DUAL RACING CATCHES FIRE
As ski season gets into full swing, you may have noticed something: dual racing is everywhere! Also known as parallel or head-to-head, dual is at the hot center of ski culture, from kids learning to turn and race on the smallest of hills to the world’s best battling it out at World Cup and Olympic levels, to the new World Pro Ski Tour, currently drawing the best from all circuits around the country and the globe.
Dual racing also happens to be PURE FUN for recreational skiers of every age and level. The rush of excitement and adrenaline from taking on a friend, family member, or arch-rival and racing them to the line, neck in neck, is like no other. Dual confers other benefits too: it builds good fundamental technique; it builds fans (because it’s exciting to watch and easy to understand); and it builds character, nurturing traits ranging from close observation, imagination, and strategic planning to adapting under pressure and dealing with outcomes. These are the qualities that build strong bodies, minds and characters, and help shape positive futures.
The Bob Beattie Legacy
Bob Beattie was ski racing’s biggest fan. He created the US Ski Team, co-created ski racing’s World Cup Tour, popularized NASTAR, and founded the head-to-head World Pro Skiing Tour. Of them all, Bob thought dual racing best among equals because it is easy to set-up on hills of any size, and for the benefits enjoyed by any skier, anywhere, for minimal cost.
The Bob Beattie Ski Foundation (BBSF) is honoring Bob’s memory and legacy by advocating for dual racing as one of the pillars of a mission to grow and strengthen the sport overall. Our vision is to see the dual format flourish at ski areas everywhere, with racing as popular and accessible as terrain parks—similarly free and without inhibiting waivers—sparking an explosion in participation.
A key part of our vision is the Horse Gate Start: a system in which two doors per skier, set closely side by side, fling open simultaneously to start the duel! A set of these professional- quality gates, replete with descending lights and electronic timing, cost around $10,000 apiece to manufacture, and BBSF raises funds each year to provide them to programs which are committed to building grassroots participation in the sport.
Join Our Team
Bob was all about team, and ours can’t do it without you. Here’s the math: My donation + your donation + our friends’ donations = more gates supplied to more programs. And that means more skiers turned onto the sport, affordably.
Help us honor Bob’s legacy by expanding ski racing across the country, igniting tomorrow’s great skiers, building character, and bringing more fun to the ski experience at every level. We are making needed change happen, and that’s what Bob Beattie was about. Thank you in advance for your support!
- The Bob Beattie Ski Foundation advocates for expanding affordable access to skiing and ski racing.
- We seek to help athletes leverage their unique skills and character traits by connecting athletes to business opportunities and mentors.
- BBSF is dedicated to preserving and sharing the history of head-to-head ski racing, especially the short but highly influential heritage of the World Pro Skiing Tour.
- We champion head-to-head racing as a primary form of ski racing at all levels.