Heavenly Ski Foundation competes in championships
Heavenly Ski Foundation athletes competed at the Dual slalom races hosted by Diamond Peak hosted on March 27 as part of the two day Tahoe League Championships series.
Snow storms forced the rescheduling of the Giant Slalom races to the following Sunday, April 3, also to be held at Diamond Peak.
The March 27 races went off smoothly with the 10 and under athletes racing dual slalom on Show Off Run, while the 11 and older athletes raced on FIS run.
In the 7 and 8 year old girls’ category, Lexie Sutter skied to 29th, Kate Kassity placed 33rd, and Fiona Ritchie in 38th.
In the boys’ ages 7 and 8 category, MJ Allen placed 23rd with Aiden Rippett in 25th place and only 1.55 seconds behind, and Blake Sutter followed in 34th place. The 9- and 10-year-old HSF racers competed strongly with Sam Ward leading the pack in 15th, Lucas Kassity in 19th, Grant Sutter in 24th, Gabe Kenney in 28th (after hiking during his first run), Conner Funke in 30th, and Warren Martineau in 38th.
“For many of the athletes, it was their first year competing in ski racing,” said Heavenly Coach Courtney Carmichael of her athletes. “I am very impressed with each of their performances and improvements throughout this year. This was a great way to end a fantastic season.”
FIS run, located directly under the Lakeview chairlift, provided a great spectators’ view of the 20 gate dual slalom course.
“We were a bit shocked as to the length of the course, (referencing how Tahoe League slalom courses are usually twice as long) so we just emphasized tactics. … It was going to be a sprint to the finish,” said Heavenly coach Raquel Norton.
And sprint they did. Brock Crawford and Corey Huber were both sitting in 2nd after their first runs. Being Dual slalom, participants only inspect the courses once in the morning, so the second run follows the first run immediately without any resetting of the courses. This generally creates ruts, causing the courses to deteriorate and result in slower second run times. However, Crawford was able to grab a podium finish with a 3rd place overall in the Boys 15 & up category. Corey Huber led the Heavenly Boys 11/12 team with a solid 4th place finish. Huber’s teammates Logan Langemeier followed with a 24th, Trent Funke 26th, and Connor Huber 27th. Heavenly’s sole 11/12 girl, Lauren Bailey was 30th after the first run, but lost both skis in a crash the second run.
The second day of the Tahoe League Race Series Championships presented the competitors with sunny weather and firm snow conditions for the dual giant slalom. Gabe Kenney placed 3rd in the 9 and 10 boys category after a stellar second run in which he posted the second fastest time on the red course. Corey Huber finished his season on a very high note by winning the 11 and 12 year old boys division. His second run consisted of aggressive and tactical skiing, catapulting him into first place. Brock Crawford also rounded out his consistent season with a 4th place in the 15 and older male field. Heavenly Ski Foundation Coach Courtney Carmichael was extremely impressed with her athletes’ performances on April 3.
“I am thrilled with the skiing I saw today,” Carmichael said. “It is wonderful to see the training these athletes put into their skiing pay off. I am particularly excited by Corey Huber’s finish today. This is his first year on the Heavenly Ski Foundation and competing in alpine ski racing, so his performance this season, and especially today, has been remarkable.”
This article was prepared prior to the official race results being posted.
For more information about the Heavenly Ski Foundation’s Alpine Skiing program, please call Aimi at 530-541-7354.