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With Mother Nature’s cooperation, the annual U.S. Forces Europe Ski and Snowboard Championships are back on.

Canceled last year because of a lack of snow, the Morale, Welfare and Recreation-sponsored 2008 event is scheduled for Feb. 2-3 in Garmisch, Germany.

“There was really good snow mid-December and they got dumped on last week,” said event coordinator Kelly Nebel. “We hope it doesn’t melt.”

About 300 competitors — youth and adults divided by military and civilian status — are expected to participate. They will be divided into divisions ranging from beginner to advanced for skiers and snowboarders. There will be four races in each division: giant slalom and slalom for snowboarders, giant slalom and slalom for skiers.

To make the events fair, Nebel said contestants should consider themselves advanced if they have ever raced and placed. “The key word is “ever,” she said.

All participants will be required to wear helmets and, as always, are encouraged to buy ski insurance.

Those interested in trying to shred their way to a title can register online through Jan. 30 and should book accommodations for the weekend as soon as possible, Nebel said.


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