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Kinder Kup introduces kids to thrills of racing

The Kinder Kup is back.

Not even the forecast of blizzard conditions prevented 17 racers 6 and under from competing in the South Shore’s Kinder Kup Race Series on Dec. 29 at Heavenly Ski Resort.

The race involved two timed runs down a 10-gate giant slalom course.



While the youngest competitor, 2-year-old Payton Norton, is proud to compete at such a young age, his proudest moment still is being able to use a fork to eat. Julia Mason mentioned the prospect of one day beating her brother, while many of the other competitors are shooting for future Winter Olympics.

Final results for girls in the opener included a pair of Heavenly Ski Foundation members breaking away with the top two spots. Brooke Norton was first and was followed by Michael Gardner. Rounding out the top 5 were Danica Bunnett, Tatum Bunnett and Maia Bickert.




In the boys’ Alpine class, Chad Kaassamani posted the fastest times of the day, winning by a narrow margin over Austin Brooks. They were followed by Austin Allen, Connor Novak, Michael Edwards and Payton Norton.

New to the Kinder Kup this year is the snowboard division.

In the girls’ class, Mason took the top spot on the podium, with Mackenzi Conrad second, Taylor Chatwin third and Chandler Morgenstern fourth.

For the boys, Doran Morgenstern placed first, with Keyon Heydarian second.

Following the races, the competitors and their families enjoyed a barbecue and raffle.

The opener was the first of three events on World Cup Run at Heavenly. The races are open to children 6 and under, regardless of snowboard and Alpine racing ability. Remaining Kinder Kup dates are Feb. 15 and March 9. The cost is $15 per race. Participants are required to purchase a lift ticket, which is discounted for competitors.

For more information, phone the Heavenly Ski Foundation at (530) 541-7354.


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