Most recreational racers are used to the NASTAR format available at local resorts. This weekend, February 7 and 8, gives the recreational racer or seasoned racer a chance to experience Olympic Style Racing. The ASRA organization together with the race services crew at Ski Roundtop, offer a top notch quality venue all weekend. This includes a reduced pricing for lift tickets if needed.
Saturday, February 7, the format will be 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 starts 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 will be GS and SL (Slalom). Each race will be from the top of Exhibition trail. The Slalom last year had over 50 gates. You can sign up for one or both that day. Register for either/both before 8:45 am on Sunday
Registration is located in the Main Lodge at Ski Roundtop. Get there early and relax. Racers must fill out and sign registration cards, read and sign Assumption-of-Risk documents and/or Liability Waivers, and pay an entry fee. Reduced price combined lift/race entries are available on race day at the ASRA race registration table. Check the ASRA database ahead of time to see if you already have a racer number. www.skiracer.com/numberlist.html
You will need a lift ticket and a race entry fee. The cost for each race is usually $20.00 plus a small service charge if you are not an ASRA member. If you are not affiliated with a team, please join my team ZARDOZ RENEGADES.
ASRA does not require, but recommends, a helmet for Giant Slalom. The hosting ski area, however, may require that helmets be worn if conditions so warrant. It is a racer's responsibility to be prepared and to take a helmet to Giant Slalom races. For more information take a look at ASRA's competition guide on their website.
When you are done racing, hang out and enjoy the best conditions in years at Ski Roundtop. Bring the grill and tail gate in the Lot. Tired of lift lines, you can get more runs at Roundtop. Everything is open including the half-pipe and parks. I would rather let a few photos speak for themselves.