[FWM News] FIS Masters Cup at Mammoth
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Tue Mar 5 08:29:42 PST 2013
The FIS Masters Cup races at Mammoth were held Wed-Sun last week and featured a streak of
incredible weather and racing conditions that held until the final day of the event.
This week brings a long-awaited "pattern change" with a mid-week storm bringing snow after a dry
stretch since the holiday storms. The weather forecasts call for clearing by the weekend, just in
time for the annual McKinney Cup races at Mt. Rose. We'll be racing on the "Slide side" out of the
Winters Creek base lodge, with SL Saturday on Sunrise and a full-length GS Sunday on Silver
Dollar. Mt. Rose is always a welcoming venue and a fun race, so tune up the race boards for a fun
weekend! Online registration is open through 9pm Thursday evening.
Following Mt. Rose, the annual Masters National Championships will be held at Big Sky MT this year
on Mar. 18-23. Big Sky reports excellent snow conditions and has great masters race hills -
entries are still being accepted, so there's still time to sign up for our "big event".
The final Far West masters races of the season will be at Squaw Valley on Apr. 4-7, with Thu-Sat
SG-GS-SL races. The season banquet will be Saturday evening at Squaw's Olympic House - sign up
online at SkiRaceReg.com to make your reservation. The weekend will conclude with a Sunday dual
fun race for masters, junior athletes, and family and friends who can join this fun team event.
Mammoth FIS Masters Cup
The 2013 FIS Masters Cup international masters races were hosted by Mammoth Mountain on Feb.
29-Mar. 3. SG training was held on Wednesday and competitors were treated to two training runs on
the World Cup/Terrie's race venue under warm, sunny skies with light breezes and excellent
conditions on the track with firm but grippy snow. And it only got better from there - Thursday's
opening race brought brought another day of fabulous conditions, and the second SG on Friday was if
anything even better. Three days of ideal conditions and great racing - no wonder there were so
many smiles at the finish!
The scene switched to SL for the weekend. While Saturday brought a few high clouds and increasing
winds ahead of a small front, racing conditions on Fascination continued the standard set by the
speed venue. Excellent skiing was displayed on both the Group B/C course and the younger Group A
men's course, with top positions settled by hundredths in tight racing.
Sunday arrived with snow, wind, and fog, leading to an early end to the weekend with the jury
decision to cancel the race due to the soft conditions on the race hill. Disappointment in losing
the final race was balanced by positive memories and encounters with old and new friends. We thank
everyone who was able to come and compete in this event, especially our friends from other
countries who brought an international flavor that was much appreciated by the American competitors.
Complete event results on ussamasters.org:
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