Race Rules

TEAMS
Each team will have six racers and will consist of:
– A Professional Skier: A decorated racer with national team pedigree
– A Team Captain: The buyer/organizer of the team
– Four competitors: Selected by the team captain
– Note: The team captain does not have to compete! In this case, there would be five competitors.

COURSE
The race will be a dual giant slalom set on the Stapleton Training Center at Aspen Highlands.

QUALIFYING AND HANDICAPPING
Each racer must take one run down both Giant Slalom courses the day prior to the competition. Times recorded for these runs will be the basis for ‘handicapping’, so racers are honor-bound to perform their best. Racers should participate in ‘handicapping’ wearing the same outerwear and using the same equipment that they plan to wear/use for race day. Handicapping times will be adjusted throughout the race day.

THE RACE
Each racer will compete head-to-head with racers of relatively equal ability from three different teams. The start gate will open first for the racer who has the higher handicap. Racers must complete the course (by turning around all gates) to earn a qualifying time.

RACE OFFICIALS
We have a Race Committee and jury to settle all questions. The jury consists of Chris Davenport (Race Chair) and John Jett (Chief of Timing). AVSC Race Director Pat Callahan will serve as Course Referee, and Brian Davies will be the Chief of Race.

“SANDBAGGING”
If a racer is perceived by the race committee to have intentionally impacted their time, the race committee reserves the right to disqualify them from the run.

AUDI AJAX CUP
The winning team will be presented with the coveted Gorsuch Cup at the après party, as well as beautiful Hayes belt buckles provided by Gorsuch. The Gorsuch name is synonymous with skiing excellence, family tradition, generosity, and style. From the family’s Olympic heritage to their philanthropy and sponsorship in skiing, this trophy will forever be associated with champions both on and off the hill. The trophy will be proudly displayed in a window of the Gorsuch store in Gondola Plaza at the base of Aspen Mountain.