the Open NASTAR races at Buck Hill. These are a great way to get some extra, timed runs in. Also, a good way to expose a friend to racing in a simple, user friendly way. We will have two races in December, three Saturday evenings in January and two Saturday evenings in February. See the information in this newsletter or on our website for more details and dates.
Buck Hill Updates: Buck Hill Lift tickets for evening races: A $20 lift ticket can be purchased for skiing at 7:00 PM. Ski Challenge racers can purchase these tickets at 6:45 and be out on the course before 7:00. To get this price, the ticket must be purchased On-line. Tickets purchased in person will cost $25.
Score Board at Buck Hill: The score board no longer works at Buck Hill. They have installed a new speaker system and will be announcing times. There will also be a speaker at the top of the race run by the ramp.
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 the two open races in December, and the five open races in January and February.
Championships at Giants Ridge is set for March 4, 5 and 6, 2022. Included in the weekend will be a gate practice, an open team race for fun prizes, Team events and the King & Queen of the Hel event. The Midwest Masters will be having an event on Sunday afternoon of that weekend also.
We are looking forward to a great season and are happy that many racers are coming back!