Wednesday World Cup business league holds fourth race |

Wednesday World Cup business league holds fourth race

Summit Daily News/Richard Chittick

BRECKENRIDGE – Buried in a corner of the black diamond terrain of Breckenridge’s Peak 10, three dozen people showed up for only the second business league race at Breckenridge since the mid-1980s on Wednesday morning.

Race results were not available as of Wednesday night.

In noticeable wind and steady snow, the racers took their turns down the giant slalom course on the Cimmaron trail one at a time until the fourth event in the Wednesday World Cup racing series was over.

The event marks a successful return of amateur business league racing to the slopes of Breckenridge. It was the second event in the series to be held at Breckenridge.

“Each arena brings a different group of skiers,” said Olin Armstrong, a Quantum Sports Club coach who took time out of his coaching schedule to participate in the Wednesday event.

“Now Copper, Breckenridge and Keystone all have a series,” he said. “Anything we can do to boost our sport, not just ski racing but skiing, is certainly a bonus.”

Wednesday’s event was part of the same series as the two events that have been held at Keystone this year. As Armstrong points out, having events at Breckenridge expands the opportunities for everyone in Summit County to participate.

“It’s an entirely new experience than freeskiing,” he added.

Sure, a dozen or so of the top competitors are former elite level ski racers, such as Karen Harsch, who spent several years on the U.S. team. But everyone is welcome, and Armstrong noted that ski racing is a unique opportunity to expand one’s skiing experience.

“Ski racing is an important aspect of skiing,” he said. “There are a lot of people who don’t have a lot of racing experience, but are excellent skiers.

“It’s not a matter of how you turn but where you turn,” he said. “So it’s quite challenging and really fun. It’s low key, it’s a lot of fun, and you don’t have to be a big ski racer.”

The Wednesday World Cup continues on Feb. 4 at Keystone, with registration at 9 a.m. and races beginning at 11 a.m.

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