As always, this winter our club is participating in the Connecticut Ski Council’s Monday Night Racing series at Mount Southington. Races will begin in December (conditions permitting), and continue each week for 8 weeks (you don’t have to attend every week, come as often as you like!). Registration begins upstairs in the lodge at 5:30PM and races begin at 7:45PM. Cost will be ~$30, which includes an all night ticket and 2 runs on the race course. DO NOT buy your ticket at the window as tickets are distributed at the registration table. Make sure that you bring your Sterling membership card the first night you attend in order to register! If weather makes the race status questionable, check Mount Southington’s website and call the listed race hotline to see if the races are still on (they usually are).
The race format is best run, so only your best run counts towards the results. Skiers of any age (18 and over) and ability are encouraged to attend. Overall, participants’ racing experience range from grizzled veterans down to first time racers. Results are sorted by age class so racers are only racing against others their own age. The focus for most racers is on fun, not results, so if you’re an experienced racer, or if racing is something you’ve always wanted to try, come out and give it a shot! You may even win an award at the end of the year! If you have any questions, the full race schedule and other information (including state race info) can be found in the racing section on the CSC website (http://www.skiclub.com), or you can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. This year our Monday night racing league is again being integrated with NASTAR racing! For those who don’t know, NASTAR is a fun nationwide racing circuit based at many different ski areas. Normally it’s about $5 per run with NASTAR, so it’s a pretty good deal to not have to pay anything over what we normally would for Monday night racing. The neat thing about NASTAR is that there is a nationwide handicap system, so racers can use handicaps to see how they really compare to friends (even if you’re racing at different mountains on different days!). For more information on NASTAR racing, you can go to their website at www.nastar.com.
2013-2014 Monday Night Racing Schedule
Week 1 - Dec. 23
Week 2 - Dec. 30
Week 3 - Jan. 6
Week 4 - Jan. 13
Week 5 - Jan. 20
Week 6 - Jan. 27
Week 7 - Feb. 3
Week 8 - Feb. 10
Make up Date 1 - Feb. 17
Make up Date 2 - Feb. 24
2013-2014 State Races
Giant Slalom - Jan. 15 at Mount Southington (Make up Jan. 22)
Slalom - Feb. 12 at Mount Southington (Make up Feb. 19)
Downhill - Mar. 7 at Pico
Snowboard - Mar. 8 at Pico
Cross Country - Mar. 9 near Pico
*The 2 state races held at Mount Southington are in the evening. The three state races held at Pico are part of the Connecticut Ski Council Winter Carnival.