Ski Challenge News                                                   November 26, 2018

The Musskis - Buck Hill Monday
Welcome Back!

2019 marks the 34th season of Ski Challenge! It looks like it's going to be a great season with the early cool temps and the ski areas churning out snow! We know no matter what, our racers are die-hards! The members of Ski Challenge make our program the success that it is. You are enthusiastic for the sport and can't seem to get enough!

Did you know that Ski Challenge started in 1985 with around 35 people? It has grown to over 1,000 racers. This year we'll have 12 different leagues to choose from for regular season as well as a couple December preseason leagues
Many of our leagues allow ALL AGES to participate. And, we still offer "bonus leagues" for some of our leagues where you can take more than two runs per race.

We've added another day league to our Buck Hill list of leagues. Friday afternoons are available to race on with a team of six. You will also get more than two runs in this league as as it is considered a bonus league.
T-shirt Order - Get your right size!

We will be ordering our T-shirts this Thursday, November 29.  Make sure you get the correct size.  Check out what we have on file by going to ROSTERS.  If you want a different size than is listed or if there isn't a size listed, e-mail us at to get us the correct size!
Registration Information

Individuals can register for both Preseason and/or Regular Season teams.

We still have openings in all of our leagues!  If you are an individual looking to join a new league, let us know and we will find you a spot!

Check out current rosters HERE.


Looking for a way to improve your skiing and lower your handicap?  Go to one of the many clinics and practices offered by Buck Hill, Wild Mountain and The Midwest Masters!  Look below for more information.
Buck Hill

Adult Race Clinics at Buck Hill taught by Buck Hill Race Staff.

Wednesday morning GS Clinics - Starting December 12
NASTAR on Saturdays - Starting January 5

Wild Mountain

Race Training with Anna - Fri mornings starting Dec 7
Women's Race Camp - Saturday, December 8
Men's Race Camp - Sunday, December 30
Mini Race Camp with Anna - Saturday, February 2

                                                       MORE INFO
Midwest Masters

GS & Slalom Training
Monday, Dec 10, 17
Wednesday, Dec 12, 19
7-9 pm.

                                                      MORE INFO

Ski Challenge Pacesetters usually average a 12 handicap or lower.  An e-mail will be sent out in December inviting all racers with a 12 or less for a handicap to our Ski Challenge pacesetting Trials.

Below shows the dates for pacesetting trials.  If you would like to attend either or both of the Ski Challenge trials, follow the link below. 

If you are interested in going to the NASTAR pacesetting trials please let us know so we can get you registered correctly.

Ski Challenge Trials

  • Date:  Wednesday, December 26, 2018
  • Check In:  6 pm Eagle Nest Bar
  • Inspection:  7 pm
  • Race:  7:30 pm
  • Results following Race

  • Date:  Wednesday, January 2, 2019
  • Check in:  6 pm
  • Inspection:  7 pm
  • Race:  7:30 pm
  • Results following Race

Nastar Regional Pacesetting Trials

  • Date:  Friday, December 21, 2018
  • Where:  Granite Peak, WI
  • Check in:  8:30 am

Championships at Giants Ridge

Are set for March 1, 2, and 3, 2019 at Giants Ridge. 

Championships at Giants Ridge is a fun filled weekend of racing which all Ski Challenge teams can participate in.  Championships is not a required weekend, but it's a weekend not to be missed.  Every team is placed in a division with like scoring teams making each division a fun, close competition for all teams.  All team racing takes place on Saturday and Sunday on Innsbruck.

We also have an open Team Race on Friday that takes place on Innsbruck.  Saturday we offer an open Individual Race held on Helsinki (King and Queen of the Hel).  Helsinki is a little steeper, more challenging run, but all are welcome to participate.

We have great prizes to win throughout the weekend at the various events.  We hope to see everyone there!

Lodging at Championships

The Lodge at Giants Ridge - 877-442-6877
1 Bedroom Condo Per Night - $174** Per Night Fri & Sat
2 Bedroom Condo Per Night - $295 Per Night Fri & Sat
3 & 4 Bedroom Condo Per Night - Call for Quote
**Rates are for Parking Lot Side - Hillside 1 Bedroom Premium Rooms are 10% of current rate.

For Thursday and/or Sunday nights - Call for Quote
Reservations need to be made by February 16, 2019 in order to get these rates. You must say you are with The Ski Challenge Block to get rates.

The Villas - 800-843-7434
10% off room rate per night
*Please refer to the Ski Challenge block when booking. Discounts are applied at booking only and must be mentioned.

Other Lodging Options
Go to the Ski Challenge Website under Championships/Lodging and follow the links

Joe's 40th Annual Customer
Appreciation Sale

December 1-2

At Joe's each year our thoughts turn gratefully to those who have helped make our progress possible. May we express our sincere appreciation and extend to you and your family our best wishes for a Happy Holiday Season and invite you to our 40th annual Customer Appreciation Sale!

Special Events

Padraig's Benefit Ski Race
When:  Saturday, February 23, 2019
Where:  Buck Hill
Courage Kenny Cup
When:  Saturday, February 2, 2019
Where:  Trolhaugen Ski Area
NASTAR National Championships
When:  April 3-7, 2019
Where:  Squaw Valley
Captain Information - Submit Rosters and Running Orders!

As a captain, you are responsible for:
  • Filling your team of 10 racers
  • Making sure everyone on your team pays in a timely manner
  • Getting your desired running order in
  • Passing on all rules and information to your team
T-shirts will be ordered on Thursday, November 29.  Make sure your teammates have the sizes they want!

Submit Roster and Running order - Running orders cannot be changed after DECEMBER 15!

Basic Alpine / Snowboard Tuning and Waxing Clinic at Hoigaards

Saturday, December 15, 1pm - 3pm

Learn basic tuning and waxing skills to prep your downhill skis or board for the season. Join Casey Kirt from Fast Wax at Hoigaards for an end to end demonstration of ski and board maintenance. Topics will include selecting the right ski wax, maintaining your edges, and applying a new coat of wax.

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