|Youth racer Alex Tomaszewski attacks the slalom course at DS/USA’s National Race FestivalPhotograph courtesy of Reed Hoffman.|
At Colorado’s Breckenridge Ski Resort, it’s not surprising to encounter speed. Some of the top snowsports athletes in the country can be found schussing on its slopes, which have hosted the Snowboarder Hall of Fame and a 2005 World Cup Race. Once per year, however, some of the resort’s slickest tracks are in surprising configurations—single ski tracks flanked by the thin twin lines of outriggers, and the deep single and double tracks of mono- and bi-skis. From December 6-13, Breckenridge’s Beaver Run Resort was again home to the annual The Hartford Ski Spectacular, hosted by Disabled Sports USA (DS/USA). Then, on December 14-15, DS/USA also brought in the nation’s best adaptive skiers for a series of qualifying races for the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games.