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High School Race on Sterling Mountain

The Colchester / Rice High School GS race was held today on Snake Bite and the Practice Slope. It was exciting to watch the racers take on the steep pitch of Snake Bite.  It was snowing pretty hard during the race and the course had to slipped repeatedly to keep it clear of new snow.  The new snow slows down the racers and can throw them.  The accumulating snow made me head for Madonna Mountain.  I saw that the Headwall was open from the lift and was looking good. The 2015 Smugglers’ Notch Extreme Skiing Challenge is Sunday, March 8th and I need to train. I went for a non stop run down Madonna Liftline top to bottom to work my leg muscles.  I was very glad to have the new snow slow me down.  We are expecting up to 6 inches of new snow by Saturday. We are 100 percent open with top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains and all 78 trails.  The 3rd Annual Rails for Ryan Rail Jam is Friday, February 13th in front of the Madonna / Sterling Base Lodge from 6 pm till 8 pm under the lights.  Competing and spectating are both FREE, with a suggested $5 donation to benefit the Flyin’ Ryan Foundation.
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Great conditions

hugh powderToday started off with light snow and ended up with a sunny afternoon. I had a great time running some gates on the Practice Slope today. The Local’s Race Series will be starting soon and today was just practice. I traded my race skis for my all mountain skis and headed for Madonna Mountain. My good friend Tony and I went hunting for powder stashes in the sun filled glades. This photo shows that we were successful. This weekend we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating. We have 77 out of 78 trails open with terrain for all ability levels.

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Get in the Zone

 

zone.JPG blogToday was absolutely beautiful with the sunshine and milder temperatures. Today we had the local races on Practice Slope. I went to the top of Sterling with my race board to take a warm up run before racing. I had a great time carving up the corduroy on Black Snake. We had two races today because we had to cancel one race due to 18 inches of snow in 24 hours that we received on Valentine’s Day. I went to the Zone Terrain Park after I finished my race runs. It was fun to watch the skier pictured here floating through the air, while making his tricks look smooth and easy.

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Zone Terrain Park

 

zone skierI love hanging out at the Practice Slope on the weekends. It’s pretty busy with racing on one side and the Zone Terrain Park on the other. The key factor that splits the two is the T-Bar. The T-Bar makes it possible to be back on the top of next run through the race course or another lap in the park in a short amount of time. It’s great to watch these young athletes fine tuning their skills no matter what side of the Practice Slope they are on.

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Practice Slope

 

chad raceOn Fridays we have the Harvey Wesson Memorial Race Series a.k.a. the local’s races on the Practice Slope. Pictured here racing is Chad Willard who set today’s course. Chad set the course up to be pretty “turny” at the top. The second half of the course was straighter.

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Race training on the Practice Slope

 

st. mikeThe Practice Slope was pretty busy today. There was a High School Winter Carnival GS race on Black Snake, Snake Bite, and Practice Slope. These brave racers were working hard to get around the gates on the steep pitch of Snake Bite. Snake Bite can be intimidating, especially when there are gates. The Carnival continues tomorrow with a slalom race on Lower FIS. I headed to the Zone after the GS race. There are 8 jumps in the Zone Terrain Park. I had fun watching the skiers and riders flying through the air. The far skier’s left side of Practice Slope had a race course. Saint Michael’s Race Team was here at Smuggs running slalom gates. The photo seen here is one of the racers hitting one of the slalom gates.

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Local’s race on the Practice Slope

 

snowboard race blogI had a great time today at the Harvey Wesson memorial race series also known as the local’s race. The Smugglers’ Notch Ski and Snowboard club puts the race on and it is held on the Practice Slope. One great thing about racing on the Practice Slope is the Sterling T Bar. It’s real easy access from the Upper Parking Lot and you are back at the top of the Practice Slope in no time. Many skiers and riders have been using the Sterling T Bar to get back to the top of the Birch Run Terrain Park by cutting through the woods and going across Lower Exhibition.

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Race training

 

Jan. 13, 2014 st mike girlThe Saint Michael’s College Ski Team was training today on Sterling Mountain. They had a GS course set up on Black Snake, Snake Bite, and Practice Slope. Snake Bite is a pretty steep trail and I respect anyone who races down it, especially GS. The racers were laying it out to the point that their hands were touching the snow.

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Race training on Practice Slope

Jan. 3, 2014 st. Mike blog

The Sterling T-Bar opened today, so I went to check it out. There was some slalom gates set up on Practice Slope. The Saint Michael’s ski team was training for a race they have tomorrow. Slalom racing is such a contact sport between the gates and the racer. There is a good reason why the racers wear protective gear. The race gates get hit so hard that they bend over flat against the snow, before springing back up.