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AVSC’s alpine skiers save their best for last

AVSC staff report
Costumes were part of the Kombi race, as demonstrated by Gordon Davies.
Penn Newhard/Special to The Aspen Times |

From the youngest on the hill to national team hopefuls, AVSC skiers have saved some of their best racing for the end of the season.

During the first of the Surefoot Colorado Ski Cup giant slalom races at Aspen Highlands on March 28, Ben Throm won for U18s with Dean Travers taking third.

Travers was the U18 winner for the second GS, with AVSC’s Nick Cohee skiing to an overall second and third in the two races. (Earlier in the week, Throm and Travers had each won a super-G on the same hill.)

While two days were originally set for the GS races, heavy snow forced their postponement, leading to a double race day Friday.

Seppi Steigler, of Ski and Snowboard Club Vail and formerly the University of Denver, won both of those Colorado Ski Cup races.

Spring series racing continues on Highlands’ Golden Horn/Thunderbowl venue this week as an impressive roster of U.S. Ski Team men, Japan’s Ryo Sugai and several members of the women’s national training group compete in a unique two-run downhill (please see story, page A16)/

In Park City, Utah, Tristan Lane continued his spring hot streak by winning the first race at the U16 Nationals.

Lane was joined in the top 10 by two AVSC first-year U16’s —Dexter Edelman and Cooper Cornelius, who finished eighth and ninth respectively,

In the next day’s giant slalom, Edelman also finished eighth.

Back at Aspen Highlands, coaches and kids donned costumes for the final event of the season, a Kombi, for U14s, U12 and U10 skiers.

The day packed with racing, awards and a season-ending feast in AVSC’s backyard recognized individual age-class race winners as well as series victors.

Kombi winners included: Kailey Murphy, Allyson Cornelius, Margo McHugh, Jake Morgan, Tyler Thomas and Trey Thorpe.

Adaptive finale

AVSC’s adaptive team charged at the season-ending competitions, the Huntsman Cup and the 2014 IPC National Championships last week in Park City.

“It was a good eye-opener for a lot of people,” said head coach Jonathan Mika. “It showed that hard work has paid off for them.”

Men’s sitting athletes swept the slalom podium, all the way to fourth place, and finished like this: Trey Humphrey, Aaron Howell, Anthony Radetic and Josh Elliott.

For Radetic, who broke his leg earlier in the year, this was easily the season’s best finish. But coach Mika noted that overall, “The whole team skied very well.”

After a short break, “we’ll switch gears back to the training program,” with plans in the works now for a Mount Hood summer camp and additional training opportunities, Mika said.

Weekly with Walt

AVSC skiing legends Beth Hoff Blackmer and Ryan Smalls are featured on GrassRoots TV’s “Weekly with Walt,” which premieres at 7 p.m. today (April 2). The alumni athletes will discuss their experiences with the club, both past and present, and what this dynamic group has in store for AVSC in the not-too-distant future.

Also included in this week’s program is a sneak peek at the film “Climb to Glory,” which tells the story of the 10th Mountain Division Ski Troopers and their impact on the U.S. ski industry following World War II.

Nina Gabianelli of the Aspen Historical Society and Karen Woodward will discuss the film, produced by Warren Miller Entertainment , which will air at 6 p.m. Friday at the Wheeler Opera House.