March 20, 2008 For Immediate Release
Timberline Four Seasons Resort will sponsor their traditional Local’s Cup Race April 5-6, 2008. The weekend will also offer live entertainment and food and beverage specials at the Fireside Grill and Timber’s Pub.
The Local’s Cup was started in 1991 by the Timberline race department. It is a Giant Slalom Ski Race that is open to alpine, telemark, and snowboard participants. Timberline has become recognized in the Southeast because of its altitude 4268’, north facing slopes, and its location on the Eastern Continental Divide.
According to John Lutz, Director of Programs and Events at Timberline, the Cup has been won by racers from most of the southern states as well as Timberline skiers who challenge any other racers to try to beat them. The overall winners have their name engraved on a permanent trophy. There are age categories for alpine and prizes for all ages and divisions. The prizes are donated by Tucker County businesses.
Tim Worden, Timberline’s race director, reports that the 2007-2008 racing season has been a successful and busy one at Timberline. The Southern Alpine Racing Association (SARA) races at Timberline annually. This major event attracts skiers from Pennsylvania to Georgia. SARA is a division of the United States Ski Association which holds competitive events around the United States every year. It is the winners of these events who are then selected for the US Olympic Team.
According to General Manager Tom Blanzy, the newly widened White Lightning Trail at Timberline has produced a high level of excitement among skiers from the general public as well as the racing communities. And Timberline has also created excitement by its major increases in water pumping and snow guns, the recent addition of a major trail, Twister, a newly opened surface lift at its terrain park and rapidly expanding entertainment food and beverage service.
The resort has also recently begun construction of its upscale hotel slope front on its Winterset trail, according to Tom Blanzy.
John Lutz indicated that it is unique for the southeastern ski area to have a racing trail of the caliber of White Lightning. With its new expansion high speed races can be done at Timberline. Lutz rates White Lightning as the best ski racing trail in the Southeast.
For more information contact:
1-800-SNOWING or www.timberlineresort.com