HUNTER, N.Y. – The 63rd annual ski races of the Carpathian Ski Club, known by its Ukrainian acronym as KLK, were conducted at Hunter Mountain on Saturday, February 25.
Skiers of all ages – from age 6 to 75 – competed on a warm February day, taking a couple of runs down the official NASTAR (National Standard Race) course set up for the event. The rainy weather that had been forecast for the day did not materialize, and the races went on without a hitch.
Later that day, at a dinner held at Hunter Mountain’s Copper Tree Restaurant, skiers received the awards they’d earned. The ski resort’s general manager, Russ Coloton, was in attendance to greet the participants of this family-oriented event as well as loyal supporters of KLK.
The evening’s program was opened by Vira Popel, president of the Carpathian Ski Club, who noted the generous financial support offered by three Ukrainian credit unions – Self Reliance New York Federal Credit Union, Nova UA Federal Credit Union (Clifton, N.J.) and Ukrainian Selfreliance Federal Credit Union (Philadelphia), as well as the Ukrainian National Home Foundation of Passaic.
Trophies and medals were presented to the champions and top skiers in each age group. The presentations were conducted by Andrew Hadzewycz, vice-president of KLK, assisted by Roma Hadzewycz.
Special awards were announced for the fastest female and male skiers, an honor that includes yearlong possession of traveling trophies with the winners’ names inscribed on them (no repeat winners are allowed). Maya Stawnychy and Erko Palydowycz received their trophies from, respectively, KLK President Popel and KLK Skiing Director Orest Fedash.