The 2013/2014 Nastar Regional Pacesetting Trials come to a close this week at Cranmore Mountain Resort in New Hampshire. Cranmore has a historic legacy in New England; it was one of the first ski resorts in the region, and it was one of only two resorts in the United States to install a "skimobile." A skimobile was a different type of ski lift in which riders sat in carts on a track and rode up the hill.
Read more on Cranmore's history here.
Winter Skimobile at Cranmore, NH
At the pacesetting trials on January 13, 2014, the negative temperatures disappeared into the Atlantic and rain became a hot topic as warm water hit the East hard. Cranmore managed the weather well as the rain gave way to blue sky and colder temps and the resort provided perfect racing conditions. The surface was a little slippery but the Eastern skiers are at home on ice and the competition was fierce. The field was the largest seen at any of the trials with more than 70 entrants.
NASTAR Pacesetter AJ Kitt at the startgates
The men's race was won by Ben Drummond and his wife Heather won the ladies race which propelled Mount Sunapee to the team win. Ben and Heather scored a maximum 10 points for the team and Jill Firstbrook was the third member of the team and all three team members scored 10 points for a perfect score. This was the first time in the history of the pacesetting trials that a team recorded a team medal point average of 10.
Mount Sunapee was the winning team at Cranmore