For all the things that have changed in the Park City ski scene, some stay the same – like the popular and competitive Town Race Series.
Three races remain at Park City Mountain Resort in the four-event series that has been moved from Wednesdays to Mondays, starting at 3 p.m. and running to 6 p.m. on Lower CB’s at the Eagle Race Arena on the north edge of town. The area, lit for night skiing, has been host for world-class ski racing events, including the giant slalom at the 2002 Winter Olympics.
Participants can run gates either as an individual or four-person team. Depending upon experience and race time, they win in four categories, according to expertise: platinum, gold, silver and bronze for each race. Awards are handed out after each race, at the Corner Store on March 2, and The Pig Pen Saloon on Feb. 9 and March 9.
According to Town Race Series organizers Park City Ski Team, the course will be set a bit tighter than in previous years .
"The courses are going to be more geared for less experienced racers," director Jesse Hunt told local media. "The gates will be closer together, which will make it a little easier for people who are less experienced. We're going to be a little in between a GS and a slalom."
The series has gotten a reputation for its competiveness, particularly because of all the former world- and national-class racers who live in the area. So, the new course setting is designed to slow down the speeds on the course to entice less-experienced or new skiers to try out some friendly competition, he said.
The races are set for Feb. 9, March 2 and March 9. Cost is $20 entry fee for a race, or $60 for the season. Teams pay $75 a race or $240 for all of the races. Both locals and those from-away are welcome.
To register, head up to the Park City Ski Team office near The Pig Pen Saloon or go online.
Photos: Top -- Park City Mountain Resort's town races entice many top skiers and those in it for fun (Ben Pieper Photography/Point Productions LLC); Bottom -- Lights come on for Park City Town Races (Park City Ski Team/Facebook)