Wednesday was a tale of two hills. On the Meister Hill, Kevin Hamlin set a turny, technical course and over on The Comp Slope Phil Haynes let you rock and roll with a fast and Smooth Super-G to get ready for next week's Jessie Lyman Downhill. The weather turned quicker than the course this week, starting off with snow squalls in the morning and eventually clearing up after 11 a.m.
The grooming staff made an excellent recovery after last week's adverse weather on Tuesday night, and the racing surface was perfect. The New@2 option was popular again this week and as Sean Doucette put it, the Blue Course was "more forgiving" in the afternoon, because it was never scraped down to the hardpacked layer.
Ace Tarberry maintained his hold on the top of the podium with a 28.80 time, besting more than 330 racers. Tim Simoneau regained his form and closed the gap on Ace, to finish second, with a 29.09 time. No other racers could break the 30 second mark. The always slinky Stefan Karnopp finished third overall.
For the women, Maggie Flynn took an early run on Yellow and maintained the lead all day, besting most of the men with 31.66; until 5:45 p.m. when Hillary McCloy took the last run of the day to take the win with 30.15. Amber McPherson was third with 31.76. The top snowboarder was Matty Burkett with 40.91 and the top Telemark was Paul Robert with 40.23.
Week six of Meister is the Jessie Lyman Downhill, the Gibson Cup Super-G, and the mid-season party with drawings, food, music. Don't miss it. We have Meister Clinics this week on Sunday from 12:30-3:30 p.m. and Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
A few of our Meisters have had their season cut short by unfortunate injuries, including Harry Mann and Gary Romano of the Red Parka Sizzlers and Kathy Baltz of the Mountain Mama's. We want to wish them a speedy recovery and to send our thoughts to Tom Eastman and longtime Meister Crew member Eric Stiffe who are recovering from.
As a reminder, if your team is not full, you can still add to it. If a racer is injured and out for the season, you can replace them.