By Courtney Fowler, Staff Reporter
Recently, the UMF Ski Team and Skiing and Outing Club (SOC) joined together to host a Dual Slalom Fun Race at Titcomb Mountain in Farmington.
With the sun high in the sky and excitement in the air, twelve teams joined at the mountain to benefit both the Ski Team and SOC. Each team consisted of five people, requiring one to be a snowboarder, one to be a girl, and one to be a faculty member or older member of the community.
“The event was a huge success,” said UMF ski coach Scott Hoisington. “60 students showed up to race and many friends were there too. This was much more than expected.”
Being a dual slalom race, teams took turns racing side by side. Teams were not timed, but instead, had to win three consecutive races to be crowned the winners. Along with the race, many teams participated in the costume contest as well.
“Everyone had such cool costumes,” said Andrew McCabe, UMF junior and ski racer. “We decided to dress up like gapers – people who aren’t that good at skiing. We wore jeans, flannels, and grey helmets. Clearly not the most typical ski attire.”
From rainbow tutus to tuxedo racing suits, teams sped down the mountain in their most creative outfits. The winning team of the costume contest dressed as farm animals.
“The event got A LOT of hype,” said Ski Team Captian Bill Asbell. “Skiing has a deep history at UMF and it’s always good to get some publicity.”
In addition to the racers and friends who came to watch, many community members who were at Titcomb stopped to watch the event. Kids cheered and watched in awe as skiers and snowboarders dodged the gates and raced to the finish.
“Overall, the race was by far the most fun day I’ve ever had at Titcomb,” said McCabe. “I’ve never seen the entire ski and snowboard community come together like that at one time.”
As for Hoisington, he also agreed that the sense of community was the most important aspect of the event. “We wanted to keep the entry fee low to encourage participation. We even paid for lift tickets for guests who showed up. It wasn’t really about raising money, it was about raising awareness about the ski team and how much fun we have.”
From the music playing outside the lodge, racers falling and jumping up with smiles, to the constant cheering and chatter, it was clear everyone who attended enjoyed the race. The Ski Team and SOC plan to make it an annual event.
“I would do this every week if I could!” said McCabe. “I loved my team and love the entire skiing and snowboarding community. We’re basically one big happy family.”