COPAKE–It was warm for an afternoon on February 12 and there were little more than patches of snow around, except for the ski hill at Catamount in Copake where skiers participated in the annual Miles Humbaugh Memorial Inter-club Ski Race. There were 178 racers on the start list, ages 6-14.
They came from Bousquet, Berkshire East and Catamount. After the race, participants and their families gathered around the trophy table to get their awards from first to fifth places.
“This race is special,” said race organizer Karin Tanenbaum. “This is a warm, family program with parents volunteering to help the day run smoothly. Our inter-club racers are excited about racing at their home mountain, some for the very first time.”The race is named for a young racer who died in 2020 in an off-season accident. There is also a scholarship fund in Miles Humbaugh’s name which raises money to defray race needs and to assist kids who want to race but have difficulty affording the fees.
The season usually starts with a ski camp in a five-day interval between Christmas and New Years and, weather permitting, continues through the second week of March. Catamount Marketing Manager Ian Thomash said, “We continue to make snow adding trails and depth.”
He said there should be skiing well into March. The goal for the conclusion of the ski season at Catamount typically is after the first weekend in April or last weekend in March.