(1-4-15) – This weekend, 200 high school skiing athletes from West Valley, Lathrop, Colony, Su Valley, Wasilla, and Grace Christian will join the Valdez Buccaneers for the annual Valdez Invite. The meet is scheduled to begin this Friday, January 8th at 3:30pm with the relay races. On Saturday, the individual freestyle races will begin at 11:00am at USCG Housing off Hanagita. There will also be an open race for all community members beginning at 2:00PM on Saturday following the high school events. Due to race course preparations and safety concerns, the Mineral Creek Road from Water Tower Hill through the canyon, and the East Dike sledding area will be closed to all motorized traffic and non-skiing usage all day Friday, January 8th through Saturday, January 9th. Recreational traffic will be restricted on the East Dike course from USCG Housing on up, as there will be many skiers utilizing this stretch on both days.