[FWM News] March Madnews
Far West Masters news
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Wed Mar 17 22:50:47 PDT 2010
A busy month in the Far West!
Mammoth Speed Weekend
The outlook for the Mammoth speed weekend wasn't promising when a foot
of fresh snow fell on the preceding Wednesday, with another storm
forecast for the weekend. But Thursday was a bluebird powder day, the
weather forecast shifted to scattered showers, and the grooming and
race crews set to work to produce some Mammoth magic.
Thanks to the outstanding work by the Mammoth Race Department to
prepare and maintain the courses, along with some excellent course
setting by Pierre Jeangirard to accommodate the conditions, we had
three very good SG races on Friday and Saturday. The weekend wrapped
up on Sunday with a Super Combined - 1 run each of SG and SL. The SL
run rapidly became bouncy due to the soft snow conditions, but racers
attacked in good spirit with varying combinations of quick feet and
dynamic recoveries to put on an exciting show for spectators and fellow
Complete weekend results and updated season standings are posted on the
Upcoming Events: Squaw, Mt. Rose
This coming weekend of Mar. 20-21 is the Bernard Cup GS races at Squaw
Valley. Always a good event on the challenging Exhibition run, this
year we're adding a new wrinkle of 3 races in 2 days - 3 runs per day!
The weekend weather looks likely to bring some lovely spring racing
conditions, so this should be a lot of fun.
Squaw Valley will be offering GS training on Friday, March 19, 2010
from 9:30 - 12:00 on the same race hill where we will be competing
Saturday and Sunday. The coaches for this training will be Kurt Belden,
well-known to most of us as a top competitor and now the masters coach
at Squaw, and Barry Thys, former US Ski team member. The training will
also include timed runs, (thus simulating actual race conditions) and
video recordings of your runs. Price for this training will be $49.00.
Check with the Squaw Valley Race Department for details and to sign up.
The next weekend of Mar. 27-28 will be the popular McKinney Cup stop at
Mt. Rose, with a SL race on Saturday and GS on Sunday. This is always
an excellent event, with good race hills and a warm welcome for us from
everyone at Mt. Rose.
March winds up with the USSA Masters National Championships the week of
Mar. 29-Apr. 2 at Sun Valley ID. Far West is sending a good-size crew
of about 30 competitors and this should be an outstanding week of
racing on Sun Valley's Warm Springs race venues. The preliminary
competitor list is posted on the 2010 nationals event page on
ussamasters.org. There are still slots open before the field size is
filled, so if you're able to make a late decision to compete you can
still get your entry in. (see the nationals web page for details and a
link to the entry form)
Pam Warman Fundraiser
Some of you may have met Pam Warman at our Sierra at Tahoe races, where
she's worked as a starter on our races (or Sean Warman, the Competition
Services director). The word has been spreading rapidly through the ski
racing community in recent weeks that Pam is battling cancer and
efforts are being organized to help with fundraising for medical bills.
Pam was a successful WC tech for the USST for a number of years -
actually the only women ever to be a WC ski tech - and many US team
athletes are stepping up to help out (Bode donated his Olympic helmet
to auction on ebay) along with others in the racing and ski communities.
There's going to be a fundraiser event in Tahoe on April 13th to help
her with medical expenses. She'll have tons of current USST athletes
there, as well as many from the PSIA demo team, and the day will
include a fun race, ski clinics, and dinner with auction of donated
items. For more about Pam and the April fundraiser, please visit the
http://pamwarman.webs.com web site that's been put together by her
friends and supporters.
April Season Finals
The final event of the 2010 Far West Masters season will be the season
finals at Mammoth Mountain on Apr. 13-18. This year we're making this a
complete event (just like the World Cup Finals, almost!), starting with
DH on Tue/Wed, a SG on Thu, and GS/SL technical races on Friday and
Saturday. Come for as much of the week as you can, it should be a fun
Saturday will wind up with the annual season banquet. Sunday will be
our now-traditional dual "fun race", where we put together teams mixing
up masters, family, friends, and some of our junior scholarship
athletes and tackle some head-to-head competition.
Banquet details will be posted next week and you'll be able to put in
your reservation along with your race entries on our usual Race Entries
form. Check the web site next week for updated details and entry
information for the April season finals at Mammoth.
We are also planning to hold a general membership meeting during the
finals weekend - time and place will be posted on the web site.
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