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Olympic qualifiers in full swing at Telluride


December 16, 10:04 AMDenver Skiing ExaminerLeah Fielding

Telluride is the only U.S. stop of the LG sponsored FIS —International Ski Federation— Snowboard World Cup and will also host two Olympic qualifiers: the SBX—snowboardcross—and PGS—parallel giant slalom—competition, the second in a series qualification events for the two disciplines.

The events began yesterday, Tuesday, December 15—the PSG qualifier was originally set for Italy was canceled in early December due to lack of snow.

Luckily, Telluride hasn't been having those problems, thanks to cold temperatures, the technology of snowmaking machines and a welcome 17 inches of fresh snow in the last week. The mountain is in excellent early season condition according to Snowmaking and Grooming Manager Ryan Mackey. “Snowmaking is off to one of our best starts in years with the cold weather, and the new snow we have received in the last couple of weeks is a great bonus,” said  Mackey. “Currently we are making snow on Upper Village Bypass, Lower Boomerang into the Mountain Village, Meadows and Lower Misty Maiden (especially for the World Cup).”

Tomorrow, Thursday, December 17 is the PGS qualifiers and finals, followed by the SBX Men’s and Women’s qualifiers on Friday, December 18, which are set to be followed by athlete welcoming, poster signings and a hot chocolate social on Telluride’s Main Street. Saturday, December 19, the SBX final and awards to be held in Mountain Village. Sunday, December 20 concludes the 2009 World Cup with Team SBX finals. An awards ceremony will immediately follow.

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