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High Country Junior Race Series at Beech Mountain Resort
January 12 @ 11:00 am - 3:30 pm
Alpine ski racing, for obvious geographical and logistical reasons, is not a sport that most children in America would immediately think of if asked what sports they might like to try. But, in the High Country of North Carolina, we have thriving ski racing programs for kids, thanks to ski resorts like Appalachian Ski Mtn, Ski Beech, and Sugar Mountain. With a little help from plate tectonics (uplifting the Appalachian Mountains) and from mother nature for cooperating with winter temperatures conducive to snow making, ski racing programs are alive and well here.
The High Country Junior Race Series, started in 1984 as a friendly competition between junior skiers from the then four area ski resorts mentioned earlier, brings together junior athletes, ages 4 to 18, to participate in a series of races held at each ski area, culminating in a rotating Championship race. At each race, medals are awarded to the top three finishers among the boys and girls in each age group. Cumulative points are awarded to each racer and carry over from each race to the Championships, where trophies are also awarded to racers with the most points for the season. There is also a team trophy awarded to the team from the ski area with the most points for the season.
HCJRS Guidelines [PDF]