Our local area alpine race teams are
in danger of not completing this year's season due to the drought. 168 high school racers who all have been
doing dryland training since November, and paid for their initial dues and
passes, have not been able to race because their home mountain Sierra-At-Tahoe
has not had enough snow to host a race.
Normally our division of eight local high schools conducts a total of 6
races, three in slalom and three in giant slalom, and we have now missed two
scheduled races AND many on-hill practices due to the lack of snow. In fact,
there's been very little necessary on-hill training because the mountain has
not been able to hold race gates. What's
worse is that there's no snow in sight.
The California Nevada Interscholastic Ski and Snowboard
Foundation, CNISSF, has announced that despite the drought, Northstar-At-Tahoe
will be able to conduct State Championships in March. This means that our South 1 Division racers
need to qualify in two slalom races and two giant slalom races. The division coaches have decided that we
need to make this happen. We have
collectively decided that we will attempt to conduct 2 double-header races at
other mountains to at least get our racers qualified. We have scheduled a race at Heavenly for
where we will have two GS races in one day. This race is costing us about $10,000. This race ALONE is using more than all of the
funds that the teams have collected to fund their normal 6 races.
We need your help. We
are going to hold out until February 17th
to hold the last double
header that will fulfill the two SL races needed to qualify racers for
states. We are hoping that some heavy
snow will fall between now and then, but it is unlikely that it will be enough
to have our race at Sierra-At-Tahoe.
This means we need to come up with another $10,000 for the next race and money to practice at the other resorts. On-hill practices are about $1,000 per team. Please help these 168 racers
finish their season. Every little bit
helps and your donation to our South 1 Division may be tax deductible to the extent allowable by law.
We are working on putting together a community service event
to thank the community if we are able to reach our goal. We have proposed doing a Folsom Lake clean-up
or a forest re-plant. We are open to any
suggestions from our supporters.
Thank you for helping these athletes make the most of this
drought season. Your ideas and
insights are greatly appreciated.
SOUTH 1 HIGH SCHOOLS
Amador & Argonaut High Schools, Capital Christian High
School, El Dorado High School, Golden Sierra High School, Oak Ridge High
School, Ponderosa High School, Union Mine High School
Contact Jen for any questions, comments or concerns.