Schweitzer Mountain Resort opened last week and closed this week. The station hopes to reopen soon, but the warm weather has taken its toll and forced management to close Monday through today.
Colder temperatures and snow have finally arrived and will continue for the next few days, and staff will do everything possible to reopen. Check their website for updates.
World Cup – Cirque Blanc returned to North America for the first time in two years. The women skied technological events in Killington, Vermont. The giant slalom was canceled, but the flagship event, the slalom, was a battle.
Mikaela Shiffrin hit back with a 0.2 second deficit for her 46th World Cup slalom win, tied with Ingemar Stenmark for most wins in a single event. Paula Moltzan finished seventh on Sunday.
The men were in Lake Louise for seeding events and were victims of inclement weather. One descent and the super-G were canceled due to fresh snow.
In the disputed downhill, Ryan Cochran-Siegle placed 10th, followed by Bryce Bennett and Travis Ganong, who tied for 26th. The women are now moving to Lake Louise for their Speed Week, and the men are heading to the thrilling Birds of Prey Trail in Beaver Creek, Colorado for the downhill and super-G.
Calendar of events 2021-22 Schweitzer (events subject to change)
18 – NASTAR Opens (maybe): Citizen racing on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
23-24 – Watch out for Santa Claus who is skiing! : Come take a few turns with the big man from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
24 – Santa’s balloon parade: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
7 – Kick-off of the Independence Youth Race series: Four Friday evenings of races for children aged 6 to 16. Free coaching, prizes and jerseys for only $ 45. This day includes a special race training session. It fills up quickly, so call Shep Snow at 208-290-6370 for details or pick up a registration form at Sandpoint Sports or the Alpine Shop. The meeting time on the first evening is 5 p.m.
8-9 – SARS is organizing Youth Ski League races: two giant slalom races for under 12s. Contact Jamie Landwehr at 208-946-7859.
14 – Independence Youth Race Series Day 2: Meet at 5.30 p.m. near the clock tower.
15 – Northern lights in Schweitzer: Fireworks seen from the Village.
21 – Independence Youth Race Series Day 3: Meet at 5.30 p.m. at the equipment control.
22-23 – U14 Qualifying: SARS will organize qualifying slalom and giant slalom races for the U14 regional championships. Contact Jamie Landwehr at 208-946-7859.
28 – Independence Junior Race Series, last night: awards and ice cream feast immediately after competition.
27-28 – Western Region Tech Series U16-19: The pinnacle of visual excitement. Watch the West’s top 16 to 20-year-old talent compete for honors and eligibility for the National Junior Championships. Call SARS at 208-946-7859 to volunteer.
29 – Winter trails day: Free access to 32 km of snowshoe or cross-country ski trails.
4 – Starlight Racing: Four weeks of team competition on the NASTAR course. Big contest, big prizes and lots of fun!
11 – Night of Starlight Racing n ° 2
13-18 – SARS Western Regional Speed Series: SARS welcomes the best U16 and up talent from the Western region for downhill and super-G competition. SARS needs a lot of help to get out of it. Call SARS at 208-946-7859 to volunteer.
18 – Night of Starlight Racing n ° 3
20 – “Let it Glow” fireworks show: children’s parade and fireworks show. 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
24-27 – SARS Masters Course and Courses: USSA Masters Courses and Competitions organized by SARS. Male and female alpine skiers, aged 21 to 88, will converge on Schweitzer Mountain Resort to compete for regional titles in the super-G, slalom and giant slalom events. The public is welcome to all races. Volunteers greatly appreciated.
25 – Starlight Racing evening n ° 4: costume party for the final, award ceremony / party and lots of fun.
28 – Toyota free day: Free lift ticket for the driver of any Toyota driving in the mountains.
5 – Mega Demo Days: The biggest demonstration day in the region. Come ride something new and exciting.
26 – 2400 Feet of Schweitzer: This year 24 Hours for Hank presents its fourth 2400 Feet of Schweitzer. The nation’s longest giant slalom race will start at Sky House and end at The Outback in what promises to inspire smiles and test your endurance. Participants feel the thrill of a charge and a sunrise run before Schweitzer opens to public traffic. Teams of skiers, snowboarders and telemarkers will ride for prizes, bragging rights and most importantly fundraisers for research into cystinosis and the future of Hank.
1-3 – Buddy Werner Championships: SARS hosts the U12 Pacific Northwest Championships. Giant slalom, slalom and quest for skills. Contact Jamie Landwehr at 208-946-7859.
2-3 – Schpring Finale 2022: It’s time to celebrate in Schweitzer with all kinds of fun events to wrap up the season! The Ponderay Rotary will be on site with their duck derby and Schweitzer has other fun events planned for all ages.
10 – Provisional closing day
Independence Junior Race Series – Whether you are experienced or have never raced before, this series is for you. Last year’s program was a huge success and we expect over 70% of the children to return.
The runners will be organized in teams. Each team will have two coaches. The first day (Friday January 7) will be a “learn to race” clinic, followed by timed races on the NASTAR course.
The following three Friday evenings (14, 21 and 28 Jan.) will be centered on the course, with a little supervision alongside. Rewards are based on percentage improvement. Each member of the winning team receives medals and everyone receives a nice T-shirt on the final night. The goal is to have fun and make new friends.
A great deal at a very low price ($ 45). Registrations are limited to 80 children, so take action now! Registration forms are available at the Alpine Store, online at www.independenceracing.com, or contact Shep Snow at 208-290-6370 for more information.
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