Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Sun Valley Town Series begins Jan. 22

Sign-ups underway for Wednesday ski racing

     Get ready for the 2014 Sun Valley Town Series!

     Teams are already signing up for the 23rd annual Sun Valley Town Series of Wednesday team ski races starting Jan. 22 on Baldy.

     Purposes of the Sun Valley Race Department’s Town Series, christened in Dec. 1991, are to promote town spirit and goodwill in the valley, increase interest in racing to a diverse clientele, and create excitement on Baldy.

     Mike Wrobel of the Race Department said this week, “We’re hoping for 35 teams and already have 10 or 11 signed up.”

     Alpine team racing for locals starts Wednesday, Jan. 22 and lasts through March 19. Each Wednesday race begins at 11 a.m. Using the same format as last year, the Town Series will use two different venues—either on Warm Springs or over on Greyhawk.

     Wrobel said, “We’ll try to flip-flop the venues over the course of the season and see how it plays out. The visibility will be better on Warm Springs, and the course will be a little shorter there, better for beginners. We’ll try to go back-and-forth as we can.”

     Town Series sponsors are Sun Valley Resort and Watkins Distributing. Local businesses generously donate prizes, adding to the weekly fun.

     Wrobel said racers should sign up as soon as possible at the Warm Springs Race Desk. The order in which a team signs up determines the starting order for the first dual race. Up to 150 racers on four-member teams enjoy the seven-week racing series each year.

     Dates for the 2014 series of dual modified giant slalom races are: Jan. 22, Jan. 29, Feb. 5, Feb. 12, March 5, March 12 and March 19.

     This year’s party locations are:

     · Wednesday, Jan. 22 (The Cellar in Ketchum); Jan. 29 (Seasons Steak House in Hailey); Feb. 5 (Cornerstone in Ketchum); Feb. 12 (Mahoney’s in Bellevue); March 5 (Grumpy’s in Ketchum); March 12 (Lefty’s Bar & Grill in Ketchum); and March 19 (Whiskey Jacques in Ketchum).

     The names of 20 racers from the top five teams in the series are entered into a drawing for the grand prize of four Sun Valley 2014-2015 season ski passes. That drawing occurs at the last Town Series race party March 19.

     Team cost is the same as last year, $360 or $90 apiece. Telemarkers, snowboarders and downhillers are welcome. Early registration saves organizers time and saves you money. If a team signs up after the first day, the cost rises to $400.

     Format is fastest single runs on five of the seven Wednesdays, and combined two runs Feb. 12 and March 19.

     The three racers with the lowest points for each team are combined to calculate a team’s points for the week. The Town Series rewards consistency and racing ability with its point system based on finishing times. At the end of seven weeks, the winner is the team with lowest cumulative points.

     Last year, Casino Dancing Bears walked away with the cup with a cumulative point value of 3.69. The team was made up of Neil Jessen, Kevin Doyle, Paige Lethbridge and Franny Hjort. Scott USA was the second-place team was Scott USA with 4.06 followed by All 4 All (4.40).

     2013-2014 Sun Valley season ski pass winners last March were Cam Leady, Brett Jacobson, Alex Jackson and Neil Jessen.

     Call 622-6356 or email for more information and remember to sign up early at the Warm Springs Race desk.

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