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RATS Series no longer in the dark

After 15 years of ski and snowboard racing under the lights, Heavenly’s Recreational Amateur Team Series returns to a daytime schedule.

Sticking with the retro theme, race start times and formats will also return to how they were done a decade ago.

“We felt it was time to make a change,” said Ed Oliver, RATS coordinator. “After polling last year’s competitors, it was pretty clear that everyone was looking forward to moving back to the original daytime format.”

RATS racing is open to anyone who enjoys challenging their skiing or snowboarding against the clock. Teams consist of five skiers or snowboarders and an alternate. Each team must have one member of the opposite sex. Teams compete weekly for six weeks in two divisions: pro and amateur. All races take place on Heavenly Ski Resort’s World Cup Run.

This season, racing starts at noon, as it did originally. Competitors will be allowed to take their two-race runs anytime throughout the afternoon until 3:30 p.m. The weekly events will rotate from a slalom course to a giant slalom course.

Following each race, competitors are welcome to meet at Marie Callender’s for an apres-race awards party, view the day’s race video and enjoy appetizer specials.

The first race is set for Feb. 13. Sign-ups are being accepted at the Heavenly Race Department office. The cost for a five-member team is $400 and includes skiing and riding on World Cup during the race. For more information, phone (775) 586-7000, ext. 6204.

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