DOVER -- Let the races begin!
The Mount Snow Valley League had its first race on Wednesday. Registration was held then, too. It was a dual paneled slalom race on the trail called Charlie’s Chase.
Although the league was supposed to begin races on Dec. 12 and then have a second race on Dec. 19, the competition is far from over. There are eight more races between Wednesday and March 3, which will be a "King and Queen" dual paneled slalom race.
The 10 races are open to skiers and snowboarders. It costs $100 for each person or $75 for employees of Mount Snow.
Registration is held in the Main Base Lodge across from Tony’s Pizza. Jan. 9 will be the last day to register to compete in the Valley League races.
Each week, there will be bib raffles at parties that will be held after races. There will be prizes from beer and product or equipment sponsors. At the end of the season, there will be a bigger bib raffle, which will give competitors the chance to win skis, snowboards, helmets, goggles and other products from the event’s sponsors.
The league meets every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.. Each competitor takes two runs during that time period.
Teams are made up of a maximum of 10 people and five minimum. Teams must be finalized by the third race during this season.
Scoring is based upon the amount of participants in each division, which is made up of male skiers, female skiers, male snowboarders and female snowboarders. Each competitor is allowed to drop their two lowest point totals for their end of the season total, which will decide the Valley League "King and Queen," using a bracketed system.
Every week, the top four scorers from each team will add their points to their team total to qualify to win the trophy at the end of the season.
Additional runs will be allowed after 12:30 p.m. as much as possible this winter, depending on snow conditions. These runs are referred to as "fun runs."
"We want to keep the course in as good of shape as possible for those that can’t get there earlier in the day and so if the snow is soft or rutted, we won’t allow fun runs. Ask the starter and we may be able to tell you early, but we may also have to wait to see how things hold up," an e-mail from Mount Snow Events Manager Tim Dolan read.
Parties will be held at local bars and restaurants, such as the Valley View Saloon, Dover Bar and Grill, the Silo, One More Time and the Lodge at Mount Snow. At the parties, participants will be able to watch video footage from the races. The end of the season celebration will be held at the Snow barn.
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