Brownsville, VT Feb. 23, 2004 -- Continuing to plug away and make us believe it's here to stay, the second annual New England Powder 8 Championships will showcase some of the best technical skiers in the country February 26th and 27th, 2004 at Jay Peak resort, long known for its profusion of the white stuff.
For the uninitiated, powder 8 competitions set pairs of skiers against one another in head to head competition, where they are judged on their technical skiing, turn symmetry, synchronicity and, most importantly, the quality and shape of the "8s they create with their tracks. Quite simply, long, narrow turns are "bad and will earn a team a quick trip home (more details below).
In just its second year, the event is expected to draw a host of top western teams, among them Troy Nedved & Nick Herrin of Big Sky, Montana, the 2003 National Champions, Jim Schanzenbaker (national demo team) & Andy Docken of Aspen, the 2002 National Champions, Palo Razus & Fred Fortier, 4th at the 2004 World Championships and Josh Lautenberg & Nina Oqvist, winners of the 2002 New England Powder 8 Championships.
Supplementing this group of western veterans will be eastern teams from such well known resorts as Okemo, Killington, Stowe and Jay Peak.
One aspect of this event which is endearing is the fact that it is open to any team of two skiers willing to drop spend the $125 required to enter and test their skills against the best in the business. When was the last time you got to tee it up with Tiger or play basketball with Michael? Here, you may not survive past the one run qualifier, but at least you will be able to say you tried.
What is a powder 8 competition?
Teams of two skiers each, skiing in synch at high speeds, the second skier acting as the mirror image of the front skier, as they attempt to create perfect round "8s in the snow.
The skiers are judged on their teamwork, the shape of their turns, their technical skiing ability, synchronicity and speed. In the qualifier, which is open to any team on skis who would like to enter, each team will take one run, one team at a time. When all teams have been scored, the top 16 teams move on to the round robin, head to head, competition, seeded into four pools of four teams each based upon their qualifier score.
In the round robins part of the competition, the teams ski head to head against the other three teams in their pool, skiing three runs each. After these runs have been completed, the first place team in each pool, along with the next 4 highest scoring teams, regardless of pool, advance to the single elimination finals on the second day of the event.
In the finals, the top 8 teams square off in single elimination runs, with the top seeded team facing the 8th seeded team, 2 v. 7, 3 v. 6, 4 v. 5, with the winners of each run advancing. There are a total of 8 runs in the finals. The first 4 runs, then the remaining four teams face off in 2 more runs, then there is a consolation between the 3rd and 4th teams, and a final run between the 1st and 2nd teams for the title.
Team training 9 — 3:30. No Teams are permitted to ski the event venue and are subject to disqualification for any attempt to do so.
6:30 pm: Judge's Meeting
7:00 pm: Competitor's Meeting/Registration
Approximately 7 or 8 pm, all teams will attend a competitors meeting where they will either register (latecomers) or confirm registration (pre — paid) in addition to signing liability waivers. At this meeting we will go over basic rules and schedules and offer some limited beer and light "munchies, expecting that a number of the skiers will then want to order dinner for themselves. Note: the judges will meet approximately 90 minutes before the competitors meeting and the event staff and volunteers will be expected to be at that meeting to go over last minute details.TThursday, 2/26/04
Qualifier: 9:30 am
Round Robin: 11:00 or 12:00
4:30 pm: Judge's Meeting
Judges meeting at 4:30, followed by a video viewing and the announcing of the round robin results. We would like to again offer beer and light munchies
5:30 pm: Competitor's Meeting/ Results of Round Robins/Video Friday, 2/27/04Judges Meeting at approx. 3;30, followed by the announcing of the final results, awarding of all prizes and video viewing. Then on to the pasta dinner ($10.00/person).