AVSC alpine team dominates the Butte
Aspen, CO ColoradoCRESTED BUTTE Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club’s young alpine team met and dominated its regional rivals at Jan. 7’s Crested Butte Age Class Open giant slalom races.The team showed great depth with wins from Colby Lane, Bobby Moyer, Julia Muller-Ristine, Joanna Coffey and Micah Evonitz. J5 competitor Lane won both his races. Along with Xon Baker, Andrew Hancock and Tristan Lane, Matthew Gregory and Chapin Newhard, he claimed the top six spots for the 9- 10-year-old age class during the morning session. Lane, Hancock and Gregory finish first through third, respectively, during the afternoon. Colby Lane’s 8-year-old brother Tristan recorded two fourth-place finishes.
“Colby had some ripping runs that were right up there with the best J4 skiers in terms of total time,” said AVSC alpine age-class head coach Pat Callahan. “That whole group just pushes each other all day every day.”Ben Throm and Henry Woodrow took ninth and 10th during the afternoon. In all, eight AVSC J5 competitors cracked the top-10 in the morning, and seven repeated during the afternoon.J5 Galena Wardle finished second and third on the girls side. Erin Spence took seventh during the morning, Sophie Dasaro took ninth and sixth, and Elise Cranmer finished 10th and ninth.
J4 Bobby Moyer completed two solid runs to walk away with two age-class victories.”Bobby won by over a full second in the morning,” J4 coach Ramsay Hill said. “I really like coaching him because he has a great attitude and is always working to get faster.”Fellow J4 Devon Cardamone took seventh during the morning, then improved to third in the afternoon. Club newcomer Ian McClain took fifth during the afternoon – his first ever USSA competition.
On the girls side, Muller-Ristine edged out teammate Ilona Schwartz for the win during the morning. Schwartz got the upper hand during the afternoon, as she and Miller-Ristine finished second and third, respectively. Hannah Hemming finished fifth and fourth. J3 Evonitz showcased confident skiing en route to two wins. He was hardly alone near the top of the leader board: AVSC’s Indy Lane (second and fourth), George Rodney (third and second), Jonathan Woodrow (fourth and sixth), Tyler Nelson (seventh and third), Luke Hemming (sixth and fifth), Teddy Benge (seventh and ninth), Ryan Golbus (eighth place twice) and Ryan Fahy (ninth place twice) followed close behind. Nine of the morning’s top 10 finishers were from AVSC. Things were similar for AVSC’s J3 girls. Coffey led the way with two first-place finishes. Chandler Stapleton took second before dropping to fifth in the afternoon. Hannah Hemming’s best result came in the afternoon, when she finished fourth.
Let’s make some skiing predictions. I made my X Games snowboarding predictions a day earlier and remain only mildly lukewarm in terms of confidence, but maybe I’ll feel better about the skiers.