CONWAY — As much as we dislike the ‘R’ word during winter, last week’s weather event set us up for great racing conditions for the rest of the year.
For those who took our advice last week, and visited one of our shop sponsors to have their skis tuned, the snow was fast and grippy Wednesday, which was run as Weeks 3 and 4. For those who forgot to get their edges cleaned up, they noticed a very different set of conditions in the course than we had during Weeks 1 and 2.
For the first time this year, the base was firm enough to set a course with some “swing” across the hill, and course setter Skip Bartlett took full advantage, forcing the Meisters to turn all the way from start to finish. The Blue course, which counted for Race 4, was over half a second slower than the Yellow course, which counted as Race 3.
For a $5 donation to the American Cancer Society’s upcoming Feb. 11 “Hope on The Slopes” event at Cranmore, Meisters were even given an opportunity to take an extra third run this week to use on the course of their choice, between 4 and 6 p.m. These modifications provided lots of options for the Meisters, which kept them skiing all day. It was agreed upon, that the further from the gates you got, the nicer the snow was for skiing; a testament to the efforts of Cranmore’s Groomers and Snow Makers.
Also thrown into the mix this week was the first week of the Gibson Cup over on the Comp Slope. This year, racers who participate in the Gibson Cup get unlimited race runs each week, which made a huge difference for quite a few racers, including myself.
With three races going on Wednesday, we could go on for pages with our top performers and memorable moments. For a full run down of the Gibson Cup and Meister Results for Weeks 3 and 4, check the Cranmore Meister Page at cranmore.com/Skiing-Riding/Races-Competitions/Mountain-Meisters-Series. Otherwise, we are publishing Week 4 results in today’s paper.
In addition to the racing, this week we had entertainment by White Lightning, Beer specials from Tuckerman Brewing Company, our presenting sponsor, as well as complementary fries from Zip’s for those who won the start house raffles.
Because we lost Week 3 and had to make it up, with two races in Week 4, we will be dropping three races instead of two this year; so your best seven races are what will count for the final standings. This adjustment makes it fair for those racers who were unable to make it this week.
Next week, we will have our first slalom of the year for the Gibson Cup, with unlimited runs. On the Meister Hill, we will be back to “One&Done” and the [email protected] options; but, we are offering an extra run again, between 4 and 6 p.m., for a $5 donation to “End 68 Hours of Hunger.”
In addition to the extra run next week, we are holding a pasta dinner in Zip’s Pub from 4:30 to 6 p.m., also to benefit “End 68 Hours of Hunger.” Our goal is to provide enough in food and cash donations for End 68 to meet the needs of our local families for the February Vacation period.