Far West Skiing: See the racers in action (with video)
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Squaw Valley USA hosted a Far West USSA J4/J5 GS race this past weekend.
The objective of the Far West division is to promote the skiing development of young athletes from all clubs within the Far West region, with the objective of eventually placing elite competitors onto the U.S. Ski Team.
This past weekend’s event marked the first race of the season that “counts” towards end-of-the-year standings.
The Giant Slalom course was set on the Exhibition run, which is one of the steepest race courses in the Western region. The weather made the conditions ideal for racing: chilly at night and warm in the days.
Due to the north exposure of the run, the course was very firm. Recreational skiers would call it icy. The J4 and J5 athletes skied the course aggressively, and were able to carve clean technical turns on incredibly challenging terrain.
The level of skiing in the Far West division, and the talent that these programs produce, is truly impressive. It’s no surprise that the U.S. Ski Team has a strong representation from Far West.
The Squaw Valley Race Department ran a very efficient race. Both Saturday and Sunday more than 400 athletes completed two runs. This is an impressive logistical feat: organizing start lists, timing, posting results, managing the course and running the award ceremony.
Author Zeev Gur, the parent of a Far West ski racer, put together the following video from this past weekend’s races at Squaw Valley USA:
For results, visit http://www.fwskiing.us/Competition/Results/J4_J5.htm
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