“This is the most fun I’ve had in months!” exclaimed Nancy Wilson as the Sugarbush Race Club wound up its first social event of the year on Zoom. Nine months of isolation may have set a low bar, but it was great to see everyone. After struggling through all the challenges caused by Covid-19, the club got together for a remote dinner and a social hour on Wednesday, February 10th. Thirty members, with varying levels of computer skill, joined in the Zoom call – sharing news and catching up. Dinner was provided by the Tucker Hill Inn – delicious cauliflower ravioli, salad and flourless chocolate cake to die for. Highlight of the evening was the ravishing couture sported by “Vanna” Wilstein as she drew the weekly raffle gift certificates for Tucker Hill Inn. Many thanks to Social Chairman extraordinaire Dave Goldstein who will be organizing these Zoom dinners weekly for the rest of the season.
While the racing has just begun and Al Pierce is working out a handicap system, the competition is already hot. Fifteen racers turned out for the first event on February 5th*. An early season favorite, Chris Lowenstein beat the next racer, Mike Dixon, by almost 5 seconds. The women were off to a great start. The two female racers, Nicole deFau Lowenstein and Cheryl Brayman came in faster than seven of the 13 men. The course was well set and Will Nye from Sugarbush did a great job coordinating with the club.
Dave Ellison and Rich Jones each claim to have hit the slopes for 60 days which we anticipate should accelerate their racing times. Several members, including Chris and Cheryl Hamm-Ellis are chasing the coveted “slowest racer” prize. On the slopes last week, several members (including Club President Ray Bollerud) excused their performance by claiming that large nuggets of ice had adhered to the bottom of their skis on the lift and Peter Menkes claimed that fog inside his googles was nearly an insurmountable challenge.
In order to help race club members recognize each other and to attract new members to the club, Carol Bosquet has proposed checkered bandanas for us to wear. We will also be getting Sugarbush Race Club stickers to put on our helmets and skis. The next race is Friday, February 12th at 10 am. The club is eager for new members, so anyone who is interested can find out more by exploring this website.
*View Race results at https://sugarbushracingclub.com/racing/