MagazineFebruary 2014Race Ahead 2014: Snowsport Events

Race Ahead 2014: Snowsport Events

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Best of the Rest

Roundtop Mountain Resort, Penn., January 4 •

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Motown Throwdown
Morgantown, W. Va., November •

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

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

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


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