SSWSC alpine skiers continue to fight for U16 Junior Championship spots |

Steamboat Winter Sports Club Alpine skiers continue to fight for U16 Junior Championship spots

SSWSC skier Tyler Thomas glides down the course at Howelsen Hill. (Courtesy Photo)

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — In their second day of racing at Winter Park on Friday, Feb. 15, the Alpine skiers of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club added two more top placings.

Riley Grosdidier won the women’s division with a combined time of 2 minutes, 11.02 seconds, while Jack Reich took third in the men’s division with a combined time of 2:202.34.

Taking second and third in the women’s competition was Ski & Snowboard Club Vail’s Tiana Bruce and Liv Moritz respectively. Vail’s Brendan Keane and Fletcher Holm took first and second respectively in the men’s race.

The series continued at Howelsen Hill Ski Area on Saturday, Feb. 16.

The U16 Junior Championship team will be named Sunday after the races. Selections are based on the best three finishes over six qualifying races, including two Super-G races in Aspen this January.

The conditions on Howelsen Hill were challenging on Saturday. Yesterday’s slush froze over mixed with a fresh coat of powder overnight, challenging the skiers’ balance. Times were also more spread out than usual, as the poor visibility conditions added another challenge to the course.

Vail’s Taylor Hoyt claimed first on the women’s side with a combined time of 1:30.31. Grosdidier finished second with a combined time of 1:32.78, adding to her collection of top placings this week.

Bruce finished in third for the women. Vail’s Apollo Powell won the men’s race with a combined time of 1:23.45 and SSWSC skier Tyler Thomas finished second with a time of 1:24.25. Vail’s Nick Kirwood took third.

To reach Leah Vann, call 970-871-4253, email or follow her on Twitter @LVann_Sports.

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