Parent-child twist on tap for final Summit Cup race
COPPER MOUNTAIN – It’s one of the last opportunities for young and old skiers to put their boards to the test. Saturday is the season’s final Summit Cup race at Copper Mountain.
Throughout the winter, the Team Summit-hosted series has included giant slalom racing at Breckenridge, terrain park competition at Copper and slalom racing at Keystone.
Saturday’s event is a speed race on The Moz run at Copper, and will serve as the wrap-up race of the season for Team Summit’s junior alpine team, which includes about 120 6- to 12-year-old racers.
“We’re calling it a drag race,” said Summit coach Matt Schiller. “It’s a normal kid’s race on a speed course, then there’s a bragging-rights part of it with (teams of) mother-daughter, mother-son, father-daughter, whose times will be combined for extra category awards.”
Any local or visiting skier is welcome to register for the race, which is free, courtesy of the Summit Foundation, the Summit Cup sponsor that provides funding for more than 100 nonprofit organizations in and around Summit County.
“The entry fee is complimentary and no USSA (United States Ski and Snowboard Association) licensure is required,” said Team Summit administrative director Amy Critz. “The course requires good skiing and inspection. It will run much faster than a NASTAR course. Last year was the maiden voyage of this race. It was very well received. The parents enjoyed it as much as the kids. We had lots of camaraderie and hoopla. We’re looking for a great conclusion to the series. The Summit Foundation and our local mountains have been very good to us.”
The race begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, weather permitting. Registration is open to the public from 7 to 8:30 a.m. at the Copper Mountain Club House at 760 Copper Road in Snowbridge Square. For a $5 donation, entrants receive food and drinks at Creekside Pizza following the races. For more information, call Team Summit at (970) 968-2318, ext. 40010.
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