Ski and Racing Information
Use of Ski Lifts
Your Celebrity Ski package includes a Vail lift pass good for up to three days between February 28th and March 2th. Please be sure to sign the skier responsibility release form that will be available to you when you check in. Everyone who holds and uses the lift pass at Vail acknowledges that skiing can be hazardous and assumes responsibility to ski under control at all times. Be aware that natural and man-made obstacles may exist. Weather and snow conditions can change, and snow making or grooming may be in progress while skiing. Any misconduct or nuisance will result in revocation of the lift pass.
The bibs you will need for the races will be distributed at registration. Please wear it during Race Clinics and all Qualifying Races. You’ll need your race bib again for the Team Races on Saturday morning.
Free Race Clinics
Here’s a great chance to pick up some tips on running gates from skiing champions Wayne Wong and Billy Kidd. They’ll give you pointers on how to shave a second or two off your race time. Remember, clinics start at 9:00 a.m. on Friday at the Black Forest Race Arena.
You must participate in the Qualifying Race during your designated time slot Friday at the Black Forest Race Arena. The course will be open between 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. You will only be allowed one ski run. You will ski on either the red course or the blue course.
All Bibs #101-225 :: 11:00 a.m. - 12 noon
All Celebrities and Bibs #1-100 :: 12 noon - 12:30 p.m.
All Bibs #226-350 :: 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
If you miss your ski run, you will have a second chance to race between 2:00 and 2:30 p.m. Your qualifying run will be timed by members of the Vail Resort Race Services. This time will then be used to compute your handicap factor and team assignment. It’s important to wear your race bib in the Qualifying Race. The course will remain open for practice runs after the Qualifying Races.
The Vail pacesetter has a handicap set by skiing against NASTAR’s national pacesetter. “Par Time” is the theoretical time a national pacesetter would have run, had they actually raced the Celebrity Ski course. “Par Time” is determined by dividing the pacesetter’s time by his or her handicap. Vail Resort Race Services will establish this “Par Time” by running both courses. When you run it, your time is divided by this time to determine your personal handicap.
To assign you to a team for Saturday’s Celebrity Ski race, you must have received a handicap on Friday. Celebrity Captains or Co-captains are pre-selected and the rest of the team is assigned by computer to achieve a balanced and competitive field. Team assignments will be announced at the International Buffet Banquet on Friday night.
Celebrity Ski Team Races
The Celebrity Ski Team Race is a single-run, dual giant slalom event, handicapped similarly to the NASTAR format. Because of its single-run nature, scores are adjusted to account for differences between the red and blue courses. The Celebrity Ski Team Race will take place at the Black Forest Race Arena. It starts promptly at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday.
Team and Individual Photos
All winning teams will receive a team plaque with a photo of their Celebrity Team. Your team and individual photos will be taken before your team races at the top of the race course, in front of the large AA balloon. Complimentary prints of your photos will be available for pick-up outside the ballroom on Saturday evening.