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Sugar Bowl to host two FIS NorAm skicross competitions Feb. 1-3

Sun Staff report

Sugar Bowl Resort will host two sanctioned U.S. Skiing FIS Nor-Am Cup skicross competitions Feb. 1-3, 2010.

Top-level skicross competitors from around the world will descend on Sugar Bowl to race the new skicross course on the Tunnel 41 trail, located off the Mt. Judah Express quad chair.

The discipline of skicross and#8212; described by Sugar Bowl ambassador and skicross competitor Daron Rahlves as and#8220;four-man heats racing head-to-head on a motocross-inspired layoutand#8221; and#8212; will make its debut at the Winter Olympics in February.

and#8220;Iand#8217;ll compete in the FIS events and then train with the US Skicross Team at Sugar Bowl leading up to the Vancouver Games,and#8221; Rahlves said.

The two Sugar Bowl skicross competitions follow other Nor-Am Cup events being held in Sun Valley, Idaho, and Whiteface Mountain in Lake Placid, N.Y. Following the two FIS Nor-Am Cup ski-cross races, the US Skicross Team will train at Sugar Bowl from Feb. 13-17. The course will then be de-tuned and opened for public skiing and riding.

For the FIS skicross races, United States competitors must have both a current USSA membership and a FIS license, while international competitors are required to carry a FIS license complete with inscription by their home nation.

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Entry fees are $185 for both days, or $115 for single-day racing. Feb. 1 is a training day, with sanctioned competitions scheduled for Feb. 2 and 3.

Spectators are welcome and encouraged to attend, with numerous on-course viewing areas to enjoy the action.

For more information on the International Ski Federation, visit http://www.fis-ski.com. For more information on Sugar Bowl Resort, visit http://www.sugarbowl.com.