Sunday, March 8, 1998
The right-hand side of the course was serving up penalty points today, effectively scrambling the raw time finish order for the women (with the exception of Thompson who skied it clean). However, herein lies the thrill and challenge of telemark these competitors have to look good and carry their form through the gates. Style is a huge deciding factor and finesse counts as much as speed in these here parts.
The slalom was both challenging and fun as this writer can attest after trying out the course in citizen's class. With leather lace-ups and fatty Mountain Noodles, let's just say that which doesn't kill us only makes us stronger. In addition to great courses, the rest of Big Mountain's terrain is fabulous and an excellent complement to gates.
After a splendid weekend filled with quality telemark racing, beautiful weather and snow, good people and fantastic parties put on by the Dire Wolf Pub and Big Mountain, excitement was high on this final day. Strong, solid skiers congregated for these championships, many of whom are headed to Salt Lake City to compete with the best in the world at the World Cup races which will be part of the Great American Telemark Festival, March 19-29.
Michelle Quigley, Mountain Zone Staff