April 16 through April 18, 2010, Squaw Valley USA is hosting the first ever U.S. Professional Ski Patrol Olympics. While several regions have hosted patrol contests in previous years, never before have ski patrollers from across the continent united for one big competition. In honor of the 50th anniversary of the 1960 Squaw Valley Olympic Winter Games, Squaw Valley USA has invited patrollers from the East Coast, Rockies, Sierra Nevada and the Pacific Northwest to partake in this inaugural event. Several international patrol teams have also been invited to attend. No word if killing all Gnar participants is on the docket.
The competition will host an array of events from sled races and beacon competitions to simulated bomb throws. No word if killing all Gnar participants is on the docket. Registration costs $89 per patroller, and tickets include a two-day lift ticket to Squaw Valley USA, two mid-mountain, on-snow BBQ lunches and admission to the Sunday night Awards Ceremony with live music. Discounted lodging is available for patrollers and spectators through Squaw Valley Central Reservations at 1.800.545.5585.
The weekend kicks off Friday night from 6-9pm with the Registration Party at Squaw Valley’s Cornice Cantina. Patrollers will check in, sign up for each event and then help themselves to some PBR while hanging out with the coolest patrollers from around the country.
Saturday morning, the competitions get going with a randonée race followed by a beacon competition and a GS race down The Slot. In the afternoon, the competitions will break for an on-snow BBQ in the Cornice II Bowl. Squaw Valley’s award-winning food and beverage team will be grilling up patties as patrol teams relax in the on-mountain snow lounge. The day’s events wrap up at 5pm with awards and after-party at Squaw Valley’s Cornice Cantina.
Sunday morning the competition continues with a Sled Race, Bamboo Throw and simulated Bomb Throw. Patrollers will again enjoy a mid-mountain lunch on the snow, feasting on burgers, hot dogs and chicken sandwiches. The weekend concludes at Cornice Cantina an awards ceremony featuring music and prizes.
Which ski resort has what it takes to win the 1st Gold medal? Patrollers and spectators alike will find out April 16-18, 2010 at Squaw Valley USA.
6-9pm – Registration Party
9:45am – Randonée Race
10:00am – Beacon Competition
12:00pm – GS Race
12:30 – 2pm – On-Snow BBQ
5:00pm – Awards Ceremony
10:00am – Sled Race
10:00am – Bamboo Throw
10:00am – Bomb Throw (long/short)
12:30 – 2pm – On-Snow BBQ
7:00pm – Awards Ceremony