Congratulations to Rachel Bigatel as she competed in the Marriot Eastern Championships (formerly known as Future Stars) that were held March 24-26 at Sunday River, Maine as the #7 seed. Conditions at the championships were difficult at best as the warm weather in mid-March turned cold providing some very icy race courses for about 80 girls. Rachel went on to finish (3) of her (4) runs at the championships; including a finish in the Slalom that beat her seed rating by about 15 spots. Her 1st run in the GS was better than about half the field. This was a very successful year in only her 2nd year of organized racing.
One more congratulations for a great season to our two 2012 PA State team racers, Nick and Rachel.
HVRC currently has (3) racers that are planning to go to Mt. Hood, Oregon for summer race camp in June. Typically, these camps have the racers on snow for 5-6 hours each day with other summer activities afterwards. Due to the travel and distance from home, we recommend that racers attending summer camp be J3 or older unless escorted during travel to and from Portland. If you are interested in sending your racer, we recommend contacting Ralph Blasey, Todd Bigatel, Alec Boright or Ralph Manson for more information. All of them have racers that have either attended or will attend summer race camps.
As many of you are aware, USSA will be changing the age groups for next season. Effectively, all age groups will be held back one year. For example, a 2nd year J4 at 12 years old will be a 2nd year U-14 (J4) next season. HVRC will be attending the PARA Spring Meeting on May 5th and we hope to have additional information regarding the age change and how it will impact state derbies.
It will be some time before things start for next season. If you were a USSA member this season, in Late June/Early July you can expect renewal info from USSA. We’ll publish something as soon as it is available to help you decide the competitor level for your racer. 2012/2013 race schedules won’t be released until mid-October. Typically, there will be USSA races at 7 Springs on the Saturday between Christmas & New Years and each of the 1st two weekends in January. I usually try to avoid commitments during race season, but especially for these races. There are usually 5-6 regional races at 7 Springs and 1 at Wisp. State Derby invites for J3 & J4 are dependent on completing 50% of the available runs. These three weekends represent 4 races; 2 runs each, which usually fulfills the requirement.