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U.S. Ski Team Select event in trouble

Insufficient snow and a water line break has cast some uncertainy on whether Squaw Valley will host the U.S. Freestyle Selection event next week.

The weeklong event kicks off with the first of four mogul competitions on Monday on Red Dog course. However, the bottom of Red Dog has a shortage of snow cover, emphasizing the need for additional snowfall or manmade snow.

Tuesday’s snowshowers helped, but a snowmaking line water break for Red Dog hindered crews from providing additional snow cover for the course.

“We were trying to get the break repaired (Tuesday morning),” said Far West Chairman Lou Basile, who has spearheaded the division’s efforts to host the event. “If the snowmaking is back on track, we’ll be trying to make snow like crazy Tuesday and Wednesday to fill in the bottom of the course.”

Raymond DeVre, director of freestyle skiing at Squaw and the chief of course design, expected snowmaking to resume on Tuesday night, with the resort chipping in additional snow guns to give the course a recommended 2 to 3 feet of cover.

“Squaw Valley is doing everything it can to make this event happen,” DeVre said. “Hopefully it will go off and we’ll be looking at a great event next week.

“What’s happening is the work is condensing into a short timeframe to get everything done. But when the going gets tough, the tough get going.”

If Squaw had hosted the event in any of the previous five seasons, snow cover wouldn’t have even been a remote concern.

“It’s unbelievable. We’ve just had unseasonably warm weather during the daytime and that really prevents us from making snow,” said Basile, whose son, Tony, who finished third at last year’s nationals, is in the moguls field.

Competition begins at 10:30 a.m. each day and is expected to conclude by 3 p.m. Viewing is free to the public.

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