Four days of International Ski Federation (FIS) level racing wrapped up on Golden Peak Sunday, and in those four days athletes saw a full range of conditions.
The event doubled as the season championship for the Rocky/Central division of ski racing in the U.S., and began Thursday on one of the worst weather days Colorado’s Interstate 70 corridor has seen this season. Vail Pass was closed, the Colorado Department of Transportation was recommending motorists avoid the roads and huge snowflakes were falling on the course at Golden Peak.
Crews were able to pull off a race nonetheless.
Just days earlier, the track had been injected with water, “and the resulting product was really excellent,” said Alpine race coordinator PJ Jenick. “But 3 feet of snow on it buried us … to say that the conditions were challenging would be a major understatement.”