We have had less than the normal amount of snow for this time of year;
very similar to last (2000). Northstar comes through again for the best
early season halfpipe in the Tahoe region. They did open it to the public
right after grooming the night before, which degraded the shape a bit.
Even so, the pipe was the best thing going in the area.
The USASA experienced technical difficulties with their computer system.
Add to that the fact that there was a large turn out for this event
and they did not have the results of the event until the next night
and then they did not have the medals. I am sure some kids were disappointed
at not getting their medalist moment.
The amount of young snowboards and their parents and most of the other
age groups all had some eggy comments; but in the end all the competitors
had their day.
Sometimes you have to stress the system to make it better. The next
day the GS went off without a hitch.