[FWM News] Heavenly and Mt Rose race weekend
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Wed Mar 8 07:14:58 PST 2017
It's March in the Far West and we got some races off last weekend as the stormy winter finally gave
us a break with better weather!!
The Friday SL races at Heavenly had great conditions. Mt Rose turned into a short day on a short
course as we got blown off the hill mid-day by an incoming storm, but our one GS run was bluebird!
Details below and on the farwestmasters.org web site.
March highlights coming up: don't miss the Women's World Cup GS and SL races at Squaw this week -
be there if you can, it should be amazing.
The USSA masters national championships will be at Mammoth next week Mar. 13-18 and the weather
forecasts continue to show a relatively dry pattern, so we're looking forward to some great
conditions. Online registration is open through Friday night, so it's not too late to get signed
Event schedule and information is posted on the Nationals event page of ussamasters.org:
Mt. Rose McKinney Cup
As the weekend of Mar. 4-5 and the Mt. Rose McKinney cup races approached, the weather forecasts
began to shift from "sunny and warm" to "maybe some weather coming in". When we arrived at Rose on
Saturday morning, it was a gorgeous sunny day with the Sunshine Bowl race track beautifully
prepared. It was, however, a tad bit breezy. Everyone breathed a sigh of relief when the Zephyr
lift began to roll on schedule and competitors headed up the hill for inspection and our first run.
Although the course was a relatively short GS, due to the venue change from the Silver Dollar run
where the timing equipment was inaccessible under 20 feet of snow, the course was fun and the
sunshine appreciated after our stormy winter. Just before the scheduled second run start at
11:45am, with competitors arriving at the start, the winds increased past 60mph at the summit and
the lift went on wind hold. With the winds continuing to increase and 1-2 ft of snow forecast
overnight from a cold northern front, organizers and jury concluded that racing was done for the
weekend and all adjourned to the Winters Creek lodge for food and party socializing.
The McKinney Cup trophy, awarded to the fastest overall man and woman for the event, was easy to
calculate this year with only our 1-run GS to score! Andrea Levy (W01) convincingly took the
women's title, while Mihai Filimon (M04) topped the hotly contested men's standings.
Complete results are posted on the Race Results page along with the updated Season Standings
rankings for 2017.
Viva Italia SL Races
Viva Italia!!! The rescheduled Heavenly SL races, cancelled due to a massive winter storm in early
January, were held on Friday Mar. 3 and it was a great spring party! Racing on the World Cup SL
hill at the California base of Heavenly, we had comfortable spring weather and a beautiful day on
the hill. The race hill was in fantastic condition, with the usual terrain features gentled to a
smooth pitch by this season's snowpack.
Heavenly's race crew did a great job keeping the busy race day of 4 SL runs moving along. Yes, we
still had to hike to the start about 6 gates up from the top of the World Cup lift, but hey, the
weather was great and you can't beat the view from Heavenly.
Awards were held at the bottom of the race hill at the end of the day, with pizza and sunshine in
plenty. With both races scored under our age-handicapping system for the Viva Italia cup, Carol
Levine (W09) recovered from a shakey first run for a come-from-behind victory over the closely
fought day-long battle between Emily Andrews and Lors Spicher. On the men's side, Tim Hill of PNSA
(M06) drove all the way from Bend for some sunny FW racing and posted some wicked fast skiing to
take the men's trophy ahead of defending champ Pierre Jeangirard and Bob Davis, back on the race
hill and charging the comeback trail after a serious injury last season.
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