By Alicia Dziak

Are you a ski racer who has the need for speed? Look no further than the annual Race Weekend at Mud Sweat N’ Gears (MSG), a weekend-long event geared toward ski racers, but open to all.

“We invite all the local ski racing teams, from Holiday Valley, HoliMont, Kissing Bridge, Buffalo Ski Club, Peak N Peak (etc.), and help outfit the kids with everything they’ll need for the season,” said Kim Reading, who owns MSG with her husband, Miguel Azcarate.

Race Weekend features reps from top manufacturers and deals on the latest and greatest racing gear.

In addition to all things racing, Race Weekend is also your chance to meet Andrew Weibrecht, US Ski Team member and two-time Olympic medalist.

Weibrecht is connected to Azcarate and Reading in two ways: He serves as a guest coach at the Ligety Weibrecht Ski Camp in Mount Hood, OR (, which Azcarate runs in the summertime. Weibrecht also skis for Head, for which MSG is an authorized retailer, and also the company who is bringing him to Ellicottville.

While Race weekend spans all weekend long, Weibrecht will only make an appearance on Saturday, Oct. 17. Head to MSG from noon to 4 p.m. to get that autograph or selfie, and meet a world class athlete.

For more info, call MSG at (716) 699-8300.