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East late season racing?

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Thread Starter 
OK, I realize that anyone who spent the season setting and running courses is due for a break! However, I'm still pumped to race as long as there is a course open.

Any thoughts on which eastern resorts will have an open GS or GS-like course later this season? NASTAR preferred, but anything is good. Thanks!
post #2 of 5
Thread Starter 
Well, not sure about other Mountains but...

Wachusett is running an encore weekend with virtually all of the mountain open including the NASTAR course. The Wa is open through tomorrow (Sunday April 13)- maybe next weekend too but who knows because the crowd was light. Course has been kept in good shape- clean but of course soft with the toasty warm spring conditions.

Absolutely gorgeous weather.
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When the weather warms up like this, does NASTAR run a pace setter through the course again to compensate for the slush? 

post #4 of 5
Thread Starter 
No, at least in my limited experience I have seen the pace set only once per session. 'Deteriorating' conditions are just part of the game.

I found racing in warm, slushy conditions to require contrasting techniques: mostly gentle turning technique to avoid getting bogged down but you do need to be fully committed to the turn due to the inevitable huge ruts. Once a track develops you are pretty much stuck with it- a 'better' line in the soft stuff is slower.

In the end, my times improve as the course gets 'worse'. Probably a combination of a track packing down / scraping off plus i'm figuring out what works for the conditions of the day- it's not intuitive for me yet. I think the pacesetter could be faster too. YRMV...
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Originally Posted by Metaphor_ View Post
 

When the weather warms up like this, does NASTAR run a pace setter through the course again to compensate for the slush? 


NASTAR's rules mandate the par time be reset if the course deteriorates and racers times are slower. The current race should be closed out, the pace setter should run again to reset the par time, and a new race should be started. Of course, absolutely nobody does this because it is too much work...

 

The problem is NASTAR has no mechanism to actually enforce the rules, so many ski areas just run it in a way that is easiest and most profitable for them.

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