H.S. ski team to start practice
Steamboat Springs — The coach of the Steamboat Springs High School ski team came out of Tuesday night’s organization meeting with a new motto for the season.
“It’s quality over quantity,” Sailors coach Chris Arnis said on Wednesday morning. “We had a pretty big drop from last year, but I’ve got some very talented skiers coming back.”
Roughly 10 skiers, three cross-country and seven alpine, showed up for the first meeting of the season this week. Arnis said the team would begin regular practice on Tuesday. The lack of snow will most likely mean the skiers will be performing a lot of dry-land conditioning drills in the opening weeks of the season.
Last year, Arnis had 22 skiers on the team. While the numbers were down for the first meeting, the coach said he expects more skiers to sign on before the start of the season.
“Football season just ended and we have a couple of guys who were playing with that team,” Arnis said. “There is a good chance our numbers will come up in the next few weeks.”
In high school skiing the team is split into two different competitive bodies, but at the state final both the cross-country and alpine scores are combined as one. Arins, the team’s head coach, will head up the alpine side of the team and Brian Tate will lead the squad’s nordic division.
Arnis said he would have liked to have seen more nordic skiers at the first meeting and thinks that growth on that side will help the team at the state championships.
But with limited numbers this season, he said he might be asking a few of his alpine skiers to ski on the cross-country course as well.
“We need some ski meisters who can ski alpine but also be competitive in the nordic events as well,” Arnis said.
The alpine squad will open the season with a giant slalom race on Dec. 19 in Summit County. The schedule will include five other regular-season meets in places such as Beaver Creek, Loveland, Gold Peak and Ski Cooper. The team will be at home on Jan. 11 for a slalom race.
The cross-country team will open the season Dec. 14 in Frisco. The team will also compete in five regular-season meets at Devils Thumb, Vail, CRMS and Leadville. The team will be at home on Jan. 12 for a classic race at Howelsen Hill.
The state finals will take place in Winter Park Feb. 21-23.
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