Saturday at the NW Cup greeted the athletes with clear skies and warm temperatures. Course conditions were hard and fast, with the course running the entire vertical drop of Skyline chair. With a field of over 150 men and women, this proved to be a course worthy of NW Cup competition. Melissa Eik continued her comeback season by placing third, missing first by a mere fraction of a second. Callie Dahlberg also scored NW Cup points for SPAC at 20th, and Elly Bray was best women’s move up from start seed position to finish place for SPAC at +8. For the men, the field also very competitive. SPAC men who scored NW Cup points were Boomer Vuori (13th), Brandon Wear-Grimm(15th), Grant Duffy(22nd) and Quinn Barrow(29th). Kris Westman led SPAC men in the move up with +41, just missing the overall award for the day.
As the weekend moved to Sunday, weather was not as favorable, and course work became more rigorous as the day wore on. The volunteer crew dedicated themselves to making sure the race went off safely. More scoring for the SPAC women came with Callie Dahlberg finishing 14th. Top move up for the SPAC women was Maia Forsythe with a finish placing of +12 from her start position. Men scoring for SPAC on Sunday were Boomer Vuori (17th), Quinn Barrow (26th), and Greg Gibbons (28th). Quinn Barrow led SPAC men in moving up +26. We are very proud of all of our athletes. They raced hard and put forth a great effort, kept a great attitude. No matter the outcome of each individuals race they came back out to support the community as a whole.
Big kudos to the volunteer crew and athletes, who had to work extra hard since we were shorthanded with the Apple Cup running the same weekend. The race crew was amazing. Almost the entire course was lined with b-net; double the b-net of our usual races for added safety with the low snow conditions. Special thanks to the crew who put up rolls and rolls on Friday night! And to crews who were out early both Saturday and Sunday and a big round of applause to those who stayed out through the beginning of the Super Bowl, so we could all get in for the second half. We were very proud of our athletes who stayed to help clean up and tear down without being asked. Melissa Eik even missed awards because she was still out rolling b-net.
And of course a huge shout out to the coaching staff. They did an awesome job and went above and beyond expectations working long and hard to make this race happen. The coaches showed up at 6:30 am and didn’t leave until after 5 both days. A highlight was Dave Lyon, up to his knees in sugar snow shoveling for an hour (there were about 12 people working on 2 gates), so we didn’t have to cancel the second run on Sunday. We are very proud to have hosted a top quality race in challenging conditions. We couldn’t have done it with out all of our very dedicated volunteers, coaches and athletes.
And last but not least a big thanks goes out to Stevens Pass for making such an amazing effort so that we could make NW cup happen. They gave up a large percentage of their public areas for this race. They farmed snow to cover thin spots and put in an extra 4 hours per night working the hill so we would have a good surface to race on. Thank you Stevens for all you do for us!
Next, it is on to the speed events for NW Cup competition at Sun Cup at Mt Bachelor.