Please see the results page for maps and results. Aims Coney, meet director for Garnett Hill, had the following to add:
Even though the turnout was lower than usual, this year’s New Year’s ski-o was a lot of fun to put on. As the date approached the conditions kept changing so I put off setting the courses until the very last minute. The challenge was to use the groomed trails as the primary safe routes and the ungroomed but skiable trails for the riskier and secondary choices. In the end, Garnet Hill had slightly more groomed trails this year than last and much better snow coverage than for many previous New Year’s events.
Three courses were offered: Orange and Red traditional, and a special sprint score-o for finishers of one of the first two. Any age group could qualify for the ESG using either course. This both eliminated forcing anyone to ski more than they felt comfortable and allowed everyone to ski the longer course if desired.
The score-o was a mix of speedy skiing and a silly math game. Everyone who did it had a great laugh afterwards because despite having 13 controls spread all around Garnet Hill, only the four closest to the lodge were needed for highest possible score.
Terry Allard gets better and better. It helps of course that Garnet Hill is his local area so we’re looking forward to see how he does this season at other sites.
It was great to see that perpetual group of age-group rivals; Ellie, Sue, Candi and Terry battling it out once again in F55+. And kudos to Phil who managed the long Red course on shaky knees.
Stina Bridgeman has certainly elevated her game and her selection to the US team going to Norway is well deserved.
Many thanks to Frank Boscoe for picking up controls and Terry Allard’s father for running the timing table.