Sports briefs: Aspen skiers win titles
ASPEN – Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club members Danielle Brownell-Patty, Julia Mueller-Ristine and Devon Cardamone won titles at Sunday’s and Monday’s Wilder Dwight Memorial Super G races on Aspen Mountain. Club athletes accounted for 11 Top 10s in the four races.Brownell-Patty won Sunday’s opening girls race, crossing the line in 37.49 seconds. Mueller-Ristine was eighth.”Danni skied great,” club age-class coach Gene Bridgewater said in a news release. “She was technically sound and carried a lot of speed on the flats which made the difference.” Mueller-Ristine had a breakout run Monday to climb to the top of the podium. Teammates Ilona Schwarz and Keile Kropf finished ninth and 15th, respectively.Cardamone bested the field by nearly .75 seconds in Monday’s boys race. AVSC skiers finished first, second (Colby Lane) and fourth (Travis Lundin).Brannen Haderle followed up his 10th-place finish Sunday with a ninth Monday.”He slayed the course today,” Bridgewater said of Cardamone. ” Devon diced up his line and did a great job out there.”All of them have put themselves in a great position to qualify for Junior Olympics.”Lundin nearly pulled off a win in Sunday’s race, but fell on Strawpile and slid on his hip “for about 30 meters,” Bridgewater said. Lundin righted himself and managed to finish second.Teammate Colby Lane wound up fifth, while first-year J3s Andrew Hancock and Benjamin Throm finished 14th and 15th, respectively.
Aspen native and AVSC alum Michael Ward will compete for the U.S. in the upcoming World Junior Championships in Hinterzarten, Germany. Ward, the son of AVSC nordic ski jumping coach and former Olympian Craig Ward, will be one of five American boys competing in nordic combined at worlds, which run from Jan. 25-31. He secured his spot on the squad after finishing first and second at a recent qualifier in Lake Placid, N.Y.By virtue of those results, Ward was named North American Junior Champion. “I was psyched,” Ward said in a recent article in the Steamboat Pilot & Today. “I can’t explain the feeling, but I was pretty excited when I got the news.””It’s really exciting because this group has a real chance to reach the podium,” team coach Martin Bayer told the Pilot & Today. “I’m looking forward to the trip, and I think we have five really strong guys.”
ASPEN – Boarding for Breast Cancer and the V Foundation for Cancer Research will once again join forces to kick off the Winter X Games with a charity event at the St. Regis Resort in Aspen on Wednesday, Jan. 27 from 5-8 p.m.Guests will have the chance to mingle with athletes Hana Beaman, Spencer O’Brien, Tucker Hibbert, Tom Wallisch and Sammy Carlson, among others, and enjoy musical performances from Lord Jamar of Brand Nubian and MK & the Gentlemen. There will also be a silent auction.Tickets are $40 if purchased in advance at http://www.aspenshowtickets.com, at the Wheeler Box Office, or by phone at 920-5770 or toll free at (866) 449-0464. Tickets purchased at the door are $60.
SNOWMASS – The 23rd annual Owl Creek Chase, which draws scores of SuperTour and citizen racers, returns to Aspen on Sunday, Feb. 14. The race is the highlight of a three-day Nordic Festival that features everything from high school races and an instructional clinic.The Chase begins at the Snowmass Cross Country Center at 11 a.m. and finishes at the AVSC clubhouse. Registration is available online at http://www.active.com. Citizen racers competing in the 21K will be able to register on the day of the race at a higher fee.Here is the schedule: Saturday (at AVSC clubhouse) – Citizen 5K classic (9 a.m.), women’s 10K classic SuperTour (9:30 a.m.), men’s 10K classic SuperTour (10:40 a.m.).Sunday – Owl Creek Chase, 21K freestyle, Super-Tour, men’s elite/women’s elite/citizen at 11 a.m. 10K freestyle, AVSC, citizen races at 10:30 a.m.; middle school and high school races.Monday – Ute Mountaineer Skate with the Pros, instructional clinic for citizens at the Aspen Cross Country Center, 10 a.m.Go to http://www.utemountaineer.com for more information.
ASPEN – Aspen’s Fred Pearce, along with other members of the inaugural Western State College intercollegiate ski teams from 1946- 47 and 1947- 48, was inducted into the Mountaineer Sports Hall of Fame on Oct. 2 in Gunnison, Colo.After opening the program during the winter of 1946 in Sun Valley, Idaho, Western State recorded three runner-ups and a third-place finish in the season’s next four races. Team members used converted army skis and old football shoes.The school claimed its first team victory in Aspen in 1947-1948.Prior to enrolling at Western State, Pearce was a member of the first club teams in Aspen. He also helped clear timbers on Aspen Mountain to pave the way for the towers of the original Lift One.
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Aspen Skiing Co. will delay the opening of Aspen Highlands until Dec. 18 due to lack of a base and scant snow in the forecast.