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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 15, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta Ski racing is demanding sport West Castle National planned for March A sld race, especially a na- tional ski race, is a lot more than merely sticking slalom poles in the snow and skiing at break neck speeds between them. "Each ski race course used by the Federation of Interna- tional Skiers must be measured for both length and vertical drop to assure standardization in courses raced by federation says Lome O'Con- ner, federation alpine technical director. Mr, O'Connor visited West Castle Resort, >28 miles south- east of Pineher Creek, in early Augut to measure the pro- posed sites for a national ski race scheduled for the ski area March 30 and 31 and April 1st. He approved both of the courses proposed for slalom and giant slalom races and said he was generally impress- ed with the terrain and the pos- sibility of future development of the area. West Castle the only sK facility in southern Alberta, and one of the few Alberta sld areas not located withui the boundaries of a national park. Mr. O'Connor's job, through- out the year, Is to visit sM areas where FIS races have been proposed, measure the courses, check the facilities and make sure all proposed races require the same skill and sta- mina of participants. "It would be foolish to sched- ule a race in the prairies on a smooth course with practically DO vertical drop and expect it to count as much or demand as much from ski racers as a race in the Rockies be said. An FIS ski racer earns points toward World Cup competition according to how well he does in each race. For all the points to have the same meuwg, all the races should be held on equally difficult courses, "Ski racing has become a so- phisticated and demanding sport which requires tremen- dous amounts of work and tech- nical knowledge on the parts of both racers and race he said. POISONOUS MAMMAL The duckbill is the only poi- sonous mammal, the male of the species having hollow spurs connected with poison glands on Its hind legs. JUNCTION SERVICE (Junction of Highways 3 and 6) PINCHER STATION for HUNTING FISHING and SPORTING GOODS RESTAURANT AND COMPUTE AUTO SERVICE and REPAIRS 24-HOUR TOWING SERVICE look for the West Castle Snow Report Board at UNION 76 JUNCTION SBiVICE Jump in your Chrysler product and ski WEST CASTLE Congratulations on your opening of the expanded facilities! FOOTHILLS AUTO SERVICE CHRYSLER DODGE PLYMOUTH HIGHWAY AND MAIN STREET PINCHER CREEK Weet Castle Resort, 28 mflw southeast of Pincber Creek, win be the site of a national ski competition in March. The West Castle National, so named by area manager Dan McKim, will include slalom and giant slalom races for 120 com- petitors from all over Canada. "Members of the Canadian National Ski Team will be on band to encourage all of the competitors in this strictly no- tional said Mr. McKim. The race dates have been set for March 30 and 91, and April 1st, "Planning for the races has been underway for a long time. Preliminary measurements of the courses and their locations were completed early in Au- gust and the location of the race has already been noted on the Information distributed by the Federation of International Stt- said Mr. McKim. "The giant slalom course wUl be feet long a verti- cal drop of feet The sla- lom course will be feet long with a vertical drop of 735 he said. West Castle also plans to con- tinue Its own junior racing pro- gram for Interested children during the approaching season. WEST CASTLE RENTALS AT THE HILL HART SKIS LANGE BOOTS COMPLETE LINE OF ACCESSORIES SPECIAL BEGINNERS RATE COMPLETE RENTAL OUTFITS WEST CASTLE SKI PASS APPLICATION Provisional Conditions: 7, Seasonal Ski must purchased prior to January 1, 1973, 2. Seasonal Ski Paw Holder must present his card to rkket office attendant. sign remitter and receive a valid day ticket prior to each days skiing, 3. Seasonal Ski Paw Holder agrees to rights and privileges of a day ticket hold- er and it subject to conditions of the some. 1972-73 Seasonal Ski Pass Rates: Adult 90.00 Student 86.00 Family plus for each child to a maximum of 5220.00 25% Reduction if Paid by October 15th MM MM MM Mi MM MMJ MMJ MM MMJ MMI MMi complete the fallowing: Cheek seasonal ski desired: Adult Student Family (total no, in family Complete: Name Address............................................ ................................Telephone.......... Signiture (if family, please have alt members sign) Enclose a cheque or money order In the full amount, payable to CASTLE MOUNTAIN RESORT LTD., PINCHER CREEK, AlBERTA ;