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A blizzard of success

Loritz Cup goes well despite weather, Submitted by Intermountain Masters

Last weekend, the Intermountain Masters held the largest race event of the season. The 7th annual Loritz/Pendleton Jans Cup Race series played out against challenging and fierce weather, but racer perseverance won out in the end.

Two super G races were scheduled for Friday but only one was completed due to afternoon winds gusting up to 60 m.p.h. The SG field was stacked with very fast veteran racers from all over the country, but at the end of the day, it was class 6 Intermountain Masters racer Rick Slabinski who took top overall honors. With a time of 103.06 seconds, Slabinski sealed the deal by mere tenths of a second.

Extremely close behind was second-place challenger Jon Jessup from Park City at 103.82 and third-place Rocky Mountains Masters skier Franz "Fuxi" Fuchsberger at 103.84.

The top overall women honors went to Dana Alexandrescu, the Romanian she-rocket with a time 105.51, faster than most men’s times. Second place went to Jenny Badger with a time of 108.15, followed by Amy Lanzel at 111.66.

Saturday saw a break in storms moving through Park City and provided the only window to complete a race and get two slalom runs in. The Pendleton Saturday Slalom is one of the most popular slalom races held by Intermountain Masters and contenders come in all shapes and forms.

The trophy was presented by Shawna Pendleton, widow of Brett Pendleton, to slalom specialists Craig Norton and Dana Alexandrescu. Both racers skied excellent lines in a turny course set on PayDay run, which left many racers scratching their heads with DNFs (did not finish) race results.

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Other notable racers included exceptional showings by Judy Gooch, Karen Keating and Beth Sarazine all veteran ski racers who have had little training time this winter. And on the men’s side, a tight race battle continues with Tom Kronthaler and Nick Hudson.

Sunday’s weather blew in with high velocity, causing the day’s GS races to be canceled. Under such conditions, it is still the custom to award the Loritz Cup based on age handicapped results from the races that were held. Winners Ellen Hendrickson joyfully took home her first-ever major win along with coach Bobby Skinner, a four-time Loritz Cup trophy winner. Adolph’s restaurant was the host of the final awards party and, as usual, put on an outstanding buffet and perfect presentation atmosphere.

Intermountain Masters wants to thank all our sponsors who make all this possible Jans Mountain Outfitters, Dr. Phil Davidson, Park City Ski Boot, Cofer Chiropractic, and Dominator Wax. For more information on Masters racing, please contact Bill Skinner at bskinner@ussa.org .