The Hochgebirge Challenge began in 1931, running continuously except for a few years because of war and lack of snow, and is recognized as the longest running team event in the US. The race has been an Olympic qualifier event, a National Championship, a National Championship qualifier event, and most recently, the qualifier for the Masters National Championship. The trophy is spectacular and makes you want to kiss it just like the Stanley Cup.
With 17 races for the 2023 season, New England Masters provided ample opportunities to capture great pictures of their racers at top venues – visit the show!
West Mountain was the scene for GS and Slalom races by the Mid-Atlantic Masters Ski Racing on February 18 and 19 with an icy track as the strange winter continues. Matt Dodge claimed the title of fastest man on the mountain in both disciplines.
In a challenging season for ski racing, Stratton Mountain was the scene for the 2023 Masters Eastern Regionals from January 25 to 28, 2023. Friday’s scene was set for the Slalom Championships with Giacomo Migliori taking first overall, a feat he would accomplish in Saturday’s GS Championship as well. Jason Beland came in second at +0.82, followed by Bastien Martini in third at+1.00. Alexandra Mitchell finished first for women and fourth overall. Maggie Sellar came in second at +8.72 and Deborah Adams at +11.29.
For East Coast ski racers, Waterville Valley and Canon Mountain are the places where East Coast ski racing came of age. After a five year hiatus, New England Masters Skiing returned to Waterville for 2 GS races on Friday, Jan. 20th. The races took place on the legendary World Cup trail, an opportunity that drew some of the best Masters skiers in the region. On Saturday, Jan. 21st, Masters moved to Canon Mountain for the Hochgebirge Challenge Cup Slalom race, the oldest team ski race in the United States.
Looking to release your inner Mikaela and Kilde and race the ski slopes? New England Masters has a full schedule of Super G, Gs and Slalom races and training throughout the region. Racers from 18 to 100 race by age groups with National Championships in March.
Mikaela Shiffrin returns to Vermont for the Heroic Killington Cup, scheduled for Thanksgiving weekend 2022, and it will be the last chance to see the US Women’s Alpine ski team compete on the East Coast of the US. Next year, the competition moves to Canada’s Mont Tremblant.