The Spin: What is the most snowfall for a single season in the U.S.?
Local organizer heading to Vail
VAIL, Colo. – Uncle E is at it again.
Chris “Uncle E” Ernst, the Truckee man behind Lord of the Boards, Skiercross World Championships and Lord of the Links, not to mention numerous other events, will launch his latest endeavor in January.
The Smirnoff Ice Speed Cross, a skiercross event presented by Subaru, Guinness and Vail, makes its debut on Vail’s Golden Peak Race Course Saturday, January 13 at 11a.m. The event will pit groups of four skiers against one another in pursuit of the $5,000 cash purse, and will be the subject of a half-hour special airing in February on Fox Sports Net.
The event differs from the typical skiercross race in its lack of intricate berms, obstacles and jumps. Unlike courses seen in events like the X-Games, Smirnoff Ice Speed Cross will focus on all-out speed. Aside from a few rollers and a “risk-reward” obstacle, the course will be designed to be smooth and fast. Skiers from all disciplines, including freestyle, racing and big mountain skiing are expected to compete in the event.
The race itself pits heats of four skiers at a time against each other in spectator-friendly head-to-head action. Skiers navigate a course similar to a Super G in traditional racing, but using triangle snowboard gates. The top two from each round move on in the brackets while the rest pack their bags. First place will earn the victor $2,000.
To register for the Smirnoff Ice Speed Cross or obtain additional information, visit Christy Sports at the top of Bridge St. in Vail Village, or visit http://www.gohighline.com. Registration fees are $50 pre-registration and $75 day-of registration. Discounted lift tickets will be available for competitors who do not hold Vail season passes. Helmets and bibs are required, and no speed suits will be allowed. Entry forms are also available via fax by calling (970) 476-6797.
Mt. Baker, Wash. holds the record for the most snowfall ever measured in the U.S. in a single season. The Mt. Baker Ski Area in northwestern Washington State reported 1,140 inches of snowfall for the 1998-99 snowfall season. The previous record was 1,122 inches, set during the 1971-1972 snowfall season at Mt. Rainer/Paradise.
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