Teacup Classic for the Smiles -- Joy's Race Report
[ed. note: For those who haven't yet found this wonderful race, Teacup Snow-Park is on the sunny side of Mount Hood, 30 minutes south of Hood River, and the trails are expertly groomed (follow Teacup Nordic on Instagram for the descriptive, envy-inducing grooming reports!), wide and open and gorgeous and fun and full of surprising, in-your-face views of Mount Hood around almost every corner. The Teacup Classic is two races, 5k and 15k; the 15k race is a big scenic rolling 10k loop followed by the 5k loop, so there isn't a lot of repetition. The race timers hand you a printout of your results (the "pink slip" in Joy's report) literally as soon as you cross the finish line, which is awesome, and after the race there is delicious soup and bread and goodies and awards. This race is SO worth the trip, plus ... Hood River!]
(first photo is Debbie's; the other two are Joy's)
Teacup Classic -- Joy's Race Report
The race started with an ankle bracelet and ended with a pink slip and that wasn't even the most interesting part. We knew the choice of skis and wax would be paramount, with lovely cold fresh snow, temps at night down in the 20s, sunny daytime temps in the 40s, and a race start for the 15k at 11:45 a.m. We're not sure why, on the latter, although it was also Super Bowl Sunday, but that didn't start until after the race.