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The 2019 Summer Fun Nationals July 12-14, 2019 was a great way to wrap up the season (we were skiing on last year's snow), to start the new season (the U.S. Ski & Snowboard membership season starts May 1st), and to get outside for some skiing in July! Almost 100 racers ventured up to the Palmer Glacier on Mt. Hood for the 31st Annual Summer Fun Nationals. The Scroggins' family welcomed us again for the registration party on Friday and the traditions continued with barbecue dinner on Saturday and pool party on Sunday. Meri Stratton led the the charge coordinating the event, the volunteers, and the trailer full of equipment needed for a "pop-up" race on a glacier where no race infrastructure exists.
Smiles were abundant with great weather, courses, and camaraderie. The view from the top is the first award earned by all before the race even starts. Competitors ranged in age from 7 to 81 years with 10 families in the running for the Eigenvector Fastest Family Award. Awards are earned within age class for most competitors and the top 10 men of the A/B race each day are pulled from their age classes to compete in a Super Seed. Don't be fooled into thinking the young guns dominate the Super Seed as there was a 45 year age range among the group!
Photos are posted at brianrobbphoto.com.
Thanks to Brian for providing the great shots of our award winners below!
GS Super Seed / Junior GS Winners / SL Super Seed
Bob Skoch Cup Memorial Combined Winners
The fastest SL combined times.
Fastest SL Man: Minam Cravens (M1)
Fastest SL Woman: Charlotte Morris (FU16)
Eigenvector FastestFamily Award
The Scroggins Family
(L to R)
Award Sponsor Barry Wise
Tucker Scroggins (M1)
Willy Scroggins (M7)
Tatum Scroggins (FU19)
Atomic Masters Skier of the Year
Atomic Masters Skier of the year Barry Wise (M8). Thank you to Barry for his years of service to and participation in racing and Summer Fun Nationals. Barry is always up for any task needed to keep us all racing and having fun! Barry started the Eigenvector Fastest Family award to make the event even more fun for the whole family.
The U.S. Ski & Snowboard Alpine Masters had quite the week at the 2019 National Championships in Mammoth Mountain, CA. Masters racers participated in all 4 events, DH, SG, GS, and SL through all types of winter weather. Racers ranged in age from to 20 to 90 and came from all across North America. The weather, which was sunny and clear to start the week, later brought challenges via avalanche closures, wind, snow, and low visibility forcing scheduled adjustments and the cancellation of 2 of the 7 races. Not to be dismayed, racers made the most of the experience getting out for powder turns and spending the extra time catching up with friends over coffees and beers.
On the final night we surprised Bill Skinner with a retirement gift from contributions from Masters racers across the county. Thank you for all the enthusiasm and effort you brought to masters racing and for keeping us all racing for the last 20 years! We look forward to many more years racing with you!
Race photos by Susan Morning can be viewed and purchased - all photo purchases support the Mammoth Mountain Community Foundation and local youth athletes.
It was an action packed 5 days of racing at Aspen Highlands, CO! With races in all 4 disciplines over the weekend, there were ample opportunities to challenge and hang out with your fellow competitors! We had 10 different countries represented: United States, Canada, Chile, Australia, Italy, New Zealand, Poland, Germany, France, and Japan!
On Saturday, February 9th we had an extra special celebration for Gaetano Demattei's 90th birthday! 7 of his 8 kids were present -- we shared stories from the past as well as heard about Gate's big plans for the next year - ski racing of course! Gate's infectious love for ski racing and life was felt by all - we thank you for sharing your 90th with us!
EASTERN REGION CHAMPIONS
The 2019 Eastern Region Championships in Stratton, VT saw some tough weather and the cancellation of the SG. Not to be deterred, the Eastern Region Masters racers along with several visiting from the Canada Masters were able to throw down some great competition in the GS and SL to crown the 2019 Eastern Region Champions!
|13 (85-89)||George MacNeil|
|12 (80-84)||Doug Wisse|
|11 (75-79)||Paul Rogers|
|10 (70-74)||Pepi Neubauer|
|09 (65-69)||Eric Cutting|
|08 (60-64)||Mark George||Nadine Price|
|07 (55-59)||Greg Sarkis||Sharon Way|
|06 (50-54)||James Spillane||Pollyanna Schmid|
|05 (45-49)||Kevin Wickless||Deborah Adams|
|04 (40-44)||Susan Bradshaw|
|03 (35-39)||Andrea Occhi||Martine Allaire (CAN)|
|02 (30-34)||Daniel Scuderi||Kristen Bonkowski|
|01 (18-29)||Matthew Dodge||Alexandra Mitchell|
WESTERN REGION CHAMPIONS
The 2019 Western Region Championships were part of the FIS Masters Cup event in Aspen Highlands. Racers were scored on results from 4 events: SL, GS, and 2SG. The race days had typical CO bluebird weather and many had to take off for long flights and drives home before the final results were ready.
|13 (85-89)||Gaetano Demattei|
|12 (80-84)||Charlie Hauser||Marietta Frinell|
|11 (75-79)||Knut Olberg||Lilla Gidlow|
|10 (70-74)||Pepi Neubauer||Lydia Young|
|09 (65-69)||Mike Robbins (CAN)|
|08 (60-64)||Stein Halsnes||Jeanette Saylor|
|07 (55-59)||Michael Braun||Lisa Ballard|
|06 (50-54)||Scott Strickland||Ingrid Braun|
|05 (45-49)||Kevin Hendrickson||Tanya Muller|
|04 (40-44)||John Beckos||Asia Jenkins|
|03 (35-39)||Phillips Armstrong||Kelli Keith|
|02 (30-34)||Leonard Kwan||Lauren Beckos|
|01 (18-29)||Stephen Barton|
The season starts this weekend in Solden!
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Where to Watch on U.S. Ski & Snowboard Website
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PDF Schedule Also Listing Times of Events
Posted: October 25, 2018
This year with a color cover featuring Nancy Auseklis (W13) from the Intermountain Division!
Pre-season is a great time to refresh your memory on the rules so you are ready to go at the first race!
View the electronic version by clicking on the cover below or pick upi your copy at your next division event.
Posted: October 8, 2018
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