Just a reminder, for everyone who is planning to go to the Skiway for training on Saturday, you should meet Chris, Isabelle, Christian, and Bruce in front of the lodge at 9am.
For everyone planning to race at Ragged, please read on:
Two times you need to know for the race at Ragged.
- Get there by 8am at the LATEST.
- Be ready to meet the team on snow at 8:30am
Ragged is a great first race for kids because it is on a really easy hill. It’s dual slalom, which means you pretty much follow a very established track going back and forth around gates of the same color. The race course finishes at the bottom of the mountain, in easy view of any family members on foot or on skis.
The specifics for this race are that you should arrive by 8am at the latest to allow time to check in, and get your child’s race bib. Registration is typically in the smaller building on the right as you walk up. There is not a lot of room in this building so it may be easier to register and then go the main lodge (on the left) to get ready. There will be a line at registration, and they will likely ask to see your child’s USSA card.
Last year, instead of tickets you stick on a wicket, Ragged started using RFID cards (called “Get Ragged Cards”). Assuming that’s the case again (I’ve asked their race admin, but haven’t gotten an answer back) you may be asked to pay a $5 deposit for this card and your skier’s race bib. You will get this back at the end of the day when you return the bib and the card. Last year they said lost cards would cost you $10 (not sure why they are asking for a $5 deposit then). The racer should put this card INSIDE their clothing or race suit (if they are planning to take off a jacket, pants etc…) as you will not be able to get up the lift without it, and sometimes racers are temporarily separated from their outerwear clothing. If they are wearing a suit, the best way to do this is to use duct tape and tape the ticket onto the child’s clothing.
Ragged also usually sells family-of-racer tickets at a reduced rate. Sometimes this is at race registration, sometimes at the ticket window, and sometimes at the skier services desk in the other lodge. One other note for adult Skiway Passholders and family members. Ragged has partnered with the Dartmouth Skiway so that for $50 Skiway Passholders can upgrade their pass to be good at BOTH the Skiway and Ragged. Supposedly you can upgrade your pass either at the Skiway or at Ragged. We have no plans to return to Ragged this winter, but it still might be a good deal for some of you!
We will meet as a team at 8:30 between the lodge and the finish line, and then we’ll bring the kids up to inspect the course, in preparation for a 10am start. Remember they should still be in warm clothes — not “stripped down” when we meet to check out the courses. Once the race begins they will alternate girls then boys, by age class. (All the U10 girls, then U10 boys, then older kids…) Kids will ski one course in the morning and the other in the afternoon. Each course will run in bib order – both morning and afternoon, but sometimes kids are missing, so you need to stay on your toes if you are watching.
For even more information, check out my post on a typical race day schedule. When you read that, please take into account that this is one of the few races that will start at 10am vs. the normal 9:30….and adjust accordingly.
See you Saturday!