By Nathan Ham
The 2022 Sugar Mountain Adult Racing League’s 16th season got off to a good start on Monday night for the first race of the 2022 season with plenty of familiar faces but also some new faces to the race league. The season opener took place on the Big Birch slope.
“Everybody was excited to get out there and see everyone. We had a good turnout, the snow was great and the course was pretty fast,” said Matt Leonard at Ski Country Sports in Banner Elk. “That was my first time skiing this season and I think that was the cast for a few people. It was fun to get out there and ski with everybody. We had some new people out there so it was nice to have some new people involved.”
This season marked the return of the postrace meal and drinks at the resort lounge, something that racers did not get to participate in last year due to COVID-19 protocols. Keith Lane and the Sugar Mountain foodservice crew prepared the postrace meal Monday night.
Leonard also wanted to extend a special thanks to the race crew that helped make the experience as smooth as possible.
“It’s a lot of work that they put in doing the timing and keeping up with all the points,” he said.
Each team competes with six to eight racers and the times of the top four finishers on each team count towards the team score for that night.
1. Team Sugar 19
2. Ski Country A 19
3. Banner Elk Cafe 16
4. Polar Bears 8
5. Good Ole Boys 11
6. Sugar Bears 6
1. The Tavern 17
2. Team Southeast 13
3. Extreme 9
Pictures from race night – January 10. 2022