The Heavenly Foundation u-14 boys competed in head-to-head action in a fast paced parallel race at Alpine Meadows Jan. 25-26.
As an added bonus for the young skiers, the director of Alpine ski racing from Bariloche Cathedral Mountain Ski Resort in Argentina, Juan Olivieri, has joined the Heavenly Ski Education Foundation as a coach. Both Olivieri and John Allen were on hand to support a growing number of u-14 boy racers totaling six and doubling the foundations competitors from last year.
Saturday’s results found Heavenly Ski Education Foundation’s Tyler Olivieri on the podium with an impressive third place finish with a combine two run time of 1:11:10 just behind Mammoth Mountain’s Erik Eisen who finished second with a combined time of 1:10:48. The winner for a second time this season was Dashiell Judd from Sugar Bowl Ski Academy. Payton Norton and Noah Cleary from Diamond Peak had impressive fifth and sixth place finishes with times of 1:11:92 and 1:12:04 rounding out the top 10 for south shore boys.
Our next top 25 finishers were Gunnar Barnwell finishing 22nd with a combined time of 1:15:11 and Sean Dunkleman finishing 24th with a combined time of 1:15:22. Luke Allen placed 46th, Tyler Loll, now with HSEF, finished 61st and Mathew Shick had an impressive Far West debut finishing 63rd out of 95 boys.
Sunday was like a carbon copy of performance with Judd winning again with a very fast combined time of 1:11:63, Eisen came in second with a 1:12:13 and just edging out Norton for third place again was Olivieri with a 1:13:23 over Norton’s 1:13:98 for fourth place. Also finishing in the medals with a time of 1:16:68 was Barnwell moving up in the pack to 14th. Dunkleman finished in 20th, Loll in 43rd, and Shick turned it up a notch finishing in 47th place. The second day appeared to be a bit more difficult for the racers as the number of crashes increase and disqualifications seemed to get the better of some racers including HSEF member Luke Allen.
The next Far West event will be held Feb. 8-9 at Squaw Valley and will be a two day Giant Slalom open to all USSA members and is the last opportunity for racers to qualify for the top 20 available spots for performance camp being hosted by Sugar Bowl March 6-9.