The giant slalom that ripped down Black Fox was steep, firm and hair-raising fast, but it didn't faze a group of up-and-coming South Shore skiers.
"These were some of the toughest race conditions that we've seen for the U14 race group," said Diamond Peak coach Raquel Norton.
South Shore athletes representing three different race teams traveled the five hours to Mt. Shasta Ski Resort, to participate in the second stop on the U14 Far West Race Series last weekend.
The race was held on Black Fox run, which involves a steep pitch out of the start for six turns, funnels into a narrow section and onto a second pitch. The run is technically challenging and long, with most runs averaging more than a minute.
To top it off, the athletes faced firm conditions that were capable of knocking skis clean off in the chatter, resulting in some high-speed slides.
"So, for those who finished and finished well, shows what great athletes we all have," Raquel Norton said.
Three South Shore standouts were just such athletes. Kirkwood's Haley Louis, and Diamond Peak's Payton Norton and Madison Idso all turned in top times.
Louis, of the Kirkwood Ski Education Foundation, ripped the face off Black Fox for first place in the girls' race Saturday. She won by a margin of 3.36 seconds combined.
She took the silver on Sunday and had the fastest second run time. When all was said and done, Louis had put two runs together both days.
Diamond Peak's Payton Norton collected a fourth and second-place finish. Despite running his second run dead last on a chopped up course, Payton turned in the second fastest time of the day.
Diamond Peak teammate, Idso, jumped her top 20 finishes of last season to top five this season.
Kirkwood's Danial Drapeau also turned in a top-10 performance Sunday. Drapeau posted the second fastest first run time.
"We took our training to the steeps and it paid off," Kirkwood coach Mark Payne said.
Daniel Drapeau 18, 10
Jamie Holmstrom 29, 18
Ben Weisel 31, DNS
Haley Louis 1, 2
Tule Horton 28,15
Anna Weisel 37,41
Hailey Weisel 39,35
Grace Holmstrom DNF, 47
Payton Norton 4, 2
Corey Huber 6, 11
Connor Huber 17, 17
Nick Fischer 25, 43
Madison Idso 10,5
Heavenly Ski Foundation:
Sean Dunkelman 32, 28
Dylan Gooding DNF both days
Logan Langemeier 61, 57
No girls raced