Aspen, Snowmass skiers win NASTAR titles
The Aspen Times
Crown these local folks and their teams the national champions — the NASTAR national champions.
The Nature Valley NASTAR National Championships returned to Snowmass last week with more than 900 participants from all across the country.
Olympic gold medalist and World Cup giant slalom champion Ted Ligety set the par (or standard) time for the NASTAR Nationals.
Aspen’s own Casey Puckett, a five-time Olympian and former World Cup racer, consistently posted the second-best time to Ligety. Puckett also is a two-time Winter X Games gold medalist in skiercross.
Puckett raced against U.S. Ski Team standouts present and past — Steve Nyman, Eric Fisher, Stacey Cook, AJ Kitt and Kaylin Richardson.
The winners in each age and ability class at nationals were invited to compete in the Race of Champions. According to NASTAR director Bill Madsen of Aspen, each champion carried their handicap into the race so that every competitor had a chance to go for the win.
The highest handicapped racers took to the course first.
In the men’s Race of Champions, Adam Adkins edged Steven Coulter in a battle of skiers from Hidden Valley, Mo.
Aspen local Mike Maple posted the fastest raw time to take the overall men’s win.
He also had the third fastest discounted time in the NASTAR handicap system.
Maple is the father of U.S. Ski team racer Wiley Maple.
On the women’s side, Ellie Peine won the fastest time both in raw figures and discounted figures. The women’s U16 platinum division winner edged Heidi Butler of Buck Hill, Minn., for the raw title.
The third fastest overall time was posted by the 55-59 platinum division champion, Janette Saylor of Frisco.
The combined division at NASTAR Nationals combined telemarkers, snowboarders and adaptive racers together to compete for men’s and women’s overall titles.
The women’s race was won by 7-year-old telemarker Adelaide Ryerson of Aspen, with Lyta Foulk taking second and Lauren Jackson earning the bronze medal.
The race for the fastest raw time was dominated by telemarkers. Foulk recorded the fast time ahead of Chantelle Jordan in second and Ryerson in third.
The men’s combined division also was also dominated by telemark racers. Tom DeGroff took the win ahead of Frank Becker and Larry Fisher.
Telemarker Joshua Poper had the fastest raw time followed by Jeff Cole. The third and fourth fastest raw times came from snowboarders Mark Hogan and Arne Carlson.
Aspen and Snowmass skiers collected a bevy of awards at the NASTAR Nationals. A full list of finishers is available at nastar.com.
Top local finishers include:
Bryce Maple, Aspen, first place in gold division, female 80-84
Vinio Zanier, Snowmass, first place in gold division, male 80-84
Martha Madsen, Aspen, second place in platinum division, female 75-79
Barbara Fleck, Aspen, first in gold division, female 75-79
Mike Schermer, Basalt, second in bronze division, male 75-79
Karen Woodard, Aspen, second in gold division female 65-69
Peter Pfeifer, Snowmass, first in gold division, male 65-69
Andrea Arms, Basalt, first in platinum division, female 60-64
Susan Hopper, Carbondale, second in platinum division, female 60-64
Marlene Mickey, Aspen, second in platinum division, female 55-59
Scott Nichols, Aspen, third in platinum division, male 55-59
Mary Morse, Snowmass, second in gold division, female 1-5
Luka Smalls, Aspen, second in platinum division, male 1-5
Lawrence Maytin, Aspen, thid in platinum division, male 1-5
Cameron Blatz, Snowmass, third in gold division, male 1-5
Malcolm Berg, Aspen, first in silver division, male 1-5
Alxander Freidheim, second in bronze division, male 1-5
Angelina Zimmerman, Snowmass, second in gold division, female 6-7
Ingrid Cassidy, Aspen, third in silver division, female 6-7
Adelaide Ryerson, Aspen, first in snowboard/telemark/disabled division, female 6-7
Eli Cohen, Snowmass, second in platinum division, male 6-7
Jay Zimmerman, Snowmass, second in silver division, male 6-7
Edwin Ryerson, Snowmass, first snowboard/telemark/disabled division, male 6-7
Ronnie Bedford, Snowmass, second in silver division, female 8-9
Cece Cassidy, Aspen, third in silver division, female 8-9
Owen Shlesinger, Aspen, third in platinum division, male 8-9
Hudson Klindworth Aspen, second in silver division, male 8-9
Mateo Bakken, Aspen, third in bronze division, male 8-9
Henry Henley, Aspen, first in gold division, male 12-13
Kyle La Couture, Glenwood Springs, first in platinum division, male 14-15
Kelly Beairsto, Snowmass, first in gold division, female 50-54
Mike Maple, Aspen, first in platinum division, male 50-54
Chris Wirkler, Carbondale, second in platinum division, male 50-54
Todd Klindworth, Aspen, first in gold division, male 50-54
Steve Zanier, Basalt, second in silver division, male 50-54
Mark Hogan, Snowmass, first in snowboard/telemark/disabled division, male 50-54
Tom Morris, Aspen, second in snowboard/telemark/disabled division, male 50-54
Scott Strickland, Aspen, first in platinum division, male 45-49
Arlid Ottersen, New Castle, third in platinum division, male 45-49
Niki Toomey, Snowmass, first in gold division, female 30-34
Lauren Jackson, Aspen, first in snowboard/telemark/disabled division, female 21-29
Dylan Bontempo, Snowmass, second in gold division, male 21-29
Brent McDonald, New Castle, first in bronze division, male 21-29
Aspen Mountain Team
NASTAR National Champions
Lawrence Maytin 10.000
Lily Reitter 10.000
Bryce Maple 10.000
Owen Shlesinger 10.000
Jake Morgan 10.000
Martha Madsen 10.000
Scott Strickland 10.000
Luka Smalls 10.000
Susan Hopper 9.970
Andrew Gunther 9.940
Scott Nichols 9.920
MacKenzie Klindworth 9.600
Sawyer Johnson 9.600
Viggo Morgan 9.470
Matt Johnson 9.410
Marlene Mickey 9.410
Todd Klindworth 9.410
Jasper Johnson 9.360
Henry Henley 9.330
Steve Henley 9.220
David Amory 9.190
Malcolm Berg 9.160
Holden Johnson 9.090
Ellie Culman 8.920
Parker Kendrick 8.890
Monte Musselman 8.750
Bob Bogner 8.470
Hudson Klindworth 8.440
Lillian Cassidy 8.440
Karen Woodard 8.370
Jack Prusky 8.120
Ronnie Bedford 8.010
Cece Cassidy 7.480
Ingrid Cassidy 7.050
Anna Wolf 6.210
Casey Dittmer 5.480
Tom Morris 5.260
Mateo Bakken 3.190
Alexander Freidheim 1.000
Snowmass Ski Area Team
Peter Dohr 10.000
Kelly Beairsto 9.930
Niki Toomey 9.850
Cameron Blatz 9.830
Mary Morse 9.810
Chris Wirkler 9.750
Sam McDermott 9.660
Nicholas Dohr 9.650
Cory Ferguson 9.600
Tessa Osborne 9.430
Peter Pfeifer 9.360
Edwin Ryerson 9.320
Alex Moraru 9.290
Mark Hogan 9.270
Andrei Spiride 9.210
Angelina Zimmerman 9.160
Vinio Zanier 9.130
Campbell Maybon 9.100
Matthew Kelly 9.100
Jack Rupert 8.820
Brad Stephens 8.780
Darrell McNabb 8.700
Adelaide Ryerson 8.600
William Madsen 8.590
Jay Zimmerman 8.560
Rupert Ingram 8.490
Deborah Madsen 8.400
Dylan Bontempo 8.390
Casey Blatz 8.260
Aspen Haase 8.030
Trevor Casper 7.850
Cristina Moraru 7.690
Lexy Loewenstein 7.610
Ela Stevenson 7.490
Sabrina Zanier 7.450
Lev Seidman 7.380
Bruce Bowen 7.360
Ashley Brennan 7.260
Jessica Smith 5.070
Lauren Jackson 4.990
Mike Schermer 4.530
Dallas Wicke 4.100
Heather Edmands 3.090
Isabelle McNabb 2.550
Ford Stephens 2.140
Aspen Highlands Team
Mike Maple 10.000
Mark Kwiecienski 9.740
Sid Barnett 9.270
Jeffrey Cole 7.980
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