Hello Freeride Travel teams,
I have some sad news to share--Rotarun has canceled their Thanksgiving operations and we will not be holding the Thanksgiving training camp as planned. Below, Coach Ben has included the email in italics that he just recieved from Riley Berman, their manager.
Mark Wedeking has been having ongoing discussions with Bogus Basin management about training options and there is at least a chance that we could be doing something on snow at Bogus as a team during Thanksgiving week. We'll keep everyone in the loop as things continue to develop.
We will keep working hard to find creative ways to make it happen.
Hello Team Captains –
I have been meaning to send a Rotarun training space update out for a couple days now, but with the ever changing circumstances, I felt like I needed to wait till I had more clarity from the mountain progress and community before I could give you an accurate report.
Atlas, with the ever changing situation that has only gotten progressively more concerning with COVID, our county is currently at 52 cases per 100,000 and rising rapidly (which is over double the suggested USSA recommendation for holding events and camps), we are having to re-evaluate. Though Rotarun is a great social distancing training option, we have to still think about the bigger picture, and how it affects the community as a whole.
In addition, our progress in the venue build has been steady, but due to this being our first year, our goal, and expectation, have not been totally aligned. Though we do believe our hill will be ready for a fall camp, we do not feel like it is in our (or the visiting teams) best interest to open the mountain unless the venue is at a standards that we all hold acceptable as a top quality training site – and we are concerned we cannot meet that expectation.
After communication with the executive director, and members of the board, we regret to say that Rotarun will not be a training option for this fall. We are deeply saddened by this because we are committed to providing an new affordable option for training in a season where any options are at an all-time low. It just seems like there has been one to many hurdles to make this become a reality in such a short and ever changing time frame.
We hope you do understand, and that you will keep us in mind as a future training venue option. We believe that places like Rotarun are becoming increasingly more important to the ski racing community as this sport continues to become more and more inaccessible. We are fully committed to making Rotarun a “gem” that the ski racing community has for many years to come.
Please reach out if you will need a reimbursement to your lane space deposit.
Rotarun General Manager