Catch of the Day - JMU Racer @ Snowshoe
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JimK - DCSki Columnist
September 22, 2004
Member since 01/14/2004
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If you wanted to go with a Virginia state college and skiing or snowboarding was a high priority, you could do a lot worse than James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA. It's located very near Massanutten ski area and within an easy day trip to three or four others. It seems to have an active recreational and racing ski community. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe the trail this lady racer from JMU is heading down is Widowmaker at Snowshoe, WV, under what looks like excellent snow conditions.
http://community.webshots.com/photo/116225973/117151562BFiOvO
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warren
September 22, 2004
Member since 07/31/2003
485 posts
Jim,
That is most certainly the Widowmaker trail. And indeed, the conditions looked quite good!
I had the good fortune last season to be there during conditions like that

-Warren-
Denis - DCSki Supporter
September 24, 2004
Member since 07/12/2004
2,170 posts
My daughter raced for UVA, graduating in '92. The other teams in the league were VA Tech, JMU, Penn State, UMD, Georgetown, perhaps 1-2 more but I can't recall. The UVA team was self organized and self coached. It was not a major sport but they got some help from the Univ. I believe that the top 5 men and top 5 women got lift tickets and lodging on some trips. The meets involved all the teams in the conference and many were held at Timberline. Training was evenings at Bryce, which has an excellent race program. The kids had a lot of fun. I went to many meets to provide moral support. My daughter claims that this was the best way to be a college athlete, no scholarships, no big deal, just a bunch of kids competing and doing something they wanted to do. I ran track and cross country in a similarly low key (at the time) program and I agree.
wgo
September 24, 2004
Member since 02/10/2004
1,261 posts
Denis,

That's really cool. Were there multiple disciplines? I guess our local slopes could support SL and GS. Or maybe SG on Cupp and Shays. Anyway I just think its neat that I live in an area where our local colleges have ski teams
Norsk
September 24, 2004
Member since 05/13/2003
315 posts
I captained the Duke team in the late 80s. It was indeed a great way to be a college athlete. Modest support from the school, otherwise student run with a volunteer coach (a grad student with race experience usually). Team raised $$$ to supplement school funding, which paid for travel, lift tix, race fees, etc. We raced SL and GS (no DH or SG at the collegiate level, as far as I know). The league at that time included UVA, JMU, W&L, VaTech, VMI, Duke, UNC plus two schools in the NC mountains (Appalachian State and Lees-McRae College) where the sport was varsity and the training mountain was 15 minutes away. Naturally, they kicked our behinds routinely. Nonetheless, it was great to walk down the quad at Duke on a Saturday evening with skis over our shoulders!
bawalker
September 24, 2004
Member since 12/1/2003
1,547 posts
This has me wondering... either collegiate or not, are there ever any official snowboard races? Not counting doing spins, flips, grabs, etc in the terrian park but actual downhill racing? I can't think of the official name of it, but the olympics have it along with the World Snowboarding championships. 6 people line up at the gate and race side by side downhill.
SeaRide
September 24, 2004
Member since 03/11/2004
237 posts
Quote:

This has me wondering... either collegiate or not, are there ever any official snowboard races? Not counting doing spins, flips, grabs, etc in the terrian park but actual downhill racing? I can't think of the official name of it, but the olympics have it along with the World Snowboarding championships. 6 people line up at the gate and race side by side downhill.




Boarder Cross (snowboarders racing downhill )

Snow Cross (snowmobiles racing)
Norsk
September 24, 2004
Member since 05/13/2003
315 posts
There is also traditional GS and maybe SL as well on snowboards -- single or parallel. This is competed at the World Cup level, I believe, as well as at the collegiate level in the US.
Kahuna613
September 24, 2004
Member since 11/20/2003
56 posts
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Mountain Masher
September 24, 2004
Member since 03/13/2004
541 posts
Great Shot! Sure looks like Widow Maker at the Shoe with perfect conditions! Talk of JMU reminds me of the wonderful years I had while at JMU (many years ago). I was the race department director and the NASTAR Pace-setter at Massanutten while attending school. JMU was just starting a ski team at the time. My younger brother lives at Massanutten Resort, so I ski Massanutten several times a season. Although my home ski area is now 7-Springs, and I like the colder weather and more consistent conditions there, I still enjoy Massanutten.
Roy
September 25, 2004
Member since 01/11/2000
609 posts
Ski Liberty setup a boardercross trail last year and held races there one weekend. I'm not sure if anyone could enter or if it was a specific race tour. I'm sure it's something they will do again.

I did it on skis (on the Monday afterwards) and it was pretty interesting. Of course watching a group of kids (pre-teens) ski it was rather hilarious. Then I watched some adults with the same group, who were very novice skiers, go down it and get launched off one of the jumps. Needless to say, one of them got the free ride down the mountain by ski patrol.
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