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Heavenly looking for RATS

Heavenly Ski Resort is repeating its long-popular R.A.T.S. race series this season along with its race training Pole Bangers program.

The R.A.T.S. or Town League Race Series is in its 19th season and kicks of Feb. 3. The Pole Bangers race instruction series began Jan. 20 but is still open to would-be racers.

The R.A.T.S. program runs for six weeks and ends in March. Teams consist of five skiers/snowboarders, one of whom must be of the opposite sex. Teams are divided into three categories, amateur, snowboarders and professionals.

After each race the teams gather in a local establishment for video viewing of the competition, awarding of prizes and fellowship. Prizes, donated by product sponsors, are awarded through a random bib drawing, giving all a chance to win. Special awards go to the top teams and fastest individuals at the end of the season.

Contestants are handicapped, giving all a chance to win.

All races are dual slalom and GS races on the World Cup run starting at 6 p.m. under the lights. Amateur races are on Tuesdays, snowboarders on Wednesdays and professionals on Thursdays.

The Pole Bangers program began Jan. 20 and runs through April 2 on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 10 a.m. to noon on the World Cup run. Training fee for the series is $225 and does not include lift tickets. Walk-on fee is $20 per day.

To sign up for either program, contact Heavenly’s race department at 586-7000, ext, 6208.

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