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The Saga Continues; the 2016/2017 ski racing Saga, that is!
But first, you might wonder why I write about racing all the time. The answer is simple – I am the Competition Director and the only competition our club participates in these days is ski/snowboard races. Furthermore, everyone who knows me knows that ski racing is what I do, it’s “My Thing” you might say. So, it is with the hope that you find my racing summaries interesting and informative that I will continue with this one as well as any future ones.
For the best club racers every ski/race season ends with the Far West Racing Association (FWRA) Championships. Of late, it has been competed at either Mammoth Mountain or Alpine Meadows on a two consecutive years alternating basis. Thus, last season’s races were at Alpine Meadows, for the second year in a row, and this season’s and next at Mammoth Mountain. Last season they were held a bit earlier than usual, i.e., in late March, whereas this season we returned to the early (first week of) April dates that have been customary. So it was that on the weekend of April 1st and 2nd, 100 of the top racers from the ski clubs of the Far West (mostly from northern and southern California) convened at Mammoth Mountain to determine the “Best of the Best” for the 2016/2017 season. Two-run, combined time races were run with the Slalom (SL) races held on Saturday and the Giant Slalom (GS) races held on Sunday. Each day, the top six skill classes (Skill Zero’s to Skill 5’s) raced in the morning, and the lower skill classes (Skill 6’s to Skill 10’s) raced in the afternoon. That is, Elite-to-Advanced raced in the morning, and Intermediate-to-Beginner raced in the afternoon.