COURSE DESCRIPTION: SATURDAY AND SUNDAY
Going into our ninth year, we are extremely proud to be one of the few ski races which have never had to cancel due to weather. One of the key reasons for this success is the flexibility of course layout. Because of that, we wait until close to race day to determine the exact course. Here’s how it will play out.
For Saturday, there are three options.
Option 1. Totally man-made course (Buck’s Run): approximately 2.5k loop (about 6 loops, depending upon conditions).
This course is flat with two small climbs in the middle. Don’t underestimate the climbs. By the time you’ve done them 6 times, you feel them. There are several tight corners requiring good ski handling skills. However, this course is extremely manageable for a beginner. This link shows some nice video of some of the hills.
Option 2. Combination of man-made course and natural snow using several loops which add up to 15 k (2-3 loops depending upon conditions).
This course includes option one plus adds several hills by using the golf course sections of the trail. While the hills are not technically difficult, they could be intimidating for novices who should use caution.
Option 3. Full on 15k course with almost no section repeated.
This course includes options 1 & 2 with a section through the woods and around the lake added. There are a couple of more significant climbs yet again added to this course. There are also some downhills involving turns which require ski handling skills. While manageable for a novice, they will be challenging, and novices should use caution. Experienced skiers will be challenged, but not overwhelmed.
For the Classic race, essentially the same process is used.
However, we also have the option of using the Classic only trails on the South side of the park. These are beautiful double-tracked trails which are entirely in the woods. They are rolling with challenging hills and descents which require ski handling skills. While a novice can easily handle these trails, caution should be used. If this loop is used, it requires an interval start, registering at the clubhouse, then driving across the park to the trailhead.
In the past, we have only used option 1 from above, or the Classic only trails. However, to maximize the opportunity for a great ski, and skier convenience, this year we are looking at adding the other options into the mix. However, the weather will still be the main driver of this decision.
When’s the decision made?
Here’s how and when a decision is made: Chief of Course, Adam Haberkorn, will start with what we know to be extremely reliable; the man-made course. He will then branch out from there depending upon weather forecast, logistics, timing, safety, and spectator needs (not necessarily in that order).
So, we start with what we call the Buck’s Run loop (option 1). If conditions are favorable, we go out from there and add loops from the two golf course sections (option 2). If conditions are good enough to ski in the woods, we add in that part (option 3). However, there are many more factors than just snow conditions (see above).
Adam likes to make the final decision several days before the race, to allow time to set up and groom. However, the weather doesn’t always cooperate and sometimes there must be a race morning decision to alter the course. This also affects the race start; whether there are waves, mass start, or time trial style.
We will post updates on the Frosty website for both races as we near race day. There is a change in the weather predicted for Monday, so the process won’t begin until after that.
Here is a plug for Adam and Fox 2: