Southern skiers take racing seriously

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Many of the best ski racers who live in places where it rarely snows will be in Steamboat Springs beginning Dec. 6 for the 20th anniversary of the Crescent Ski Council's annual race training week.

Crescent, which represents 23 individual ski clubs in the southeastern United States, will bring 325 people to the Lodge at Steamboat for a week of training and competition that lasts through Dec. 12.

The size of the group this year is about double its typical size, according to Steve Malacinski, adult supervisor for the Steamboat Ski School.

"It's a race camp with about 100 participants that just run gates and train racing Monday through Friday," Malacinski said.

Another 100 people spend half their time race training and another group takes all-day ski school lessons, he said.

The Crescent Ski Council was formed in 1969 primarily to organize long-distance ski trips.

The council represents 23 ski clubs and nearly 6,000 members. In addition to sponsoring six racing weekends (most of them in West Virginia) and December trips to Steamboat and Killington, Vt., the council hosts two annual leadership training conventions to enhance the organization of local clubs.

Many of the member clubs are in the Carolinas, such as the Charlotte Ski Bees from Charlotte, N.C., and the Palmetto Ski & Outing group from Greenville, S.C.

The East Tennessee Mogul Mashers from Kingsport, Tenn., and the Central Florida Snow Skiers from Winter Springs, Fla., also are affiliated.

In addition to their scheduled activities on snow, council members will be invited to a reception at the Ore House at the Pine Grove and a dinner with their instructors at the Chart House.


-- To reach Tom Ross call 871-4205

or e-mail tross@steamboatpilot.com

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