AVSC ‘stylers hit podium at Winter Park
The Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club (AVSC) women’s freestyle ski team started their season with some personal bests at Winter Park’s Kick-Off Open Moguls events Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 6-7.
The women were led by Rachel Weitzenkorn, who broke a string of second-place finishes last year to take the top spot on Saturday.
“It was Rachel’s first win and her second run on Saturday was even stronger than her first,” said AVSC freestyle director Eric “Doughboy” Knight.
Weitzenkorn was joined on the podium by Kristin Walla, whose third-place finish on Saturday was also a personal best. Kaitlin Roos started out with a strong first run but had difficulty on the steep, icy course and finished fifth overall for Saturday.
Julianne Davis took 10th place and Alexi Paparo finished 16th out of a field of 25 skiers. While only three AVSC women raced on Sunday, Walla finished up her weekend with another third-place result. Julianne Davis had a breakout day to finish fourth and Rachel Weitzenkorn took seventh.
“The girls made some real improvements as a result of their off-season training. Nice to have all three of them in the top seven,” said Knight.
The AVSC men struggled to get back to competition form on Saturday. They were led by standout mogul skier Dusty Spence, who finished seventh overall.
“It was nice to see Dusty jump right in after very little off-season work,” said Knight.
Jackson Horn wound up 19th after his two runs and Glenn Engleman finished 22nd. They were followed by Sam Ferguson (38th), Jordan Laughren (43rd), Reid Whitney (49th) and Spike Lipkin (50th). Rounding out the field of 65 racers was Chris Schumacher (51st) and Zac Giammarrusco (53rd).
While Spence did not compete on Sunday, the remainder of the team fared much better, with Glenn Engleman stepping up to take 10th place overall. Jackson Horn moved up to finish 22nd and Chris Schumacher finished 30th.
Zac Giammarrusco jumped 21 places to finish 32nd and Reid Whitney wound up 37th out of 59 total racers.
Also representing AVSC was Sam Ferguson (38th), Spike Lipkin (41st) and Jordan Laughren (44th).
“We were happy to see the guys rebound so strongly after a disappointing outing on Saturday,” said Knight. “It was a low-scoring, difficult course for sure.”
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