It’s not raining on ski team’s invitational plans

The rainy weather has not beaten Homer High School’s Nordic ski teams’ plans. As of Tuesday, Coach Alan Parks says he expects the Homer Invitational to go on as scheduled Friday and Saturday.

There is enough snow on the Ohlson Mountain Lookout Trails to ski on, Parks said. Though Homer saw only rain in the last week, it snowed at higher elevations. The main consideration for Parks now is the safety of the course, which became icy after Monday’s rain.

“Two days ago it was great skiing. … Right now it’s just rock hard. Right now what we’re working on is loosening up the trail,” Parks said.

As a result, the ski course for the race may change to address those safety concerns, he said.

Friday’s races will be mass start skate races on a 5 km course. Girls varsity will start the day off at 1 p.m., followed by girls junior variety at 1:30 p.m., boys varsity at 2 p.m., and boys junior varsity at 2:30 p.m.

Sprint races start at 10 a.m. Saturday, with a series of races and eliminations. Every skier will ski twice, with the last two rounds featuring the top 20 and top eight skiers.

Homer High School invited all 10 ski teams in Region III schools to the race. Kenai, Soldotna, Seward and Nikiski confirmed their attendance on Tuesday, Parks said.

Parks encouraged the community to watch the races, noting that the crowd would be able to see the race play out from Lookout Point.

“Just a really great time for the community to come out and support the youth of Homer. Also a great time to check out the ski trails,” Parks said.

Anna Frost can be reached at anna.frost@homernews.com

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