I’m writing this a couple of weeks after that nice evening. I went back out to the hill only 3 days after my daughter broke her leg on the previous Sunday at Edelweiss. She was still at home, but was heading to school the following day then off again on Friday for an appointment at CHEO to see if she would need an operation to place a screw in her tibia (she did have one).
I needed to bring the Edelweiss contribution as one of the numerous prizes for Ottawa Masters’ Ladies Night. I left really late from Ottawa and showed up just before the start of the first of three runs. The Vorlage Ladies Night has been a tradition of the Ottawa Masters for the last few seasons. Apparently it started when the Vorlage Race Club complained that we broke too many gates and that they would no longer hold a race for us using full gates. So the following year, someone came up with a Ladies Night, an evening to introduce Ladies to Masters racing and for some (Men and Ladies), a slalom with stubbies is less intimidating. A few other incentives would be a greater variety of prizes and half price racing registration. Instead of paying for $15 to race, it would be $7.50. Lift tickets sold are $10. So for one evening of racing with lift ticket included, a great chance to win a prize (generally there are enough prizes for all the Ladies participants) for only $17.50. Pretty hard to find skiing for even close to that price.
On this 2012 edition, Ladies represented one-third of racers. It had been fairly warm all day, but the conditions were surprising good. In fact, they were great. The base never refroze, so it was real nice to carve. The race is held on Lookout which is the flattest of our races, but some people like the run. You really have to move to get a good time.
I brought out my camera to test it for evening action shots. Some of the racers, some trying to be artistic. Still need to figure a few things out, especially that I wanted to test it without a flash. Some pictures turned out pretty good, some not so good and some didn’t turn out at all.
You can judge the results in the MadPat picture gallery for Vorlage 2012.
Although the conditions were great, I only did 6 runs this evening, I would have done more, but the presentations were about to start. It was surprising that so many racers continued skiing after the race, especially here, it just a testimony how good the skiing was. As for racing myself, I wasn’t sure I would race again this season was my thought on this evening. I was going to have my own medical appointment for my health issue the following week. Oh yeah, health issues suck.
The competition is pretty tight this year with some new blood. Its a good thing as a few of the regular have ended up on the injured list.
The evening results are HERE.
Beer Points and Drinks
The Beer points (Calculated on best run based on our handicap time). Chris won it his sitski. Chris volunteering his time and energy with the CADS program which are based locally at Edelweiss. He’s a pretty good skier, but like to challenge himself on his sitski, either by racing to hitting the ‘big air’.
Taking about beer, Vorlage opened the bar as we were showing up. This Wednesday night was particularly quiet on this Wakefield ski area. The funny part is they actually ran out of beer at the end. As you can see from the Newsletter below, they were some great prize for our Annual Ladies Night.
Taken from the Ottawa Masters Newsletter:
Annual Ladies Night
We had a very excellent ladies night in 2012. 18 ladies and 34 men. The crew at Vorlage did an excellent job this year and I had nothing but compliments from the gang. The prize table was full. Thanks to the following supporters who donated swag to the cause:
Camp Fortune: Lift Tickets and shirts
Edelweiss: One 2013 night pass
Calabogie: 2 lift tickets
Bleue Spa: 2 passes
Local Heroes: $25 gift certificate
Kunstadt Sports: Gift Certificates, hats, toques
Go out and support our sponsors. Tell them you’re with the Ottawa Masters!
So that was one month ago, I haven’t race again and the Final is tomorrow Saturday. It should be a blast.
Datalog as a photographer and staying for the après-ski presentations:
So that was last month…coming up tomorrow is the Finals. Here is the final word…
The Finals: March 17, 2012
Listen up, important info to follow! So pay attention OK?
The good news: Race is ON!
The bad news: It ain’t gonna be pretty!
The weather has been great. If you like mush. I don’t have to tell you it’s been a challenging week, all you need to do is look out the window. We have been talking daily with Cascades and they are committed to pulling off the finals for us tomorrow. They will be pushing snow around from the competition side on to the exhibition side to ensure we have a track.
Renee and I went shopping last night at Kunstadt Sports for finals prizes. We have 40, almost $3000 worth of, prizes to give away! Don’t let the weather keep you away.
Some of the swag on the table you’ll see is:
o Pro Waxing Iron
o Cycling shorts
o Ski Tuning equipment
o Boot Dryers
o Uvex Team Canada Helmet – Worth $220
o Kunstadt Calabogie racing bike- worth $750 !!!
Thanks to Eric, Ron and Peter for their most excellent support!
There will be free lunch and beer for members in good standing.
Lunch is $10 for non-members racing, $15 for spouses non-racing (includes a beer too)
There will be munchies at the party afterwords!
The Finals Schedule
Registration in the Exhibition Lodge.
Registration: Day of Race starts at 8:15 AM
insp 8:30 – 9:15am
first run 9:30
sec run 10:30
lunch 11:30 12:30
SL (set by 12:30)
insp 12:30- 1:00
first run 1:00
2nd run 2:15
Awards Ceremony and party 3:30 in the MAIN LODGE.
Thanks go out to Paul Kondrat who organized these finals. Thanks to Luc and Jamie of Cascades who worked so hard to pull this off.