Aspen High ski team fast in 1st giant slalom

Dale Strode
The Aspen Times

These Skiers are fast.

At least, they started fast.

The Aspen High School ski team launched into the new prep season with a giant slalom at Beaver Creek last weekend.

The Aspen girls dominated their division, taking the team title with eight of the top nine finishers — including individual GS champion Hanna Mass.

The Aspen boys finished second to powerhouse Steamboat Springs in the inaugural giant slalom of the season.

“It was a good day up on the hill,” Aspen head alpine coach Craig Carlson said. “The girls team was really impressive.”

Mass won the two-run giant slalom with a composite time of 2:15.25.

Haley Frischholz, of host Battle Mountain, finished second at 2:16.38.

Aspen Skiers finished in the next five places, led by third overall Anna Patterson.

Quincy Dollahan was fourth with Hannah Clauss fifth.

Pascale Augspurger was sixth and Haley Hopkinson seventh for the Aspen High school girls.

Abby Davidson, of Battle Mountain, broke the streak with her eighth-place finish.

Aspen’s Dolores Sharaf was ninth.

Maggie McGuire, Linzhi Douglass and Lacey Newhard went 14-15-16 for the Skiers.

The Aspen girls totaled 175 points to win the event.

Battle Mountain was second with 169 points.

Summit High School (including Breckenridge, Frisco, Silverthorne and Dillon in Summit County) was third with 160.

Steamboat Springs finished fourth with 148 points.

On the boys side, Battle Mountain finished 1-2-3 behind Sands Simonton, Quintin Cook and Keenan Zopf, respectively.

Simonton was timed in 2:10.49 for the two runs.

Cook was next at 2:11.69

Max Marolt led the Aspen Skiers with his eighth-place overall finish (2:24.48).

Graham Houtsma finished 10th and Scott Houtsma finished 12th for Aspen.

Will Reagan was 21st. Zane Heald was 24th.

The Battle Mountain Huskies totaled 177 points to win the boys division last weekend.

Steamboat Springs was second (160) with Aspen third (156).

Summit was fourth (142) with Eagle Valley fifth (139).

“Max Marolt was our fastest boys in spite of not having the training of the other skiers,” Carlson said. “Max … was eighth in spite of his lack of experience.”

He said Hopkinson’s race onthe girls side was impressive.

“She skied into seventh place,” Carlson said.

He said the Skiers have 41 alpine racers out for the team this year.

“It’s the biggest team we’ve had,” Carlson said.

The Skiers will head to Winter Park today for a high school slalom event.