WENATCHEE — The ski racing season begins in earnest Monday and Tuesday when the first Northwest Cup race unfolds at Mission Ridge Ski & Board Resort.
About 125 skiers from around the Pacific Northwest — aged 15 to 21 — are expected to take part in the two days of slalom racing on the Tumwater run at the Ridge. That number includes about 25 members of the host Mission Ridge Ski Team.
Among the entrants will be two U.S. Ski Team members who still ski under the Mission Ridge banner: Brooke Wales and Colby Granstrom.
The event is sanctioned by the International Ski Federation (FIS).
Ryan Shorter, Mission Ridge Ski Team director, said it’s the first time the ski area has hosted the initial race of the Northwest Cup series since he took over the program in 2006. The Ridge also will be the site of the Northwest Cup Finals from March 30-April 1.
“We got it because of our snowmaking,” Shorter said. “We’re the only resort that has reliable snowmaking and reliable temperatures (in December),” he said.
Racing will start at 9:30 a.m. each day and will run until about 3 p.m.