The lack of snow in Tahoe did not delay the planned start of the Tahoe League Race Series, which kicked off on Saturday, Jan. 7 with the Auburn Ski Club Tahoe League Dual Slalom event at Boreal Mountain Resort.
Boreal has the benefit of high elevation and great snowmaking, which led to firm snow on the race course for the young competitors.
Dual Slaloms are exciting to watch and the fact that two skiers race two slalom courses simultaneously adds extra fire in the belly for the racers.
The 7/8-year-olds and 9/10-year-olds raced on Saturday, with Diamond Peak's Aidan Pretti stepping up to the podium in second place in the boys' 7/8 division and Otto Albrecht of Diamond Peak placing 11th in the same division.
On Sunday, Diamond Peak's Tim Novak raced to a fourth-place finish among 11/12 boys and Diamond Peak's Carl Moller finished sixth in the boys' 1/3/14 division.
Head Coach John Albrecht praised his team for training diligently over the holiday break with numerous 7:30 a.m. “early loads” to train prior to the resort's opening each day.
Over at Sugar Bowl Resort, the Diamond Peak J4/5s (girls and boys ages 9/10 and 11/12) raced in their first two-day slalom event of the season.
On Saturday, due to a chilly east wind, the conditions were icy with a tight-set course. Diamond Peak's Casey Delaney and Winston Pretti had the two fastest times for the J4 men on their second run, but both “did not finish” the first run due to falls and missed gates.
In Sunday's race, despite falling twice on the first run, Winston Pretti laid down the fastest second run to earn a third-place medal on the podium for the J4 boys.
Diamond Peak's Belle Johnson took fourth place for the J4 ladies and Satchel Hirsh skied to a 14th-place finish for the J5 men in his first-ever Far West race on Saturday.
— This article was submitted to Sports Editor Sylas Wright at firstname.lastname@example.org.