Nichols, Stapleton and Rojs triumphant in Town Downhill |

Nichols, Stapleton and Rojs triumphant in Town Downhill

Aspen Times Staff Report

For the second consecutive season, Scott Nichols proved he can ski and direct some of the valley’s top ski events.

On Sunday, Nichols cruised to victory in the men’s-over-40 division in the second annual John Meyer Memorial Town Downhill ski race at Aspen Highlands.

Nichols, who is also race director for the Aspen Skiing Co., blistered the Goldenhorn and Thunderbowl course in 1:02.33.

The race is dedicated to John Meyer, a longtime valley resident and former ski instructor, who died several years ago. The Roaring Fork Valley’s top skiers established the annual race as a way to honor the avid skier.

In second place was Steven Hallisey, who finished in 1:03.62, while Carly Siemal finished third in 1:05.23. Corby White (1:06.19) and Russell Judge (1:06.81) rounded out the top five finishers.

World Cup veteran David Stapleton, also of Aspen, cruised to victory in the men’s advanced division, crossing the finish line in 1:01.18, just in front of Ryan Smalls, who finished in 1:01.48.

Christian Messiner finished third while Taylor Phillips (1:02.33) and Ian McLendon (1:03.95) finished fourth and fifth, respectively.

Anda Rojs sailed to a top-place finish in the women’s division with a scorching time of 1:04.65. Kim Carter finished a distant second in 1:13.37. Kelly Hart finished third in 1:21.46.

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