Felt Like a Pro: ASRA GS/SL Races at Ski Roundtop
By Ed Fowler, Guest Author

Most recreational racers are aware of the NASTAR format available at local resorts. ASRA weekend was held on February 7 and 8, 2009 at Ski Roundtop. The format gives the recreational racer or seasoned racer a chance to experience Olympic Style Racing. The ASRA organization together with the competition services crew at Ski Roundtop, offered a top notch quality venue all weekend.

Lisa Draper at the ASRA GS on Saturday, February 7, 2009. Photo provided by Ed Fowler.

Saturday, February 7, the format was GS (Giant Slalom). This is not your average NASTAR run. The run times are combined for each event meaning you have to finish both runs for a final score. The race started from the top of Exhibition trail. This is steeper than the usual NASTAR run and offers a few more gates. It is a black diamond run going into a blue diamond.

Sunday, February 8, the format was both GS and SL (Slalom). Each race started from the top of Exhibition trail. The Slalom had over 50 gates.

Racer captured from above. Photo provided by Ed Fowler.

After racing everyone enjoyed the best conditions in years at Ski Roundtop. Bring the grill and tailgate in the Lot. Tired of lift lines, you can get more runs at Roundtop. Everything is open including the half-pipe and parks. During the weekend I shot a music video.

A “music video” shot by Ed Fowler

About the Author

Ed Fowler has been skiing and racing for over a decade. He is Team Captain of Zardoz Renegades, runs a Night Club Pass program and enjoys photography.

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