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Sugar Bowl to host ski-cross races Saturday, Sunday

Sylas Wright
Sierra Sun
Sylas Wright/Sierra SunOn Thursday the Sugar Bowl park crew was still fine-tuning the course for the two sanctioned U.S. Skiing/FIS Ski-Cross race events on Saturday and Sunday.
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SUGAR BOWL ” Terrain Park Manager J.P. Martin and crew were busy putting the finishing touches on Sugar Bowl’s new ski-cross course Thursday in preparation for back-to-back sanctioned U.S. Skiing/FIS Ski-Cross races this weekend.

“Our objective today is just to make it look media-presentable,” Martin said. “Everything is riding well. We had a couple of World Cup-ers out here (Wednesday), and they gave us some feedback. We made a few changes, but all the comments were positive.”

One of those World Cup skiers was Truckee’s Daron Rahlves, who placed ninth earlier this month in the FIS Ski-cross World Championships. His advice: Make it faster.

“The way I look at it, if (Rahlves) think (the course) is too slow, it’s perfect for the public,” Martin said.

The races, scheduled for Saturday and Sunday on the Tunnel 41 trail near the Mt. Judah chairlift, require U.S. athletes to have both a current USSA national freestyle license and FIS freestyle license. International competitors, meanwhile, are required to carry an FIS license with inscription from their home nation.

John Monson, director of marketing at Sugar Bowl, said he expects somewhere between 25 and 30 competitors, mostly from the United States.

The Jamaica Ski Team ” aka Errol Kerr of Truckee ” will likely compete, however, as the races serve as a valuable, late-season opportunity to earn points leading up to the 2010 Winter Olympics, where ski-cross will make its debut.

Kerr is coming off a 10th-place finish in the World Championships, one place behind Rahlves. Rahlves will not compete, as the Sugar Bowl ambassador committed to attend a Nastar Championships event in Colorado.

Monson said spectators on foot can view the ski-cross races free of charge, or purchase a lift ticket to ski alongside the course.

– Thursday, March 26: Team Captain’s meeting, 5 p.m., Judah Lodge

– March 27-29: Registration, 7:30-9 a.m., Judah Lodge

– Friday, March 27: Mandatory Training Day, 10 a.m.

– Friday, March 27: Team Captain’s meeting, 5 p.m., Judah Lodge

– Saturday, March 28: Skiercross Race One, 9 a.m.

– Sunday March 29: Skiercross Race Two, 9 a.m.

– March 28-29: Awards Ceremony 30 minutes after race, Judah