Race Ahead 2014: Snowsport Events

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Freestyle Double Cross
Wintergreen, Va., January 26, February 9 & 22 

To celebrate the winter season, Wintergreen hosts three competitions on its slopes, which culminate in one overall winner. The races are open to both skiers and snowboarders as well as all ages and skill levels. Each competition has multiple heats of four participants who cruise through the terrain park at lightning speed. freestyleonlinenews.com

Cupp Run Challenge
Snowshoe Mountain Ski Resort, W.Va., February 3 

Designed by Olympic gold medalist Jean Claude Killy in 1973, the short yet stout Cupp Run gives skiers a run for their money every year. The Cupp Runn Challenge has been one of the East’s most trying races since its inaugural year. The giant slalom course plunges 1,500 vertical feet downhill in just under a mile and a half. snowshoemtn.com

Richard T. Trundy Memorial Sugar Cup Competition
Sugar Mountain Ski Resort, N.C., March 9

The event is a giant slalom competition, intended for racers with at least intermediate or above ability levels. Competitors can feel good about racing for this event, as 100 percent of all entry fees go to the American Cancer Society. Activities like the Great Bear Race, a magic show, and of course the cake and ice cream make this a great way to hit the slopes with the family one last time before spring settles in. skisugar.com

Banked Slalom Race
Beech Mountain Resort, N.C., February 22

Berms, hips, slash walls, doubles. You name it, chances are the Banked Slalom course at Beech has it. Although not nearly as big of a crowd-drawer as freestyle wintersport events, banked slalom races in particular are starting to gain in popularity. An added incentive for competitors is access to a discounted lift ticket for the day. beechmountainresort.com

Cat Cage Rail Jam
Cataloochee Ski Area, N.C., December

Head south to Cataloochee’s Cat Cage Rail Jam, a fun, community-based event that sees some pretty talented athletes busting out some pretty sweet tricks. With a season pass raffle, giveaways, food, and drinks, the best part of this rail jam party is in its inclusive atmosphere. The free entry makes getting out there to try something new a more approachable idea for first-timers. iskinc.com

Best of the Rest

Biff-vitational
Roundtop Mountain Resort, Penn., January 4 • iraceforbiff.org

Septuagenarian Party
Sugar Mountain Ski Resort, N.C., January 7 • skisugar.com

K2 Pop This!
Appalachian Ski Mountain, N.C., January 10 • appskimtn.com

Winter Fest Rail Jam
Beech Mountain Resort, N.C., January 11 • beechmountainresort.com

Blackstrap Friday Night Rail Jam
Wisp Resort, Md., January 17, February 21, March 14 • wispresort.com

Appalachian Snowboard Series
Bryce Resort, Va., February 8-9 • srrclub.org

Patrick Shire Memorial Giant Slalom
Liberty Mountain Resort, Penn., February 9 • paracing.org

West Virginia Open
Snowshoe Mountain Ski Resort, W.Va., February 22 • snowshoemtn.com

Spring Fling 2014
Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort, Tenn., March 9 • obergatlinburg.com

Snowy Luau Festival
Timberline Resort, W. Va., March 14-15• timberlineresort.com

Meltdown Games
Appalachian Ski Mountain, N.C., March 22 • appskimtn.com

Motown Throwdown
Morgantown, W. Va., November • pathfinderwv.com

Jack Frost Celebration
White Grass Touring Center, W. Va., December 6-7 • whitegrass.com

Sugar Fest
Sugar Mountain Ski Resort, N.C., December 12-14 • skisugar.com

Picnic in the Park Rail Jam
Snowshoe Mountain Ski Resort, W.Va., December • snowshoemtn.com 

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