March Madness may be in full swing but Sun Valley is hosting their own National Championships this week. The 2010 USSA Alpine Masters Championships start off today on Baldy.
Sponsored by Racer’s Edge and hosted by Sun Valley Resort and the Sun Valley Ski Club, the National Championships have four events this year, Super G, Super Combined, GS and Slalom. More than 500 racers have gathered in Sun Valley, with the race action starting off today on Lower Warm Springs. The first race of the week-long event is today’s Super Combined on Warm Springs followed by a Welcome reception at the Sun Valley Inn.
Stop by Warm Springs throughout the week to see some of the nation’s best masters racers go for the gold. Check out the results here (http://ussa.org/magnoliaPublic/ussa/en/events/masters/major/nationals.html) as the week goes on.
The Sun Valley Race Department put on another great season of racing for this year’s Town Series. Seven weeks of racing finished up yesterday, with a festive and green finale on Lower Cozy and a St. Patty’s Day after-party that any Irishman would be proud of. Teams came out in costumes, like SVSEF’s green maiden dresses, Team Lip Service’s one-piece ski suits and Mardi Gras boas, the Flat Out Ridiculous Team’s neon green wigs, the Blog Chicks’ matching socks, shorts, and shamrock headbands, and Wood River Masonry even lit rockets on the back of their skis.
Robin Sarchett was the overall winner yet again, beating second and third placed Carlo Rixon and Nate Schwing by seven tenths of a second. The top female was speedy Erika Hogan, who finished seventh overall, beating the second placed woman, Sarah Mazzola, by half a second. The rabbits this week were Chris Key (in one of his best finishes of the season) and Chris Campbell. The fifth placed male and female, and winners of a fifth of tequila, were Wes Powell and Toby Arnett.
The season’s top team, Scott USA, celebrated in style, breaking out the champagne on Apple’s sunny deck. Congrats to John Reagle, Toby Arnett, John Zuck, and Jeff Page. The four teams who rounded out the top five, and had their names in the drawing for three season-passes from Sun Valley Resort, were Casino Dancing Bears, Wood River Masonry, the Drunken Blumkens, and the Rainbow Warriors.The celebrating continued throughout the beautiful St. Patrick’s Day afternoon on Apple’s Bar and Grill’s packed patio with delicious corned beef and hash and tons of green beer.
Congrats to all the racers on another great season of World Cup Wednesdays! A big thanks goes out to Mike Wrobel and the rest of the Sun Valley Race Department. Another thanks goes out to the Valley bars and restaurants who sponsored the 2010 Town Series parties!
See some of the action below and check back later for the full results.
Lizzy Brown, Team Lip Service, sets up for a run.
Mollie Parker and Abby Seibert show how cool science really is!
Janet Appleton rocks the one-piece and the boa.
The blog.sunvalley.com Blog Chicks get ready to race.
Ash Higgins, Tine Cordeau, Pete Stevenson and other racers show their Irish spirit at the race start.
A dapper Billy Cook suits up for the after-party.
The crowd peers over the balcony at Apple's to check out all the Award's Ceremony action.
The weekend of March 19-20, Sun Valley Company will be hosting a fundraiser for disaster relief efforts in Haiti through the makeadifferencenow.org. (MAD) Foundation. Inspired to help in any possible way, racers and non-racers are encouraged to take part in the weekend’s events, coming together through our beloved sport and all for a common cause.
MAD Turns for Haiti will begin on Friday, March 19, with a silent auction at Whiskey Jacques at 6 pm. The event will continue Saturday with a NASTAR race on Lower Warm Springs organized by the Sun Valley Race Department. The race entry fee will be $25 with 100% of the entry proceeds going directly to makeadifferencenow.org. The race begins at 11am and will be followed by a BBQ and awards ceremony at Apple’s Bar and Grill at the base of Warm Springs. For more information go to www.makeadifferencenow.org or email email@example.com.
The Town Series continued this week on Lower Cozy with some gray and cloudy skies but the local racers turned out fast and strong for yesterday’s races. The action continued Wednesday night as Bellevue’s Mahoney’s hosted the after party. See the Team Results below and check back later for the full results.
Founded in 1988 by Beverly Hay DeChevrieux and sponsored by Thomas Weisel Partners, the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation Fundraiser, the Janss Pro-Am is back this weekend! An all-weekend event with 22 registered teams, The Janss mixes a “Pro Racer” with four amateur racers, skiers or snowboarders. The teams then compete for racing titles and costume prizes throughout the weekend of parties and on-snow races. Rumors of costume themes from some of this year’s teams include Mardi Gras, School Spirit and White Trash Wedding. Last year’s champion team, the Community School, is back to defend their title. As is last year’s costume winner, Koth Sports. There has even been sightings of “Bad Cops” and “Indian Princesses”, so keep an eye out on the slopes this weekend for troublemakers in costumes zooming around Lower Warm Springs and around town!
2010 Janss Pro-Am events include tonight’s opening celebration Pro Party at Michel’s Christiana, Friday’s Apres-Ski party at Whiskey Jacques, and Saturday’s Award Banquet and Dinner at the Sun Valley Inn’s Limelight Room. Benefiting the SVSEF’s Nordic, Alpine, Freestyle and Snowboard teams, this weekend’s event is one of the Foundation’s biggest fundraisers of the year. Big thanks to all that participate and sponsor the fun!