On Sunday, we will have our first race of the season at Ragged Mountain. It’s a “dual slalom” which, in this case, means there are two courses side-by-side. Kids will ski one course (red or blue) — take a break — then ski on the other. It may be two runs in the morning, or one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Saturday at the Skiway, we will show the kids some of the things they will encounter the next day at the race — but overall our focus at this, and most races for U10s — will be on using the races as introduction to racing.
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.
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…) Each course will run in bib order (even numbers on one course/odds on the other) but sometimes kids are missing, so you need to stay on your toes if you are watching.
Please note, many of the more experienced Ford Sayre skiers (especially those with older sibs) will race in one piece “GS suits.” This is not what we expect newer racers to do, and no one should rush out and try to get a suit for this race. At this age, speed suits are, at best, a psychological vs. aerodynamic advantage. If any racers want to “strip down” for the race, coaches (and parent helpers) will bring jackets and pants down to the finish, but please make sure racers are dressed warmly prior to that point in time.
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.
If you haven’t registered for the race and want to, you still can, but time is running out.