Bunny Bertram Memorial masters race and Great Antique Ski Race will be coming to Suicide Six on Saturday, March 1. The Bunny Bertram Memorial, the oldest race on the masters ski racing schedule, dates back to 1978 when Gary Colwell and Debbie Carter claimed victories. This year’s edition will also double as the “Legends Cup,” where a past masters racer will be honored. And in a special nod to those in the upper age divisions, a Sportage scoring system will be used, which factors in age as a handicap in calculating the overall race results. The two-run slalom will begin at 9:30 and will be run down the Face of Suicide Six, challenging racers from 18 to 85 years of age.
The Great Antique Ski Race, sponsored by the Vermont Ski Museum, will follow the masters race, starting at 1:30. This is the fourth year the race has been hosted by Suicide Six. Participants may enter into a variety of categories, including: straight skis circa 1970-1995; metal skis; and woodies. There is also a “strictly vintage category for those with boots and skis from any particular era. The Vermont Ski Museum will have skis for loan, equipped with modern bindings, or participants may dig deep into their basements and pull out a pair from the old days. The race will be contested on an easy GS, starting from the lower half of the Face. Registration will be open all day prior to the race, and an awards ceremony will be held in the base lodge following the race, with prizes for all categories.