SMARL Competitors Endure Subzero Temps, See Team Standings & Week 2 Race Results

Published Tuesday, January 19, 2016 at 4:19 pm

These images are from the first week of SMARL at Sugar Mountain Resort.

By Jesse Wood

The second week of SMARL (Sugar Mountain Adult Race League) was held yesterday at Sugar Mountain Resort and nearly 85 percent of the 100 racers in the local beer league came out to ski and snowboard in temperatures that were spiraling to subzero range.

Sean ‘Stumpy’ McKey, who works at Sugar Mountain Resort and is one of the competitors, recalled looking at a temperature gauge at the bottom of Oma’s Meadow and saw it read -1 degrees.

Nonetheless, McKey said all the participants had a blast and he touted the participation rate of about 85 percent of the skiers out during a night when the temperature – not to mention wind chill – was below zero.

“That’s a pretty good number,” McKey said.

While the conditions were hard-packed and fast, it was also windy.

“We had some winds that slowed some skiers down for sure,” McKey said, laughing.

Team Sugar and Banner Elk Café remain atop the standings. Both are tied at 40 points apiece in the skiing category. As for the snowboarding teams, Edge of the World remains in first place with Sugar Ski School and Modern Rustic tied for second place.

See the individual results and team standings for week 2. Also see photos from the first week of SMARL.

Team Standings Week 2


TEAM 12_0089


TEAM 11_0085

Sugar Ski School

TEAM 10_0082

Modern Rustic

TEAM 9_0068

Azucar Amigos

TEAM 8_0057

High Country Tap Room

TEAM 7_0054

Good Ole Boys

TEAM 6_0050

Appalachian Ski Team

TEAM 5a_0090

Edge of the World

TEAM 4_0024

Banner Elk Cafe

TEAM 3_0019

Ski Country D

TEAM 2_0013

Ski Country A

TEAM 1_0007

Team Sugar


Susan Leonard at her post getting the teams lined up and in order for their turn on the course.

SCENE 5_0111

Skier at the starting gate

SCENE 4_0099

Racer on the course

SCENE 3_0077

Snowboarding at the gate

SCENE 2_0063

Racers waiting their turn to race


Mark Russ of Team Ski Country Sports sporting his winter mustache


Chris Austin of Team The Lodge back for another year of racing.



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