Following is Terry Roper’s write-up about the Silver Streaks Challenge Cup Race, held here at Waterville Valley on Wednesday, March 2.
Flurries greeted the 61 racers who arrived at Waterville Valley for the annual Challenge Cup Race hosted by the Silver Streaks.
Silver Streaks volunteers Fran Fernandes, Janet Carlisle, Laurie Pichnarcik, Bette Beauregard and Natalie Thompson expeditiously registered all the racers.
The snowfall got a little heavier once the racers approached the start of the race, which began at the longer Giant Slalom start on Tommy’s World Cup slope. But, all went smoothly due to the great course set by Ed McLennan and Fran. The order of racers was controlled by volunteer hill coordinators John Palmieri and Kim Byrd. Things got rutty by the second run, but everyone had the opportunity to do their best on the challenging course. By 2 p.m. everyone was ready to party and headed up to Buckets for some Coors Light served by bartender Eddie and great food prepared by John in the cafeteria and arranged by manager Hollie Jones. Waterville Valley Resort’s new president, Bob Fries, spoke to the group about the beginnings of the Silver Streaks program, and director of skiing, Josef Jung, began the awards presentation with his famous yodel.
Fastest Woman: Joan Hannah (71 yrs.) from Loon Mtn.
Fastest Man: Chuck Thorndike (65 yrs.) from Gunstock.
NOTE: These two winners had the fastest runs (not using handicapping) AND they were not the youngest in the race. Once again, experience wins over youth!
1st Gunstock, 2nd Cannon, 3rd Waterville Valley, 4th Okemo, 5th Loon
1st: Shirley Ziebarth – Waterville Valley
1st: Joan Hannah – Loon
2nd: Birdie Britton – Waterville Valley
3rd: Carol Sweeney – Okemo
1st: Nancy Halfman – Gunstock
2nd: Mary Lou Morell – Okemo
3rd: Barbara Favale – Okemo
1st: Joni Gilbert – Gunstock
2nd: Michelle Bunker – Cannon
3rd: Linda Pilliad – Gunstock
1st: Paul Rich – Gunstock
2nd: Dick Calvert – Waterville Valley
3rd: George McNeil – Cannon
1st: David Britton – Waterville Valley
2nd: Steve Roeder – Gunstock
3rd: Andre Berclaz – Okemo
1st: Chuck Thorndike – Gunstock
2nd: Charlie Chandler – Cannon
3rd: Bob Morris – Gunstock
1st: Bradford Daland – Cannon
2nd: Chris Slade – Okemo
3rd: David Justice – Gunstock