Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Soldier hosts IMD, Sammis downhills

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Soldier Mountain Ski Area north of Fairfield will host "Speed Week," Monday through Wednesday, Feb. 13-15 highlighted by the 15th annual Sammis/Camas Cup downhill on Valentine's Day.

This year all speed skiers are able to race the Soldier Downhill, according to organizer Ken Corrock. It is a stop on the Intermountain Division junior series, designed for A, J1/J2/J3 classes (ages 13-20)

Soldier Mountain Alpine Racing is organizing several events starting with a downhill training camp Monday, Feb. 13. It's open to skiers interested in getting a few laps on the Salmon River Run downhill.

Training will start with sign-ups and a meeting at the Soldier Lodge at 8 a.m. Monday. Cost of the camp is $30 plus a lift ticket, or $60. Campers will inspect the course with coaches, then section off the Easter Bump. Campers will be able to make full-length runs after trying all sections.

Tuesday is a mandatory training day and race for USSA Masters, USSA Juniors plus the Sammis/Camas Memorial Cup. Training is Tuesday morning with racing at 1:30 p.m.

Corrock said, "The Cup is a memorial event named for Brett Sammis. He was a former junior racer with a touch for downhill. He tragically lost his life in a skiing accident on Baldy. The race not only a memorial for Brett, but a home for all of his friends to keep the downhill spirit alive."

Sign up for the Sammis/Camas at Soldier Lodge Tuesday by 9 a.m.

Wednesday is the final day with two Masters and two Junior downhills (11 a.m., 1:30 p.m.) Emphasis is on J3 (ages 13-14) competitors. Soldier has the perfect introductory downhill track for kids because it is long, has lots of tucking and a couple of jumps to get a feel for speed, Corrock said.

Soldier Mountain will be closed to the public for these days but all interested parties are invited to the venue to watch the events. Come watch the racers shoot for the 100-foot marks off the Sammis and Easter bumps.

Contact Corrock at 720-3555.

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