Previously known as the Mountain Dews, now dubbed the Maine Ski Challenge, this GS (giant slalom) race series is both a fun and exciting way to learn how to race. Participating ski areas include Black Mountain of Maine, Lost Valley, and Spruce Mountain.

This weekly series starts January 4 and ends March 8. Races will be held on Sundays at 1 p.m. All racers with a valid lift ticket or a season’s pass can purchase a race bib for only $4. Skiers and snowboarders of all ages are welcome.

Racers take two runs and their best time is counted. Points are earned throughout the race series and based on participants’ five best finishes. Racers must take part in a minimum of five races to qualify for the Best of the Best. 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes will be awarded each week, which include: an adult day lift ticket for tubing or skiing, a 10″ one topping pizza from Sam’s Italian Sandwich Shop, or two 2-litre bottles of soda from Pepsi Co.

This year’s Best of the Best will be held at Lost Valley in Auburn, Maine where racers will compete for larger prizes.

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