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Western Region January Newsletter 2021

By U.S. Ski & Snowboard
January, 22 2021
Western Region Project at Big Sky 2020

The Western Region was able to hold its first set of FIS races in December at Snow King Resort in Jackson Hole WY.  Men and Women’s Slalom were contested successfully.  Based on the  US Ski & Snowboard COVID-19 Alpine Domestic Competitions Guidance, races were conducted with Daily Health Checks before they are allowed to start and Team Captains Meeting online. On hill communications were enhanced using WhatsApp to distribute official meeting documents and improve race organization.  Congratulation to Branko Zagar and the entire Jackson Hole Ski Club team on a race well run.  Official Results can be found HERE

Since we welcomed in the New Year just three weeks ago, Western Region is in the middle of FIS races at Snow King WY, Mt Hood OR, and Mt Bachelor OR. Unfortunately, the FIS races at Alyeska AK had to be postponed.

The Western Region staff along with Divisional leaders have been working on the race calendars and making adjustments as required.  While we are restricted in the number of athletes we are allowed to have at events.  Impacted further by state-mandated travel restrictions, the calendar is the first priory for the Western Region.  Ever-changing and evolving, we are excited that racing is happening in the West.

Hopefully, the next newsletter will be full of races and results from mid-January through February.

We wish everyone the very best racing this season!

Bill Gunesch
Western Region Director

Jeff Pickering
Western Region Junior Coach

Fletcher McDonald
Western Region FIS Coach

Angie Brown
Western Region Manager