Aspen Valley racers off to good start
Steele Spence and Travis Redd led the Aspen Valley Ski/Snowboard Club (AVSC) to the podium last week in moguls and aerial competitions in Steamboat Springs. Redd took first in the aerials, with Steele Spence in second and Dusty Spence in sixth.
Steele Spence also took second in the mogul competition, besting several members of of the U.S. Freestyle team. U.S. Freestyle team member Travis Mayer won the event. Dusty Spence, Redd, and Robbie Wade all posted top ten finishes in their age groups.
Eric Knight, AVSC freestyle director, said he was “quite pleased” with the results.
“We’re starting to come into form,” Knight said. “We got some extra snow time and had a race under our belts, which proved to be crucial preparation. All of our guys are beginning to ski up to their potential.”
Freestylers with the AVSC team head to Winter Park next weekend for two days of moguls and aerials.
Alpine ski racers
Aspen Valley Ski/Snowboard Club alpine ski racers dominated the opening event of the Roaring Fork Series this past Saturday at Aspen Highlands, winning all age categories in both giant slaloms.
The series features eight races over the course of the season, and is attended by age-class racers (fourteen and under) from the AVSC, Sunlight, and Powderhorn.
Packy Westfeldt and McCabe Mallin each won a race in the J-3 boys. Paul Britvar triumphed twice in the J-4 races, while Charlie Lasser won both J-5 events.
On the girl’s side, Gillian Hearn won both J-3 races handily, as did Liz Woods in the J-4 category. Joanna Coffey and Hailey Hoffman traded victories in the J-5 girls.
Other Aspen podium finishes went to Thianna Durrance, Sam Coffey, Wiley Maple, Galen Bridgewater, Christina Van Moorsal, Hannah Nelson, Tim Woods, Matthew Tapper, Sydney Cantrell, Ali Wade and Blair Pickus.
“We saw some very strong racing,” said Pat Callahan, head age-class coach at the AVSC. “This was the first race of the season for most of the competitors, and they proved that our age-class program is capable of producing some fantastic results.”
The age-class racers head to Crested Butte next weekend for two more giant slaloms, while the older racers will spend this week in Steamboat at two Rocky Central FIS races.
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