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Wednesday, 10 January 2018 16:49

Race leagues return to Cataloochee

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Winter is here, and skiers and snowboarders with a need for speed will have a chance to show their stuff with a pair of recreational racing programs offered at Cataloochee Ski Area.

The largest recreational ski race program in the world, NASTAR Public Racing comes to Cataloochee 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays through the end of February. It’s a fun, competitive and easily accessible racing program that allows racers of all ages and abilities to compare themselves with each other, regardless of when and where they race, using a racer handicap system. Every race can earn contenders a platinum, gold, silver or bronze medal based on which handicap the racer has.

Register at the ski resort’s ticket center on the lower level of the lodge, or online at nastar.com. All races subject to weather and slope conditions. Lift ticket or season pass required. Cost is $10 for two runs or $20 for unlimited runs.

The Cataloochee Thursday Night Race League is back, with all skiers and snowboarders 18 years or older invited to participate each week from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Race dates are Jan. 11, Jan. 18, Jan. 25, Feb. 1, Feb. 8, Feb. 15 and Feb. 22. Individuals race against the clock on a modified GS or slalom course for the better of two runs. The top three challengers in men’s and women’s age divisions will win prizes. Helmets and goggles required. $15 to race or $35 for race entry and night lift ticket.

Find out more at cataloochee.com/learn-to-slide/recreational-race-programs.

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