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Brian Bebler

We are so sad to report the passing of our good friend and Ski Challenge racer Brian Bebler on Thursday, October 4, 2018.    Brian has participated for many years on “The Chinese Downhill” team on Wednesday nights at Buck Hill.  Brian also designed many of our T-shirts as well as our newest Ski Challenge Logo.  His creativity, kindness and friendship will be greatly missed.  Please follow this link for more information:

Brian Bebler Obituary

Larry Alm (Husband to Judy Alm)

Please support long time Ski Challenge member, Judy Alm, in the passing of her husband Larry Alm.  A celebration of his life will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Knights of Columbus Banquet Hall in Bloomington.  To see the complete Obituary follow this link:  LARRY ALM


Willi Zogg

It saddens us to report the passing of Will Zogg, long time Ski Challenge racer.  Willi passed away on July 27, 2017.

Memorial service 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 2 with visitation 1 hour prior at Spirit of Hope United Methodist Church, 7600 Harold Ave., Golden Valley. Memorials to family for the purchase of a bench in Westwood Hill Nature Preserve. WasburnMcReavy.com Edina Chapel 952-920-3996

CLICK HERE FOR FULL OBITUARY

 

Bill Cavanagh

March 2, 2016 –
We are sadden by the passing of our friend and teammate, Bill Cavanah this past weekend.  Bill participated with The Karma Terrain on Wednesday afternoons at Buck Hill.   Funeral 2 PM Friday at the Church of St. Olaf, 215 S. 8th St., Mpls. Visitation Thursday 5-8 PM with Sharing of Memories 7-7:30 PM at Gearty-Delmore Plymouth Chapel, 15800 37th Ave N. @ Vicksburg Lane and Friday at St. Olaf one hour before service.

Donations preferred to the Cavanagh Children’s Donation Account. Gearty-Delmore 763-553-1411 gearty-delmore.com

MORE INFO


Judy Alm

Long time Buck Hill ski racer and fashion show coordinator, Judy Alm, of the teams Guys and Dolls and Ladies of the Night, caught a gate on her first race of the season and broke both of her ankles and had to have surgery on both. The right ankle was out of alignment and required a plate and three screws. The left ankle was cracked and required a screw to help it heal faster. She has a hard cast on each leg. She cannot bear weight on the left foot for two weeks and no weight on the right foot for 6 weeks. She cannot drive for 3 months. 

Judy has been a caregiver for her husband who has Parkinson’s disease for the past 3 years. Her three daughters are now caring for their dad and Visiting Angels is going to their home for five overnights a week. 

She is now in a care facility until she can get around on her own, most likely three weeks.
The Villa, 7500 West 22nd Street, St. Louis Park. The phone number at The Villa is 952-546-4261.

Please send Judy your well wishes and prayers for a speedy recovery.


John Miller

Longtime ski racer, John “Jack” Miller, age 81, of the team The Grand Finale, passed away December 26, 2015 surrounded by his family. He was very active in his community as a member of Rotary and Kiwanis. He was also an avid outdoors-man enjoying duck hunting and fishing and loved to share his passion with family and friends. John had a lifelong passion for downhill skiing and joined The Ski Challenge in his early 70’s, eventually winning a national gold medal for NASTAR ski racing in Winter Park, Colorado. 

A celebration of his life will be held on Sunday, January 24th, 2016 at Bayview Event Center on Lake Minnetonka, 687 Excelsior Blvd, Excelsior, MN 55331. Visitation will start at 11:30. Service will be held from 1:00-2:00 followed by a luncheon.


 

Roy Hagen

One of our beloved racers, Roy Hagen, passed away on January 3, 2016 around 5:00pm with his family all around him.

Visitation and Funeral Service will be on Thursday, January 7, 2016 at Gethsemane Lutheran Church, 715 Minnetonka Mills Rd, Hopkins, MN 55343.

Visitation will begin at 9:30 am, the Service at 11:00 am with lunch afterwards. Burial is at Fort Snelling at 1:45.

Roy was a long time Wild Mountain Ski Challenge Racer.


 

Please keep Dave Hurely, long time Ski Challenge racer, in your thoughts and prayers as he goes through this tough time.

Marguarite Alice Hurley

Hurley, Marguarite Alice age 60 of Apple Valley. Preceded in death by mother, Yvonne LaGrandeur. Survived by husband of 35 years, David; father, Phillip LaGrandeur; daughters, Siobahn and Caitlin; sister, Patrice LaGrandeur; brother, Pierre LaGrandeur; sisters-in-law, Terry Marlais, Judy Hurley. Visitation Thursday, October 29, 4-7 PM. Memorial service Friday, October 30, 11 AM with visitation 1 hour prior to at: Washburn-McReavy.com Eden Prairie Chapel 952-975-0400 7625 Mitchell Rd. (1 blk. N. of Hwy 5)


Thomas Mark Casey

  • Thomas Mark Casey

Casey, Thomas Mark Age 60, of Chaska. Passed away peacefully on October 19th surrounded by family and friends after a courageous battle with Multiple System Atrophy (MSA). Tom was a graduate of DeLaSalle H.S. and a member of the University of Minnesota Diving Team. He is preceded in death by his father (Robert “Bob” Casey) and mother (Rosemary). He is survived by his spouse, Diane Casey; children, Mitchel, Griffin, and Taylor; brothers, Joseph (Kerri) and Michael; sisters-in-law, Molly Frawley and Sherise Wright (Jeff), Dawn Marie Johnson (Phil); nieces, nephews and many friends and family. Tom had a great number of friends from his work and hobbies including skiing, biking, and motorcycling. He had a great sense of humor and lived life to the fullest. He was incredibly proud of his children and felt very blessed to have such wonderful friends and family. He will be greatly missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him. Visitation at the church at 11am. Funeral Mass 1pm Thursday, Oct. 22; St. Victoria Parish (8228 Victoria Dr, Victoria, MN). No flowers please.

Help Wanted at Joe’s

Joe’s Sporting Goods
Retail Sales Associate – Alpine/Nordic/Snowboard Department
Part-time

Share your passion for the outdoors while generating sales, providing great customer service and building a loyal customer base.  Experience as a skier or snowboarder is preferred as you are expected to assist customers by providing technical details and offer suggestions on new products.  A good work ethic, confidence, self motivation and a service-oriented attitude are some of the requirements to be a sales associate at Joe’s!

Responsibilities:

  • Interacting with customers, both in person and on the phone.
  • Providing the utmost customer service, advice, and fitting of Downhill Ski, Snowboard, and Nordic Ski gear
  • Ability to multi-task with paying close attention to detail
  • Completing assigned tasks for opening or closing the department.
  • Merchandising and replenishing stock, cleaning, and refilling supplies as needed.
  • Communicate customer requests and feedback with the buyer.

Skills:

  • Passion in Skiing, Snowboarding, Nordic Skiing and the outdoors
  • Interest in Watersports, Camping, Paddle Sports and Footwear
  • Background in properly fitting boots/orthotics
  • Possesses good written, verbal communication skills, and interpersonal skills.
  • Be a team player and have the ability of meeting assigned targets/goals.
  • Have good organizational skills and an understanding of basic merchandising.

Requirements:

  • 2 nights/week 2 weekends/month September – March
  • Possibility of spring/summer employment
  • Weekend and Holiday availability
  • Experienced winter enthusiast

Education:

  • High school, college preferred.  Retirees are encouraged to apply.
  • Up-to-date knowledge of current snow sports products and fitting techniques
  • Merchandising and sales background preferred.
  • Training will be provided
More Info

Jackson Hole Race Camp Exposed – By Paul Burrows

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By:  Paul Burrows

Barb and Dave have arranged another very positive program. This one just happens to be in Jackson Hole. YAHOO!

I have noticed the JH logo and words race camp in the Ski Challenge news letters for a long time. I finally got around to going last year. I wish I had not waited so long.

The instruction is provided by the JH Ski School. They do a great job along with the rest of the mountain staff. Here’s what you’ll find. If Nature has not cooperated they make snow so there is good cover on a lot of the runs. I do not know how the group came out last season, but I had no damage to my skis. There is a dedicated support crew that takes care of the courses, same for the video.

During the day you will mix drills with gates. The drills for my group took us on a tour of the open runs. We were not kept in just one place. The course was the only thing kept in the same place. It was on Werner just off the Apres Vous chair. This schedule pretty much takes up the first two days. The morning of the third day is a NASTAR race, pacesetter and all. It’s then on to lunch. Continued training was offered after lunch, but I was pretty much raced out and just wanted to free ski, as many years had passed since I was last out to Jackson Hole.

The lodging is fun. It’s a Bavarian Hotel, Gasthaus, and Beirstube that is lightly Americanized all rolled into one. The lodging prices are very respectable (good show Barb), and the location cannot be beat. Its out the door, two rights followed by about 30-40 steps and you are at the Ski School and the base the lifts. No complaints here!

To get out to Jackson some of us drove, and the rest flew. With the timing of the program it’s not peak season and I am guessing the airline prices are a bit more agreeable than later in the winter.  We were given the gift of three bluebird days, but to be honest even if it had been overcast, snowing, or both, it still would have been a good time.

My currently non-skiing wife also attended, found more than enough to do and had a great time.  Hats off to Barb and Dave for putting a great one together, sehr gut!

This is just my version of the time out in Jackson Hole last December. For the fine points you need to read the material Barb has placed in the Ski Challenge news letter.

Great Mountain,
Great Folks,
Excellent Adventure!
Paul Burrows
Buck Hill, Wednesday Afternoons

Register for Camp Here

Help Wanted at Joe’s Ski Shop

Joe’s Sporting Goods
Retail Sales Associate – Alpine/Nordic/Snowboard Department
Part-time

Apply Here

 Share your passion for the outdoors while generating sales, providing great customer service and building a loyal customer base.  Experience as a skier or snowboarder is preferred as you are expected to assist customers by providing technical details and offer suggestions on new products.  A good work ethic, confidence, self motivation and a service-oriented attitude are some of the requirements to be a sales associate at Joe’s!

Responsibilities:

  • Interacting with customers, both in person and on the phone.
  • Providing the utmost customer service, advice, and fitting of Downhill Ski, Snowboard, and Nordic Ski gear
  • Ability to multi-task with paying close attention to detail
  • Completing assigned tasks for opening or closing the department.
  • Merchandising and replenishing stock, cleaning, and refilling supplies as needed.
  • Communicate customer requests and feedback with the buyer.

Skills:

  • Passion in Skiing, Snowboarding, Nordic Skiing and the outdoors
    • Interest in Watersports, Camping, Paddle Sports and Footwear
  • Background in properly fitting boots/orthotics
  • Possesses good written, verbal communication skills, and interpersonal skills.
  • Be a team player and have the ability of meeting assigned targets/goals.
  • Have good organizational skills and an understanding of basic merchandising.

Requirements:

  • 2 nights/week 2 weekends/month September – March
    • Possibility of spring/summer employment
  • Weekend and Holiday availability
  • Experienced winter enthusiast

Education:

  • High school, college preferred.  Retirees are encouraged to apply.
  • Up-to-date knowledge of current snow sports products and fitting techniques
  • Merchandising and sales background preferred.
  • Training will be provided

Ski Challenge Sponsors and Advertising

Ski Challenge is always looking for new sponsors and advertisers.  If you are looking for a unique way to promote your goods or business, become a Ski Challenge Sponsor!

Ski Challenge sponsors benefit by being exposed to a great target market of like minded people.

Some of the basic benefits that sponsors get are:

  • Ads in all printed and e-mail newsletters (provided by sponsor)
  • Logo with link on all e-news sent out by Ski Challenge
  • Listed on Ski Challenge Brochures
  • Name on General Sponsor Page of website with link to your website
  • Mention at League awards ceremony
  • Mention for door prize give away at each week in leagues sponsored
  • Allowed to distribute any literature at league events

Higher level sponsors get:

  • Logo to appear on website league pages
  • Logo to appear on league results posted on website
  • Sponsor events and news promoted on Ski Challenge Facebook Page
  • Logo on t-shirts (120+ per league)
  • Logo on Bibs (120+ per league)
  • Logo on Team Photos
  • Logo on Running orders inside and outside and on website for all leagues sponsored
  • Logo on indoor League banner for all leagues sponsored
  • Logo displayed on banner(s) at Championships at Giants Ridge
  • Logo in Newsletter under league standings
  • Logo on Ski Challenge Vehicle and Trailer (pending vehicle sponsorship – no logos on vehicle if no vehicle sponsor)
  • Logo on table toppers  and running orders for all leagues sponsored
  • Logo on weekly result pages at hill, shops and website – for all leagues sponsored
  • Outdoor banner hung up weekly (banner provided by you) – for all leagues sponsored

We offer five different levels of sponsorship.  Platinum, Gold, Silver, Bronze, and Contributing sponsor levels.

Contact Barb at Ski Challenge at info@skichallenge.com or 952-894-9220 for more information.

 

Buck Hill Friday PM and Saturday AM Leagues Discontinued

Unfortunately, Buck Hill has decided to cancel our Friday night and Saturday morning leagues for the 2019 season. Friday nights have been cancelled due to the lack of meeting space for our check in and awards. Black Diamond wants to rent out the event center on Friday nights if possible and the Hutch is being used by the ski school. Saturday mornings, Black Diamond wants to rent out the event center and Buck Hill does not want a race on the hill on Saturdays.

Please consider joining our NEW Friday DAY league at Buck Hill. This league will be considered an All Age League and also a BONUS league. This means you get two runs in each course. Race time is 1 pm, with inspection at 12:30 pm. The event should wrap up by 3 pm.

Also, if you are a family or kid who enjoyed our Friday night league, please consider our Sunday PM league. This is an all age league that is also a bonus league. It starts at 5:15 pm. Course inspection at 4:45. We are usually all wrapped up by 7 pm.

We are disappointed that this has happened, but want to give everyone the heads up and options that are available.

We are contemplating and working with the Buck Hill race department to have some kind of practice/gate nights with timing on the four Friday nights in January. This is in the early planning stages and we will let everyone know if it will happen.

2018 Championships Recap

We had another successful Championships Weekend at Giants Ridge March 2-4.  The weather was fabulous and the conditions were awesome!  We had a total of 511 racer starts during the three days.  The Ski Challenge OPEN Team Race was held on Friday.  Divisional Team Racing was held on Saturday and Sunday.  And, the “King & Queen of the Hel” race was held on Saturday afternoon.  Scroll down to see more about each race.


Ski Challenge Friday OPEN Team Race on Innsbruck

“NoWax” team was the winner out of 17 teams again for the fourth year in a row!  The team included Scott Malmsten, Ken McAdam, Kristina Ammon, Pat Hiller,  Doug Nordmeyer, and Terry Lutz.  We had 96 participants in the race.  An awards ceremony was held Friday night at the new chalet next to the Burnt Onion Bar.

To see all results click here:


TEAM RACING

Team racing took place on Saturday and Sunday of the Championships Weekend.  Divisions 2, 4 and 6 were on Saturday and Divisions 1, 3 and 5 were on Sunday.

Winning Teams: ALL RESULTS

Division 1:

  1. RE/WAX – Buck Hill Wednesday DAY
  2. Bud Bunch – Wild Mountain Sunday DAY
  3. Shotskis – Wild Mountain Sunday DAY

Division 2:

  1. RUdoneW/that? – Buck Hill Friday
  2. The Karma Terrain – Buck Hill Wednesday DAY
  3. The Gate Commandos – Buck Hill Sunday AM

Division 3:

  1. Musskis – Buck Hill Monday
  2. Buhler Blizzard – Buck Hill Sunday AM
  3. The Naski Boyz – Buck Hill Wednesday PM

Division 4:

  1.  The High Lifers – Buck Hill Thursday
  2.  Jesters – Buck Hill Wednesday PM
  3. The Cruzin Wild Bunch – Wild Mountain Sunday DAY

Division 5:

  1. Bucket Boys – Buck Hill Sunday PM
  2. Sitting Ducks – Buck Hill Wednesday PM
  3. Rail Riders – Buck Hill Saturday

Division 6

  1. The Rookies – Buck Hill Thursday
  2. Ancient Ninjas – Buck Hill Thursday
  3. Rock it Dawgs – Buck Hill Saturday

To see all results CLICK HERE


KING & QUEEN OF THE HEL RACE

This was the second year of the King and Queen of the Hel Race.  This race was open to all Ski Challenge members and non Ski Challenge members and is held on Helsinki.  We had 54 participants.  If you were a Ski Challenge member, we took your “rated Handicap” going into the race and compared what your earned handicap was in the race.  We then determined a % improvement (or un-improvement).  We crowned a King and a Queen of the Hel based on the best % of improvement.  We also gave prizes to the fastest racers in various age groups.

An awards ceremony was held on Saturday night in the new Chalet next to the Burnt Onion Bar.  Anika Hager was crowned Queen of the Hel.  Eddie Overholt was crowned King (for the second year in a row).  To see all the results for this race follow these links:

 


PHOTOS

To see photos from the weekend you can find links on our website here: PHOTOS.  Or you can find the photos on our facebook page here:  PHOTOS

 

 

 

2018 Season Wrap Up

Thanks to everyone for a great season!  It takes a lot of people, places, and moving parts to make everything work!  Mother Nature finally agreed with us this year by giving us Winter!  The conditions were good and the temps rarely went above 32 or below 0!  The on hill crews and Ski Challenge staff at Buck Hill and Wild Mountain worked hard to bring everyone a quality program for all abilities and race levels.

2017-18 By the Numbers

For the 2017 Preseason season we ended up with 218 racers starts.  We tried something different this past preseason by cutting back to two weeks of racing.  This avoided having to cancel the first week due to lack of winter weather and snow cover.  Cancelling the first week has been a trend for the last few years.  Starting the second week in December gave the ski areas time to get a good base and be ready for racing.  Unfortunately, we were unable to have a Wild Mountain preseason league.  There just was not enough participation to warrant the Ski Challenge Team format.  Wild Mountain did offer practice gates each Wednesday night in December for Ski Challenge racers.  Hopefully we can try again to have a pre-season league at Wild in December of 2018.

The total number of racer starts for our regular, seven week league series was 6,615.  This was number was up about 1% from the year before.

Ski Challenge helped put on the Padraig’s Place Ski Race benefit at Buck Hill on Saturday, February 10.  A total of 82 racers participated.

Giants Ridge hosted our end of the year Championships.  We had 361 racer starts in our Team Events.  96 participated in the Friday Ski Challenge Open race and 54 racers competed in the King & Queen of the Hel race.

Overall, the Ski Challenge submitted 7,276 results into NASTAR during the 2017-18 seasons.