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 Little Nell, one of Aspen’s most famous runs.

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), Pat Callahan (Chief of Race), Alice Black (Course Referee), and John Jett (Chief of Timing).

THE WINNING TEAM
The team with the most individual wins within each preliminary bracket will move on to the Semi-Final Round. The winning team will be determined by Semi-Final and Final race rounds where teams will compete head-to-head in knock out rounds to determine the winner. The winning team will be presented with the coveted Gorsuch Cup at the après party at Shlomo’s Deli & Grill, as well as beautiful Hayes belt buckles provided by Gorsuch.

“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.

IN THE EVENT OF A TWO-WAY TIE…
In the event of a two-way tie, pros will head back to the start for a head-to-head tiebreaker, handicapped. If it’s a three- or four-way tie, the times of the pros runs will be added together to determine who will move on to the next round.

AUDI AJAX CUP
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.