Monday, December 7, 2015

We're Back!

It's snowing like the dickens at the pass, and you know what that means: time to charge up your headlamp!  Headlamp racing starts next month, and a new schedule is posted over there on the left.

You know the drill: this is self-lit, self-started, self-timed, and FREE!  (Also, Brent reminds me, it's non-sanctioned, so that means no whining.)  The cabin will be open for changing clothes and eating dinner and talking smack, and there will be a clipboard on the counter for you to write down your time. Like last year, there's a good chance I won't make it up there very often, so if one of you regulars could send me the results, I'll get them posted on this blog.

Also over there on the left is a link to the pass conditions and to the grooming report from our fabulous groomer, Nick.  Keep in mind that on Wednesdays, Nick will be focusing his attention on the race course (the Berg loop); you're totally welcome to ski wherever you want, but if you venture away from the Berg and you're not satisfied with the grooming, complaining will not be welcome.  And if you do venture farther afield, Brent reminds us to ski with a friend; there are slinking cougars and attack owls and hypothermia out there.

More reminders from Brent: a headlamp of at least 100 lumens will give you the best results (hint: Petzl is one of our sponsors) and cost you between $50 and $100, worth every single penny.  The course may be modified at the last minute if conditions require.  Racers are welcome in the cabin and wax shed, but there is no trash pickup or maid service, so be sure to clean up after yourself and tote your stuff back home.  Snowpark permits are required, and carpooling is always a good idea.  End-of-season awards will be based on attendance and on weighted age group results: first in age group with five people racing gets five points; first in age group with two people racing gets two points.

Now get out there and have some fun -- winter is finally here, and we've been dreaming about this all summer!

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