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Wachusett Mountain Ralph Crowley Classic

post #1 of 19
Thread Starter 
At Wachusett in Massachusetts, Friday, February 29,2008.

This is a "top to bottom" Super-G like race. Smith Walton is one of Wachusett's two black diamonds, 2,000 feet in length. I've never done this race, but I hear its fun. Note that lower Smith is a blue trail. Par time last year was 58.02. 88 competitors last year, only three men finished in less than 1 minute.

This is a Nastar race.

from the web site:

Ralph Crowley Ski Classic

February 29, 2008
This exciting race features the finest competitors racing down Smith Walton. Open to the public and to all staff members!! Don't miss this top to bottom one of a kind event!
Registration: 7-9:30 am by Customer Service
Race - 10:00 am
BBQ Lunch - 1 pm

Register at the Customer Service Desk or call 978-464-2300 ext. 3200 (Pre-register for $39 or $49 the day of the race) Must be 18 + to enter.

post #2 of 19
ive been to wachusett a few times. Each time I think why did I come here?

its tiny, lift lines are horrendous, and their diamonds are more like blues

The thing its got going for it is its cheap and its close to Boston. Makes it a good beginner mountain.
post #3 of 19
Thread Starter 

Thanks

That's a very helpful and constructive reply to a race announcement, thanks. Remember, you are welcome to stay away. If you have a gripe, customer service will be happy to hear it.

To everyone else, Wachusett has the second most active Nastar program in the U.S., with over 100 teams competing on four nights each week. The resort is consistently in the top ten in the East for customer service, value, etc.

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Originally Posted by SureValla View Post
ive been to wachusett a few times. Each time I think why did I come here?

its tiny, lift lines are horrendous, and their diamonds are more like blues

The thing its got going for it is its cheap and its close to Boston. Makes it a good beginner mountain.
post #4 of 19
lol customer service good one
post #5 of 19
[Mod hat on]You are glad to discuss Wachusett's terrain in a separate thread, this thread here is for the race announcement. [/Mod hat off]
post #6 of 19
Barring awful weather, I am going the the Crowley this year and my League team will be in the "Great Race" as well on the following Sat. The RC is a traditional warm up for the cream of the very competitive adult Race League.

IF you can bag work on a Friday, it is a great race GS Alyways lots of thrills and spills. Your legs WILL burn.

There is a video (I made) of the top pitch and some of last year's highlights and lowlights of the GR on youtube which I cannot seem to access right now. I will post link when I can. Search: Great Race 2007

Same course as the RCC. I crashed on run #2. I am about a 10 HCPer. Stewing about it since.

RCC is ONE run. Go to Wachusett.com. -> Mt Info -> Racing at Wachusett and you should be close enough.

I am there. It is not a creampuff race. Technical set and the racers are very serious. Think you are good? Come on up then and get a reality check. Lotsa fun!
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post #8 of 19
Man, too bad its on a friday. That looks like Fun for my poseur self.
post #9 of 19
Is it free for season pass holders?
post #10 of 19
Not free I do not think. See details here. Call them with questions.

http://wawa.wachusett.com/special_events/ralphcrowley2/
post #11 of 19
Thread Starter 

Season pass holders

I don't know exactly what the discount structure is, but I am a Nastar racer (paid registrant) and a Bronze pass holder, and it was discounted by $20 when I registered. So, since I registered in advance, which is priced at $39, I paid $19.
post #12 of 19
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Course set questions

I will be racing Friday, but have never done this. Is there anyone who has done this race int he past who can provide some insight on course set? I'm interested in how many gates, where they might be, how wide the course is set, what does it look like at the "jumps" where the roads cross the slope, etc.

Thanks.
post #13 of 19
Watch that video. Same set. No pro jumps. You will not catch air. Set pretty much down the entire smith walton trail. Race runs about 1 minute. Not sure how many gates. A lot. Finish is right by the lift.

Best spectating is at the cutover to 10th on either side of the trail.

If you are watching, bring your cowbells!
post #14 of 19
Your legs will be burning at the last few gates.
post #15 of 19
OK I am signed up!

Who is with me??? Krypto? Liquid?

Heyooooooooooooooo!
post #16 of 19
Working on it meng. Do you know if they run both runs right away or do they run it like a typical GS with a reset after lunch?? I need to quit my job!
post #17 of 19
1 run, Doood.
post #18 of 19
Very brief slideshow. Blubird day but COLD!

Good Course. I got a Silver. My Pal Martha exploding out of a gate. She beat me.

http://s140.photobucket.com/albums/r...t=03db0178.pbw
post #19 of 19
Dude.. Was hoping you'd get some pics of me almost hitting the fence! Fun race!
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