The high school Nordic ski season is finally under way and#8212; thanks to a little help from an alpine venue.
Following cancellations of the first two races due to a lack of snow on the cross-country trails, the CNISSF season kicked off this past Friday with the Sugar Bowl Uphill held on the slopes of Sugar Bowl Resort.
The race featured a grueling uphill course that sent racers climbing the Nob Hill run.
While Incline was represented by a small contingent of racers, they made the Highlanders proud with their quality individual results.
Sophomore Evan Vomund led the Highlanders with a third-place finish in the varsity boys' race. He posted a time of 5 minutes and 16.7 seconds as Truckee's Jordan McElroy won in 4:54.9 and North Tahoe's Shane Christian was second in 5:14.4.
On the girls' side, Incline senior Melanie Swick finished seventh in a time of 6:56.9. Sugar Bowl Academy racers swept the top four spots, with Laurel Fiddler placing first among varsity girls and 10th overall in 5:57.6. Katrin Larusson was second in 6:06.7, Danielle Navinski was third in 6:22.4 and Cassidy Cichowicz fourth in 6:23.
Mariposa Gollery also competed for Incline, finishing 16th in the open girls' division (junior varsity) in a time of 11:58.2. Amanda Kirkeby of Mammoth won the open girls' division in 6:44.6.
Find photos from the race at http://macbethgraphics.smugmug.com/NORDIC-RACING/CNISSF-School-Races-2012/CNISSF-SUGAR-BOWL-UPHILL-2012/.