POWDERHORN, Colo.- -In this race, children ages 10 and 11 race slalom and giant slalom skiing. Sheila Regan, the organizer of these races says it's one of the Powderhorn Racing Club's last hurrahs of the ski season. "We've been prepping for this event probably since November of last year. We have a great team of volunteers, coaches, the athletes help out, the younger kids are on the mountain helping out, so it really is a team effort to get this whole race organized," says Regan.
The Powderhorn Mountain Resort and Powderhorn Racing Club hosted the annual U12 Ski Championship Races on March 18th and 19th.
The competitors come from all over the state and country. "Powderhorn loves this event. It's a chance for us to showcase the resort and we have great snow conditions late in the season so we love showing that off to other people coming from elsewhere," says Ryan Robinson, the Marketing and Sales Manager for Powderhorn Mountain Resort.
There were approximately 220 competitors at this years races. Many of them have been skiing for the majority of their lives, and have their unique reasons for loving this sport. "You can go fast, I mean, just flying down the hill," says Garrett Gillest, a 5th grade student from Arvada. Jack Vincent drove out from Boulder and says the first time you ski "your stomach drops. But then after that it's just, natural to do it."
According to Regan, Powderhorn is just as excited about hosting this event as the competitors are about racing. "It feels amazing, we have gotten so many compliments about Powderhorn Resort, about the volunteers, the race organizers, and all of the course crew," says Regan.
Since the ski season is ending soon, this is one of the last celebrations before they close next week. "Closing date is March 26th, and then we'll open up again June 24th for downhill mountain biking," says Robinson.
There are plans for another U12 Ski Championship Race next year.