Racers scream down Steamboat Ski Area
Steamboat Springs — Colby Lange and Nellie Rose Talbot emerged as the fastest racers in Wednesday’s super-G event, the second race of the U16 Rocky/Central Alpine Skiing Championships in Steamboat Springs.
Talbot, with Ski Club Vail, was on the podium for the second day in a row. She won the women’s race with a time of 1:27.62. Kaitlyn Vesterstein, a National Training Group racer also making her second podium appearance, was second at 1:29.91. Dylan Flore, with Vail, was third at 1:30.16.
Vail’s Lange won on the boys side in 1:26.02. Matthew Macaluso, also of Vail, was second in 1:26.14, and Aspen’s Cooper Cornelius was third at 1:26.17.
Steamboat had a better day on the slopes, led by Cole Puckett. He was 16th. Sam Frackowiak was 24th, Trey Seymour 29th and Chase Seymour 46th.
Margaret Dickson led the way for the Steamboat girls, placing 19th. Madeline Boucher was 24th, Cortney Wilk 23th, Taylor Olson 26th, Mackenzie Ward 30th, Kristina Steinberg 32nd, Amber Elliott 34th and Olivia Flake 36th.
The boys are back in action Thursday with a giant slalom race at Steamboat Ski Area on Sitz/See Me beginning at 8:45 a.m. The girls get their shot at the GS on Friday, and both boys and girls race slalom Saturday at Howelsen Hill.
Skiers fly in Wisconsin
The U16 event in Steamboat only accounts for some of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Clubs Alpine results from recent weeks.
The team picked up strong finishes racing in Wisconsin Feb. 21 and 22.
There, Devin Davis was sixth, Zak Kjos ninth and Nate Bowman 11th for the men in a slalom race. SaRa Gezon was fifth on the women’s side.
A day later in another slalom, Kjos was seventh, Davis ninth and Bowman 13th. Gezon was 24th.
“It wasn’t exactly what we were hoping for as far as results go, but we keep getting closer and closer to that break-through moment,” club Alpine ability coach Eric Cates said. “It’s just a matter of time and a little luck.”
That same weekend Nick Veth raced in a series of NorAm Cup races in Nakiska, Alberta. He placed 31st in both super-G and slalom races.
“He skied like a champion and scored NorAm points for the first time in his career in slalom,” Cates said. “It was a very valuable trip for him.”
Racers compete at Council Cup
A contingent of Steamboat racers skied in the Council Cup at Ski Cooper.
There, Ashley Spiegel was 19th and Amy Speer 43rd at the U16 level in the first race of the weekend, a super-G. Leo Davies was 20th at U14 on the boys side, and Chip Anderson 24th.
Spiegel was 16th, Speer 49th in another super-G that afternoon. Anderson 17th for the boys at U16, Davies 20th and Benton Sherman 57th at U14.
Racing slalom a day later, Spiegel was ninth and Speer 49th on the girls side. Anderson was 13th for the boys at U16. Benton Sherman was 31st in U14.
Next up was giant slalom, and there, Speer was 33rd and 36th in two races and Spiegel 32nd and 34th. Davies was 11th and 26th for the boys at U14 and Anderson 13th in a U16 race.
Kidd leads at Surefoot Cup
Serina Kidd was sharp in a Sunday slalom race on the Surefoot Cup circuit, placing fourth at Eldora. Meg Anderson was 16th in that same event, and Chandler Sedberry sixth in a slalom event on the same circuit the day before.
For the men, Davis was 14th in slalom, Veth 18th, Kjos 29th and Britt Walton 38th in giant slalom.
In slalom, Devin DeJong was 16th, Kjos 17th, Walton 25th and Andrew McCawley 27th.
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STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Things are normally pretty quiet around the base area of Steamboat Resort this time of year, but a lot has happened since the ski area closed following the 2020-21 season.