This is a test to see how this website works.  I am inserting text here and will view it later to see how it looks.  In preparation for writing the racing news column, I re-read last February’s column. The theme for last February’s column was how we are often rewarded with good skiing when we ski on days with a forecast for marginal skiing weather. This year, we had a “marginal forecast” for our first race of 2015.

Our first race of 2015 was at Elk on Saturday, January 3 and Sunday, January 4. The forecast was for rain and snow on that weekend. On Saturday there was almost no crowd. It looked like a weekday. We got snowed on a little, so we skied on several inches of fresh snow. And with the small crowds, the trails did not get skied off. The skiing was great. On Sunday the weather was dreary and drizzling – that’s a little beyond “marginal.” So we were rewarded with one great ski day with no crowds; and on Sunday, we didn’t feel bad about leaving early.
 
On Saturday in Giant Slalom, our race team did pretty well. One of our new ringers, Steve “Ice Man” Rheault came in first in his age group. Our other two ringers, Ron Konsza and Paul Fowser came in second and third in their age group.   We had a good turnout from the Wilmington race team. In addition to Ice Man, Ron and Paul, we had: Kathy Hart, Dawn Gearheart, Fred Forbes, Bob Juskus, Steve Zilli, Bill Pammer, Mason Gearheart, Mark David and Patrick McKinney.  I had a doctor’s note that I didn’t have to race, so I just “coached”.

Some of those are new names. Ice Man, Dawn and Mason joined us from other teams; Mark and Patrick are new to racing with ASRA.

Sunday’s weather was a bit of a mess for our Slalom race. So many people didn’t race. Soft snow can be tough to ski in and treacherous to race in. Luckily there was enough ice and hard pack base that the race course held up well. Kathy Hart came in second in her age group, Bob Juskus came in second in his age group and Ron Konsza and Steve Zilli came in first and third in their age group.  

RACE TEAM AFTER SKI WAXING!  (They look exhausted—Ed.) Left-to-right: Steve Zilli, Fast Fred Forbes, Rich Zober, Paul Fowser, Susan Maximuk, John Hadfield and Ron Konsza.  Seated: Bill Champion

RACE TEAM AFTER SKI WAXING!  (They look exhausted—Ed.) Left-to-right: Steve Zilli, Fast Fred Forbes,
Rich Zober, Paul Fowser, Susan Maximuk, John Hadfield and Ron Konsza.  Seated: Bill Champion

The races remaining in our season are shown in the race schedule. Note that we will be racing at Montage on February 7. That is the same day as the Ski Club bus trip to Montage. The race is on the same trail as the NASTAR course, but the course is a little more difficult than NASTAR. If you might be interested in racing with us there, let me know. Or just come out and laugh.

 THINK SNOW!

 Bill Champion

2015 - 2016 EVENT CALENDAR TESTING

Date
Dec 8-11
Dec 12
Dec 13
Dec 14
Jan 3
Jan 4
Jan 10
Jan 17
Jan 18
Jan 24-25
Feb 2
Feb 7
Feb 14-15
Feb 21
Feb 22
Feb 28
Mar 12
Mar 13
Mar 14
Mar 15

*American Ski
   Racing Alliance

Event
ASRA* Race Camp
ASRA Openers - GS
ASRA Openers - GS
ASRA Openers - SL
GS
SL
GS - From top of "Switch"
GS
SL
TBA
Full-course GS Training
GS - From top of "Switch
TBA
GS on Dot Nebel
SG on Pepacton
GS - Tentative
Training
GS
GS, ASRA Championships
SL

SL - Slalom