Snow, sleet & ski racing!

Thursday, January 31, 2008 at 06:34 PM

Snow is on its way this weekend, but not before a potential mix of precipitation on Friday. Hopefully Mother Nature tosses out more of the white stuff than sleet!

The ski resorts are currently reporting good conditions and they are offering an abundance of open trails and lifts. Check the snow report links on my Vermont Ski Resorts page before you go. By Saturday you may be pleasantly surprised with reports of fresh powder up high in the hills!

This weekend is UVM Winter Carnival Weekend with ski racing on Friday and Saturday. Here’s a run-down of the schedule. All nordic events are at Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, Vt., and the alpine events are at Stowe Mountain Resort.

If you haven’t seen college ski racing, it’s inspiring. These kids are really in shape and they can fly like the wind! I love watching the mass starts in cross-country racing. They are all lined up and they are like fine-tuned machines as they pole and kick out of the starting area.

At these college races, you’ll see some of tomorrow’s US Ski Team members banging gates and skating fast. It’s fun to watch so consider checking it out if you are near Stowe this weekend.

University of Vermont alumni were invited to an aprés-ski event on Saturday. Mosey on over to UVM's alumni website for details.

Friday, February 1

9:30am Women's 10km Classic Race- Mass Start*
9:30am Women's Giant Slalom- 1st run, Hayride
Men's Giant Slalom 1st run will begin immediately following the men's race
10:45am Men's 10km Classic Race- Mass Start*  
12:30pm Women's Giant Slalom 2nd run, Hayride 
Men's Giant Slalom 2nd, Hayride will begin immediately following the men's race 

Saturday, February 2

9:00am Men's Freestyle Sprint Qualifying
Women's Freestyle Sprint Qualifying will begin 2 minutes after men's finish
9:30am Men's Slalom- 1st run, Hayride
Women's Slalom- 1st run, Hayride will begin immediately following the men's race
10:30am Men's and Women's Freestyle Sprint Consolation Heats
12:00am Men's and Women's Heats for top 30, last heat of the day at about 1:50pm
12:30pm Men's Slalom- 2nd run, Hayride
Women's Slalom-2nd run, Hayride will begin immediately following the men's race
2:15pm Awards Ceremony for all Nordic Races adjacent to Start/Finish
3:00pm Award Ceremony for all Alpine Races at tent adjacent to the Base Lodge

* Cross-country NCAA qualifier
All alpine races are qualifiers

Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Cross-country skiing, Stowe, Trapp Family Lodge

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