Our first race of the season was the Mid-Atlantic Masters race at Elk, PA, Saturday, January 5. Because of snow condition, it was not safe to have a giant slalom (GS) race (there was not enough snow to anchor the protective netting). So we had a “double dose” of slalom (SL) on Saturday. That is, we had two separate SL races (two runs each).

We had a pretty good turn out, we had six men and three women racers. Tim Whitman came in second overall in both races. He won his age group, which includes some of the top racers in Mid-Atlantic Masters. Susan Maximuk won her age group in both races. Ron Konza and Paul Fowser race in the same age group. They finished first and second in their age groups in both races. Beth Forbes came in second in her age group in both races and Kathy Hart finished second in her age group in the second race.

Below is our schedule for the remainder of the season. We have races every weekend in February. The race at Montage on February 2 is double GS. We have two separate GS races with two runs each. The race course is not as long or as steep as the race course at Elk. If you are interested in racing, it is a good place to try it.

Technically the Montage race course is very difficult, because it is not very steep you have to ski well not to lose speed by skidding turns and making turns late.

Bear Creek has NASTAR racing on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. It is open to the public. The cost is $5 plus a lift ticket for 2 runs or $10 for as many runs as you can stand. The link to NASTAR at Bear Creek is https://www.bcmountainresort.com/play/snowsports/pennsylvania-nastar-racing/

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Bill Champion

Date Location Race
1/5 Elk, PA SL, SL
1/24 to 1/27 Stratton, VT
Eastern VT Championship
2/2 Montage, PA GS, GS
2/9 to 2/10 Bellayre, NY GS, SL
2/15 to 2/17 West Mountain, NY SG, GS, SL
2/23 Mountain Creek, NJ GS, GS
3/15 to 3/17 West Mountain, NY
MAM Finals