Familiar Aspen skiers back with U.S. team
The U.S. Ski Team on Thursday announced its 2017-18 season nominations for its alpine team, which includes a pair of Aspen connections.
Basalt’s Galena Wardle, 19, an Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club alumna, will return to the ‘C’ team for the second consecutive season. It will be her third season with the U.S. Ski Team after having been on the developmental team her first year.
Returning to the ‘A’ team is New Castle’s Alice McKennis, 27, who also trained with the AVSC under local Olympian Casey Puckett. McKennis is a veteran member of the team.
Missing from the team this winter looks to be Aspen’s Wiley Maple, who missed all of the 2016-17 season because of recurring knee problems.
Last week, the U.S. Ski Team announced its nominations for its cross country team, which again is led by Aspen native Simi Hamilton. Missing is another Aspen product, Noah Hoffman. According to Hoffman’s blog, he still plans on competing this season and pursuing a spot in the 2018 Winter Olympics, although he’ll have to do it without the U.S. Ski Team’s resources.
Earlier this month, the U.S. freeski team nominations were released. Basalt’s Torin Yater-Wallace and Aspen’s Alex Ferreira, both veteran Winter X Games athletes, again highlight the men’s pro team. Crested Butte’s Aaron Blunck, who won X Games gold in January in the superpipe, also is on the team.
The U.S. slopestyle snowboard team again includes Arvada’s Chris Corning, another AVSC product.
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The Aspen High School ski team wrapped up its short and sweet regular season Friday with home races at Highlands. The Skiers hosted both a slalom and giant slalom on Thunderbowl, with an AHS athlete taking three of the wins.