The previous report states that the race course only takes up one blue run but in fact according to the trail map it slightly infringes on the Grandfather run to the top then onto the Juniper run, then onto Spruce Hollow, then onto the Old Mill run, then ends back onto a green run for a couple of hundred meters.
A couple of years ago a local retired doctor was hit by racer and his shoulder was broken. This was away from the race course. Another racer is a quad because of a fall on the Chute free-skiing. Besides racers warming up at high speed on the hill away from the course the other safety concern is the use of most of the hill pro patrol by the race. Whenever the race is on four ie half of the pro patrol is dedicated to the race. Two must be at the top at all time. If there is an injury two respond and two more go to the top. If it is a back problem all four respond and two more go to the top. Figure it out with two on days off two more go to the top and no one is left for the other free skiers. The race only improves things for racers or those renting to racers or feeding them. For the locals and other tourists it is a poor time to be at the hill. Other small problems are race skis scattered all over the unload zone for the Quickdraw ski lift.
High use of other hill resources, lifts, runs, snow cats, snow making, one of the two blue runs from the top is left as a ice sheet after the race because racers need consistant snow for the course, ie almost ice, and ammenities by people paying six dollars a day for a race ticket compared to a regular lift ticket price. Apex is becoming an event hill not a free skiing hill for the public to enjoy. --- A Local