The Carving Cup

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The Carving Cup

Postby John » Fri Dec 05, 2008 8:26 pm

Hey Pat, or anyone else, are you familiar with the Carving Cup? http://www.carvingcup.com/

One of the local hills around here is having one of these events on the 14th:

http://www.buckhill.com/winter/carvingcup.shtml
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Carving Cup

Postby patmoore » Sat Dec 06, 2008 1:08 pm

Yep.

I ran a Carving Cup competition at Sugarbush a few years ago as a demo event for our winter carnival. It's really a fun event and it even has FIS sanctioning.

Instead of traditional gates, you use something that looks like a fat Frisbee and you have a choice or three different color ones with the outer ones having the highest degree of difficulty. There is a mathematical calculation that take into account time and difficulty to determine the winner.

We ran the competition with skiers and boarders on the same course. The boarders were at a disadvantage because there was nothing to push off with at the start. The skiers were able to skate. The only stipulation was that skiers couldn't use poles. BTW, the winner was a skier who ran the inside "gates".

Here's a sample photo from an FIS event.

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