10 Reasons To Attend Colorado International Spring Series

FasterSkierMarch 18, 2005

Ten (really good) reasons why skiers and spectators should participate in the Colorado International Spring Series, March 26-April 2, 2005

TABERNASH & WINTER PARK, Colo., Mar. 17, 2005…This year’s Colorado International Spring Series (CISS), Mar. 26 — Apr. 2, 2005, means excitement for elite and recreational racers as well as spectators.

Presented by Devil’s Thumb Ranch in Tabernash, Colo., six races, seven parties and eight days of springtime skiing and partying will transpose the Tabernash and Winter Park areas into a haven of hard bodies and Lycra. Elite and recreational racers will challenge themselves and each other on a variety of track and Criterium courses, all competing for a top place finish as well as their share of cash and merchandise prizes.

Following are ten (really good) reasons CISS will mean end-of-the-season fun, challenge and excitement for racers and spectators alike:

10. More parties than races! O.k., seven vs. six but that means more deck-time, tan time and overall fun.

9. $18,500 cash prizes for elite racers and $15,000 in merchandise for citizens and juniors.

8. The Chipotle Fun Jersey. Where else can you win a leader's jersey and prizes for having the most fun?

7. Olympic caliber ski racers join the recreational competitors in all-out competition.
If you're Kris Freeman, Carl Swenson or the other US Team skiers, you're there to battle racers from 15 countries and 20 states for daily glory, the Devil's Thumb Overall Leader's Jersey, and a share of the $18,500 cash.

6. CISS is also for weekend warriors and recreational skiers.
Joe and Jane Average can race their peers then watch your heroes from the sun deck and chat with them at the social events. Thai and Brazilian Ski Team racers will be traveling thousands of miles to try to qualify for their respective Olympic teams, all the while working very hard not to finish last (yes, last, not first!).

5. Bronzing time on the new deck at Devil's Thumb Ranch’s new Broad Axe Barn — see it to believe it.

4. Races so good in 2004 they were named the Continental Cup Supertour finals for 2005.

3. The Criterium race and party, Fri., Apr. 1st at Winter Park Resort. Watch the field tackle the infamous double-jump where Andy Newell pulled a back flip in 2004 with an Odell's Easy Street Wheat in hand.

2. The CISS band. The famous all-skier CISS band has retooled for 2005 with a talented Norwegian front-liner. From country night to old school favorites, each social event will carry a new theme — and tune!

1. Eight days of sun and snow, seven days/nights of parties and six races — offering something for everyone. Let the races begin!

Prestigious Colorado International Spring Series
Returns to Devil's Thumb Ranch, Snow Mountain Ranch and Winter Park Resort
March 26-April 2, 2005

Media Contacts:
Holly Johnson, Imagica
holly@imagica.us / 941-349-9174

Shawn Delaney, Devil's Thumb Ranch/CISS
shawn@springseries.com / 970-726-8231,
ext. 218

TABERNASH, Colo., February 3, 2005…Colorado will once again welcome the world
to the Colorado International Spring Series (CISS) March 26-April 2, 2005. Skiers
of all abilities are invited to compete against elite international cross country
skiers from Nordic powers like Sweden, Norway and Italy as they challenge the
best of the USA and Canada in a six event stage race. Presented by Devil's
Thumb Ranch, the Series will tour Colorado's nationally renowned resorts and
include overall series competitions similar to the Tour de France.CISS is sanctioned
by the International Ski Federation (FIS) and the US Ski Association (USSA).
A racing license is not required to compete and racers of all abilities
are encouraged to participate. Competitors who wish to compete for prize
money must have a valid FIS license and compete in the Open Class.
All competitors must comply with USSA and FIS rules.

Registration is available on-line at springseries.com, by mail or fax for both
individuals and teams. Mail-in and fax registration closes 5PM Thursday,
March 24, 2005. All registrations not received by this deadline may not
be processed. Final registration deadline is by 11AM the day before each
race for Open and Junior Class competitors, 1 hour before race start for Citizen
Classes. Registrations must be legible, complete and received by these
deadlines to be processed. No registration will be accepted without payment.


Race Schedule

Date (all 2005)




Saturday, March 26 *

Devil's Thumb Ranch Opener *

7.5km CL / 7.5km SK Skiathlon
(Rolling Pursuit)

Devil's Thumb Ranch

Monday, March 28 *

Wells Fargo Team Sprint *

2 racers x 3 laps each x 1km Classic

Devil's Thumb Ranch

Tuesday, March 29


Salomon Sprints

1.5km Skate Sprint

Snow Mountain Ranch

Thursday, March 31


Snow Mountain Ranch Skate

5km/10km Skate Time Trial

Snow Mountain Ranch

Friday, April 1


Fischer Criterium
(non-scored FIS event)

15/30 minutes + 1 lap

Winter Park Resort
(NOT Mary Jane where it was held 2004)

Saturday, April 2


Swix Season Closer Classic

10km/15km Classic Mass Start

Devil's Thumb Ranch

* North American Continental Cup Supertour Final.

All events are FIS and USSA scored except for the Criterium, which is

Social Event

Saturday, March 26

Devil's Thumb Ranch BBQ Block Party

Awards Barbecue, Expo and Outdoor Block Party

Devil's Thumb Ranch

Monday, March 28

Devil's Thumb Ranch Cocktail Party

Awards and sponsor appreciation party.

Devil's Thumb Ranch Broad Axe Barn

Tuesday, March 29


Fontenot's Awards Party

Awards, appetizers and a band

Fontenot's, Main Street Winter Park

Wednesday, March 30

Devil's Thumb VIP Dinner
(By Invitation)

VIP Dinner

Devil's Thumb Ranch

Thursday, March 31

Hungry Bear Awards Party

Awards and Party

Hungry Bear, Fraser

Friday, April 1


Fischer Criterium PARTY

Blow out on the deck while the race
is happening

Derailleur, Winter Park Resort

Saturday, April 2


Awards BBQ and closing ceremonies

Food, Sun, Snow, Pool-side deck and a laid back closing
to a great week

Devil's Thumb Ranch

Saturday, April 2


Closing Party

Celebrate the end of the season


Prize Money & Awards

Total cash prize list is $18,650 and merchandise prize list is $15,000.
Cash prizes will only be awarded to open category competitors who provide valid
FIS licenses. All other categories will receive merchandise prizes.
All prizes that are declined by the recipient will not be granted to other competitors.
Travel & Lodging Devil's Thumb Ranch (800-933-4339) and Snow Mountain Ranch
(970-887-2152) have special CISS rates available for participants. Please inquire
when calling or visiting on line at www.devilsthumbranch.com or www.ymcarockies.org.
Races will be based in the Winter Park/Grand County area, which is located in
North Central Colorado, approximately 2 hours from Denver International Airport.
To get to Grand County from Denver, head west on I-70. Take exit 232 onto Hwy
40. Follow Hwy 40 for approximately 25 miles through Empire, over Berthoud Pass,
and past the Winter Park ski area to the town of Winter Park. The town
of Fraser is approximately 2 miles North of Winter Park on Hwy 40. Tabernash
is another 5 miles North.

Organizer Contact Information

Colorado International Spring Series
PO Box 750
Tabernash, CO 80478

970.726.8231 x218

Race Director

Shawn Delaney



Race Secretary

Kim Ballard-Perrin



Chief of Course

Mike Hogan



Elite Athlete Coordinator

Nathan Schultz




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