Here is something you can circle up on your calendar. Saturday 02/28/09 is the first ever Saddleback Mountain Challenge (SMC).
This is a serious race.
If you got the right gear, and are into physically challenging things - keep reading...
Saddleback is starting what undoubtly will catch on as an annual event. This type of race is fairly easy on the resort and punishing on the competitors.
There are free season passes at stake!
Long story – Short
• Climb 1800 vertical feet
• Traverse forever, and then some more
• Ski steep and fast to the finish line
• Conditions will factor into results
the course - image from Saddleback
Last season: Saddleback Blog
This style of event/race is becoming a very popular trend in the East.
• Free the Heel – Free the Mind
• Half a Binding - Half a Brain
From the resort..
The first place finishers, in both the men's and women's division, will receive a 2009-2010 Saddleback Mountain Season's Pass. There will also be silver and bronze prizes. For all participants there is a commemorative t-shirt, spaghetti dinner and celebration in the fireplace room in Saddleback's beautiful post and beam lodge
Fact: The S.G. would be there, and making the run, if not predissposed..
Eric Wilbur is a lifelong recreational skier who spends most of his winter and spring in the mountains of New England. He does not ski in jeans. You can read more of Eric's work here.
Heather Burke is an award winning ski journalist with over a decade of ski news coverage. As a former ski instructor and a ski parent, she knows the ski biz from the inside out. She and her family visit New England ski resorts, as well as the West and Canada, to report on the latest trends and their best family finds. Her husband Greg takes all the accompanying photos, and their work can be seen at www.familyskitrips.com and www.luxuryskitrips.com.