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    NASTAR Nationals Diary 2017

    Tuesday, January 22ndThirteen years after my first Nationals at Park City I'm back. In 2004 the sponsor was Jeep and the racer classifications were Recreational and Expert. I managed to get myself placed in the Expert Division that year and wound up near the bottom of the pack. Since then I've competed every year but 2007 (broken ribs and pneumonia) and 2014 (broken leg but I attended anyhow as a photographer). The biggest thrill came in 2008 when I became the first racer to win my age group in both skiing and boarding. In all I've won my age group in boarding ten times. Several years ago I began posting an online diary so here's this year's entry.

    My racing participation this year will be limited. On February 26th I got clotheslined in the mouth with a rope stretched across a trail. Skiing into the sun I didn't see it. I was out cold for a few minutes before waking up with a concussion and broken collarbone. It's too risky to be hitting gates so the skis stayed home. Since I'll be racing unopposed in snowboarding, I did bring a board with the thought of making one run each on Thursday and Friday. If that goes well, I may make one run on the board in the Family Race on Saturday with my son-in-law and three oldest grandsons.Best of luck to everyone this year!

    That's it for now. I plan to create a Flickr or Google Photo album but for the meantime, here's a link to a Facebook album: https://www.facebook.com/gymnast46/m...3025012&type=3
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    Hello Patrick. This thread has been pinned to the top of the category.


    I'll come over to Ski Times Square this afternoon to find you.

    For those not attending, WOW is the snow soft. I've been to a lot of these Championships over the years. Park City, due to lower altitudes had trouble holding snow. The courses were soft and rutted. But these next 2-3 days could prove real interesting?

    The warm weather has wiped out most all of the snow under the lifts and there's a lot of dirt visible.

    We race at 9:30AM tomorrow and I trust the snow will firm up overnight and in conversation with Sean from the Steamboat race dept, they'll salt for firmness. The great Olympian and Poet-Lauret, Dr. A.J. Kitt always says: "Bear, ski racing is an outdoor sport".

    Let's do this............ :o)
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    Here's a shot looking up to the start shack for Upper All Out.


    Full length shot looking uphill on Upper All Out
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    View of See Ya - site of Saturday's Race of Champions and Kevin Höchstel (hope I spelled that right) and Fuxi outside Fuxi's store near Check-In.

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    "When you're over the hill, you pick up speed!"
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    Thursday, January 24

    Today was a test. It hasn't been quite a month since the collarbone break and I had some trepidations about hopping on my alpine race snowboard. The doctor strongly advised against it but I felt I could make a lazy run without risk. I wanted to watch my son-in-law race on Lower All Out but the descent between that course and See Me was steep and icy. I did the entire descent in a heelside slip and managed to get down without mishap. The son-in-law shaved 0.6 seconds off his first run and is sitting in fifth place in a very competitive Gold Division. He stayed at Upper All Out to watch my nine-year old grandson finish the day in 2nd place.

    I headed for Lower Bashor to watch the two younger grandsons race. The seven-year-old is in first place and the four-year old is in second place skiing and first place snowboarding.It was then my turn to race on my board. Happily I got down okay although you could have timed me with a calendar.

    The pacesetter was Casey Puckett and I can tell you that he has lost none of the speed that took him to five Olympics. I created thise timelapse photo of Casey.

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    Friday March 24

    Epic Day! My son-in-law finished in fifth place on a tough course with a strong field. In the afternoon the three grandsons raced with good results: Nine-year-old Ryan took 2nd, seven-year-old Archie took 2nd, and Lauchie who had just turned five became only the fourth racer in NASTAR history to win his age group in both skiing and snowboarding! I managed to make it down the course without incident and picked up my 11th age group title in snowboarding.

    Here are shots of Lauchie with AJ Kitt, and the three boys and me with Marco Sullivan



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    "When you're over the hill, you pick up speed!"
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    "If you're not living on the edge, you're taking up too much room"
    "When you're over the hill, you pick up speed!"
    NASTAR# MOO95 Ski Race Record
    NASTAR# MOO2023 Snowboard Race Record

    SuburbanSkiAndBike.com
    GoldenYearsGeek.com
    pat-moore.artistwebsites.com


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    NASTAR's own Todd Loeper and JT Bear!

    "If you're not living on the edge, you're taking up too much room"
    "When you're over the hill, you pick up speed!"
    NASTAR# MOO95 Ski Race Record
    NASTAR# MOO2023 Snowboard Race Record

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    Saturday, March 25th

    Race of Champions and Team Races. Son-in-law John took five-year-old Lauchie to the start of the See Me Trail for the Race of Champions. He opted to enter as a skier and skip the snowboard race so he didn't have to change boots twice before the Family Race. He had a spill early in the race but popped up fast and was on the podium for a brief time.

    More photos have been added to the Flickr album: https://www.flickr.com/photos/153117...57681812150665

    Penny and I rented snowshoes and took the bus to the base of the Thunderhead lift to hike to the start of the Team Races which saw a huge turnout. Friends raced on Upper Bashor and Families on Lower Bashor. I think originally the families were going to be scored based on one, two, or three generations but instead it was done based on two, three, or four (or more) person teams. The pacesetters ran the Lower Bashor course in the mid fifteen second times. John recorded a 16.97 in the first run, one of the fastest times of the day. He had done very little racing in the past five years but is regaining his form. See composite photo below. Lauchie, Archie, and Ryan all had very good runs on both courses and the team "3 Generations" finished in ninth.



    I had won a new Session 5 GoPro a few weeks ago so I gave Archie one of my older ones. He videoed the family as they cruised the mountain for the rest of the day and even got some good footage under the lights for night skiing. After a full day of skiing on Sunday they'll head back to Calgary stopping to ski at Jackson Hole and a few other places. My daughter will be running a NASTAR course for the first time and may join the 3 Generations team next year!

    I have no insight as to where the event will be held next year but I'll definitely be there. I'd like to give a shoutout to Bill Madsen, Geoff Elder of Global Reach Sports, Todd Loeper, Kari Hoyt, our terrific pacesetters AJ Kitt, Marco Sullivan, and Casey Puckett and all the dedicated staff who put together this incredible event.

    Feel free to share your experiences. See you next year!
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    "When you're over the hill, you pick up speed!"
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