Race Ahead: Snowsports

first_imgSNOWSPORTSFREESTYLE DOUBLE CROSSWINTERGREEN, VIRGINIAJanuary 27, February 10 and 23Over the course of the season, Wintergreen hosts three different competitions on its slopes, the results are tallied and an overall winner is crowned after the finale. The races themselves consist of multiple heats of four skiers or snowboarders at a time barreling through their specially designed terrain park over jumps, gaps, and banked turns at top speed. The inclusiveness and unpredictability of the races is what organizer Sepp Kober loves about the race. “It’s open to all ages, as well as skiers and snowboarders,” he said. “Anything can happen.” In the double cross, the right tactics can become as crucial as speed on the course, since, as they say, “rubbing is racing.” The event takes on a carnival atmosphere with music pumping at the top of the hill and the race director calling out the results in real time. wintergreenresort.comTOTALLY 80s RETRO WEEKENDBEECH MOUNTAIN, NORTH CAROLINAFebruary 22-24, 2013Prepare to hit the way-back button with this retro weekend at Beech Mountain outside Boone, N.C.; you’re going to have to break out the aviators, neon, and one-pieces if you want to fit in at this party. Just be sure to stretch before you assault the mountain with spread eagles, daffies, and backscratchers. Last year’s event featured a mechanical bull, best outfit competition, and hair bands lighting up the stage. Deep, 80s-themed discounts are as prominent as leg warmers and chest hair throughout the resort. New events this year include an 80s trick contest and a rail jam with a DJ spinning your favorite hits from the decade. Get your dance on at an after party with no cover. beechmountainresort.comWV OPENSNOWSHOE, WEST VIRGINIAFebruary 23, 2013Snowshoe Mountain is the largest resort in West Virginia, and the region for that matter, so it is no surprise that the resort hosts the largest slopestyle competition of its kind in the area. The WV Open draws the best talent from the state and beyond to Silver Creek’s Mountaineer Terrain Park for one night of spins, flips, and grinds. The event takes place under lights, which only adds to the competition’s electric atmosphere.  Also included in the festivities is a demo by U.S. Airbag, a maker of giant pads for ski slopes and terrain parks. The bags are set up in the landing zone so skiers and snowboarders will get their chance at launching huge or practicing new tricks without the threat of a slam on the ice. snowshoemtn.comMOTOWN THROWDOWNMorgantown, West VirginiaHalloween Weekend, 2013Each Halloween, Morgantown is overrun with young kids in wacky get-ups looking for handouts and getting hopped up on sugar. No, we are not talking about trick-or-treaters; we are talking about the crowd at the MoTown Throwdown. The annual rail jam competition is the earliest opportunity to slide on snow, even if it is 20,000 pounds trucked into downtown. The city shuts down High Street, and the Seven Springs park crew erects an elevated tower system to launch the riders. Bails and slams are cheered just as loudly as stomps as riders push the limits of street style. A DJ is on hand to entertain the crowd and pump up the competitors, and previous musical performances include Mix Master Mike and Phife Dawg of A Tribe Called Quest, but the party does not end when the contest does. pathfinderwv.comSUGAR FESTSUGAR MOUNTAIN, NORTH CAROLINADecember, 2013North Carolina’s Sugar Mountain pulls out all the stops for its annual Sugar Fest, now over a decade old. Usually held in the early season as an official winter kick off, Sugar Fest is a diverse celebration of winter activities. Sugar Mountain Director of Marketing Kim Jochl says Sugar Fest is designed to appeal to everyone: “We’ve evolved it over the years to be more inclusive of all winter activities, not just skiing and snowboarding. We have fireworks, live music, and performances by Paul Wylie, [figure skating] Olympic Gold medalist.” Along with Wylie, Sugar brings in other Olympians like skier Diann Roffe to teach clinics and meet the crowd. A rail jam caps off the event with over $4,500 in prizes and giveaways. skisugar.com Best of the Rest CUPP RUN CHALLENGESnowshoe Mountain, West VirginiaFebruary 4, 2013 • snowshoemtn.comTHE MARYLAND OPENWisp Resort, MarylandFebruary 23, 2013 • wispresort.comWILD THING WEEKENDCanaan Valley Resort, West VirginiaMarch 1-2, 2013 • canaanresort.comSNOWY LUAU FESTIVALTimberline Resort, West VirginiaMarch 15-17, 2013 • timberlineresort.comSHRED FOR THE CUPAppalachian Ski Mountain, North CarolinaAll Winter • appskimtn.comFor more great Race Ahead information check out these sections:SnowsportsTrail RunningRoad RunningMountain BikingRoad CyclingClimbingPaddlingHikingMultisportSuperlativeslast_img read more

Risk Management: How hungry are you?

first_imgI like being “on time.” I like other people who like to be on time. It shocks me that tardiness is not one of the seven deadly sins.I think that could be an oversight.But how do I manage the risk of being late? Before I can even begin to manage this, I need to measure my appetite for being on time.Business meetings: I am very risk adverse, bordering on zero-tolerance. Social meetings:  I am less risk adverse for parties. More risk adverse when meeting people for dinner at a restaurant.I’ll set two alarms the night before a big morning meeting at work. But I won’t crack the whip getting Kate and Briggs out the door for a birthday party. (The benefit of being on time doesn’t outweigh having a calm day without arguments.)And in any event, I’d never put anyone’s safety at risk (driving dangerously fast) to be on time, even for a work event. continue reading » 17SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more