The Battle of the SIXES
Class 6 Racers up the competitive
spirit at the 2012 Skiers Edge Masters
National Championships BY BILL MCCOLLOM
The Skier’s Edge Masters National Championships is always a
big deal, but the 2012 edition from March 19 to 23 was even bigger.
Located at the hottest of hotbeds of masters ski racing — Park City,
Utah — the 2012 Champs featured approximately 800 starts, five deluxe parties (with all the fixings), 100 podium presentations, and an
infinite number of experiences for the 250 racers who made the trip.
The event also fostered ski racing friendships. Some were new in
the making, and others, such as those in Class 6 (ages 50 to 54),
have spanned decades.
Most of Class 6 started racing as Class 1s and 2s, and they’ve been
butting heads ever since. Racers such as Slabinski, Scroggins, Sarkis, Skinner, Wilhelmsen, Falk, Braun, Bower, and McGrail have been
dominant throughout the decades. Some have missed an occasional
championship due to injuries or family contingencies, but they were
there in force at Park City this year to comprise not only the largest
class at the event, but also one of the most competitive.