Aspen skiers impress on home snow
Aspen, CO Colorado
ASPEN ” First-year Aspen High alpine coach Craig Carlson doesn’t need to see the official results.
Just going off what he saw and heard from his racers at Friday’s giant slalom at Aspen Highlands, Carlson already knows it was a good day.
Amid trying, snowy conditions, Joanna Coffey won the girls race, leading the charge for six Aspen racers who ” barring any changes from the unofficial results ” finished in the top 15. On the boys side, Bobby Moyer led a 2-3-4 Aspen finish.
Official results had yet to be posted to the NASTAR website Friday night, but likely will be up over the weekend, Carlson said.
“With the inclement weather and all the top girls skiing in snowy conditions for both runs, I was extremely pleased,” the coach added.
The boys, meanwhile, who skied after the girls in both the morning and afternoon, enjoyed some lulls in the weather and better visibility. Moyer was followed by teammates Kevin Hartman (third) and James Britvar (fourth). Carlson also said Aspen had three other boys finish among the top 10.
Despite all the overnight snow, Carlson said the GS track on Thunderbowl held up well.
“We were able to get all that soft stuff off,” Carlson said. “It was actually really nice.”
Friday’s race featured all four teams from the state’s A division ” Aspen, Steamboat Springs, CRMS and Eagle Valley ” and three of four from the B division. Battle Mountain and Vail Christian were able to make the drive over, but the team from Vail Mountain School never arrived as a result of road conditions.
Carlson isn’t sure yet how Aspen’s boys and girls shook out in the team standings, but assumed, given how many racers from both teams packed into the top 15, that the results should be pleasing.
Next up for the alpine team is Friday’s slalom at Winter Park.
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