The Little Mountain Ski Club in North Carolina played host to the second installment of the Queen’s Cup this weekend and it was a hit. The cup highlighted some of the best skiing from women over the age of 30, and trust us when we tell you, these ladies can ski (and have a darn good time doing it).
In a multi-round tournament the event had several different types of scoring involved and it was a big hit for everyone in the mix. It featured a traditional slalom style format that had everyone ski a two-round prelims in order to post the best score possible.
The second day featured a head-to-head round of the best 16 skiers, whittled down to an elite eight, followed by a final four round and a finals round of the best two skiers from the weekend.
The fun-filled energy of this event brought together skiers from multiple divisions to compete against one another.
In addition, prizes were also awarded to the three skiers that beat their overall handicap from other tournament scores over the course of the year. This gave all ability levels the chance to walk away with some of the awesome gifts provided by the event sponsors, while also keeping the atmosphere light and fun.
In the traditional scoring, it was Vennesa Vieke who took home the top spot followed by Chelsea Mills. Both women skied into 38-off and gave the crowd some great skiing in the final round.
Rounding out the podium was Joy Kelley in third, Lori Krueger in fourth and Cyndi Benzel in fifth. Kelley and Benzel both set new national records. Kelley ran 1 buoy at 38-off at 32 mph in the Women’s 6 division and Benzel ran 1 buoy at 38-off at 30 mph.
Event organizers (and us here at WaterSki) hope the Queen's Cup continues to grow and that even more women join in next year. With a best score wins and handicap format that puts skiers up against their ability, this event should no doubt be on every female skier's must do ski calendar for next year. We hope to see you there!