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Junior skiers from across the region converge upon the High Country for the annual High
Country Junior Racing Series.
Photo courtesy HCJRS



Originally published: 2012-11-19 20:01:26
Last modified: 2012-11-19 20:01:26

High Country Junior Race Series kicks off 29th season

Jamie Shell / (sports@averyjournal.com)

Youths of varying ages have taken part in High County Junior Race Series for the past 28 years, and this season looks to be another great season of ski racing for multiple age groups.

HCJRS takes place at ski slopes around the High Country, including Beech Mountain, Sugar Mountain and Appalachian Ski Mountain.

The race series is comprised of six events, two races held at each of the three participating slopes, where individual and team awards are given, as well as championship points awarded toward crowning individual and team overall season champions.

Each year, Sugar Mountain Resort, Beech Mountain Resort and Appalachian Ski Mountain/French-Swiss Ski College (Hawksnest Resort fielded a team until it changed to an all snow-tubing resort) field teams looking to capture valuable points and championship glory. 

Teams compete in January and February in six races, two races at each resort, with the final race serving as the championship event. At each race, medals are awarded to the top three finishers among the boys and girls in each age group. Cumulative points are awarded to each racer and carry over from each race to the championships, where trophies are also awarded to racers with the most points for the season. There is also a team trophy awarded to the team from the ski area with the most points for the season. Participants are accepted at all skill levels, but need to be able to ski down a mountain by themselves without assistance.

Participants living both within the High Country and outside the region converge to race in the series. A combined total of almost 400 racers compete each season, with the number of race-day competitors varying from event to event. Races are separated by both age and gender, ensuring competitive balance.

Each team has its own set of criteria when it comes to taking part in the series, but every racer must be affiliated by registering with his or her team, often at the slope in closest proximity to home. 

The ski teams operate independently from the slope they call home, but work with the facilities to offer discounted season passes to those who are representing the ski location through HCJRS. 

Teams encourage skiers to pay a team membership fee, which covers access to the slope, in addition to practice time with skilled coaches and the option of purchasing a discounted season pass to maximize the experience of being a member.

Practice times and membership fees vary from team to team. Registration for the 2013 HCJRS is offered now through December. Interested racers register at the resort at which their team is based, either before the end of the 2011-12 season or after the resorts’ main offices open for the 2012-13 season. 

For more information, click to http://www.hcjrs.com for links to the respective resorts’ team signups.