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Town Challenge ski racing series wraps up another successful year

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Town Challenge racer Carter Allen cuts down the face of Howelsen Hill during the final giant slalom run of the season. Numbers in the series aren’t what they were in its heyday, but giant slalom races always tend to draw more participants than the more technically demanding slalom format. Photo by Joel Reichenberger

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Tom Degroff heads for the finish line during the slalom portion of the Town Challenge finale. Degroff helped create the series 31 years ago. Photo by Joel Reichenberger

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A racer takes off from the starting gate on Howelsen Hill and others wait their turn during the final Town Challenge skiing race of the season. The event drew nearly 40 skiers, up from 2012 but down from the kind of crowds the series drew when it was new, in the 1980s. Photo by Joel Reichenberger

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Kevin Hendrickson cuts down Howelsen Hill during the Dave DeHaven Memorial. Photo by Joel Reichenberger

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Katie Gaylord cuts around a gate during the two-night Town Challenge season finale. Racers in the series have different motivations but all have a passion for the sport. Photo by Joel Reichenberger

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Steve Hoots, one of the Town Challenge series organizers, announces the seasonlong points champions for the 31-year-old circuit. Photo by Joel Reichenberger

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Tim Magill loads the lift at Howelsen Hill before the final Town Challenge race of the season. He later said, “Well, I was the fastest guy in a dress; that’s for sure.” Photo by Joel Reichenberger

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Tom Degroff raises Carl’s Cup, the traveling trophy for the Town Challenge, at the party after the series’ season finale. Photo by Joel Reichenberger

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Trevyn Newpher drinks from Carl’s Cup after winning the Town Challenge season series. It was his second time as champion in three seasons. Photo by Joel Reichenberger

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Natalie Pearl and Erik Gilbert won both ends of the Dave DeHaven Memorial race, a two-night affair that included slalom and giant slalom runs. Photo by Joel Reichenberger

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Town Challenge racer Tim Magill reflects on a framed collection of photos from his championship Merchant Cup team in the early 1980s. Photo by Joel Reichenberger

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