Eric Hays Memorial moved
December 30, 2014
A recent lack of snow in Park City sent Park City Ski Team athletes north in search of decent racing conditions two weekends ago.
On a weekend that was supposed to see the Eric Hays Memorial come to Park City Mountain Resort, the P.C. skiers had to travel to Jackson Hole for four USSA Open races instead.
Though it was tough to cancel the Memorial races, Park City Ski Team Director Jesse Hunt said he was just glad his athletes were able to get on the snow somewhere.
"At least our kids had a chance to race in that period before Christmas," he said. "We’re just glad someone in our region was able to host a race."
That said, Hunt added it wasn’t an easy decision to cancel a race that has become a Park City tradition.
"It’s the first time since it’s inception that it’s been canceled," he said. "And it’s over 30 years old."
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The Jackson Hole races that took the place of the Eric Hays Memorial went by the name USSA Open.
"We kept the Memorial name here in Park City," Hunt said. "The USSA race went up there, but we’re keeping the name in Park City."
With a busy season still scheduled in Park City, Hunt said the recent snowfall has gotten things back to where they need to be.
"It was a tough start, but we’re rolling now," he said. "Temperatures weren’t exactly in our favor early, but the snow and cold temperatures are getting us back on track."
The turnaround will be quick, as the Western Region Elite Tech Series comes to town Jan. 5. That event will feature four giant slalom races at PCMR on the PayDay run.
"Those are some of the top races in the region," Hunt said. "It’s an international race with collegiate competitors. There are a lot of foreign entries from collegiate athletes. We have a really strong field."
For more information on the Park City Ski Team and its season schedule, visit http://www.parkcityskiteam.org.
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