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Steamboat Springs High School skiers prepare for qualifier at Howelsen

Steamboat Springs High School skier Dane Dixson leads a group of teammates during a warm-up Thursday at Howelsen Hill. The high school’s Nordic skiing team will host the Steamboat Springs High School Qualifier on Saturday at Howelsen in downtown Steamboat Springs.
Joel Reichenberger





Steamboat Springs High School skier Dane Dixson leads a group of teammates during a warm-up Thursday at Howelsen Hill. The high school’s Nordic skiing team will host the Steamboat Springs High School Qualifier on Saturday at Howelsen in downtown Steamboat Springs.
Joel Reichenberger

— With so few competitions before the state championships, it’s a plus any time the Steamboat Springs High School Nordic ski team gets home-field advantage.

Steamboat will host the Steam­­boat Springs High School Qualifier on Saturday at Howelsen Hill.

The girls will begin at 11:45 a.m. with the boys to follow at 12:30 p.m. A middle school event is at 11 a.m.



The high school event is expected to bring 25 teams and more than 190 racers for a 5-kilometer skate race.

“It’s our first skate race,” Steam­­boat coach Emily Lovett said. “I think our goal is to go out there and ski strong. Ski like it’s our home course and ski aggressive.”



The 5-kilometer Howelsen course should give Steamboat an advantage with its hilly layout.

On the boys side, Lovett said she expects Jack Burger and Wil­­ber Ranieri to do well with the course. Linnea Dixson and Dom­­in­­ique Powers should pace the girls team.

“I think with our skiers coming off break it will be a good barometer of where we stand,” she said. “We want to see where we stand and what we need to work on.”


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