Courtney Robinson leads way at Ski Cooper |

Courtney Robinson leads way at Ski Cooper

Cold to most people is not really cold to you. That having been said, last weekend’s slalom at Ski Cooper was really, really cold.

But the Huskies, Devils and Gore Rangers made the best of it in the final alpine qualifier of the year.

Vail Mountain’s Courtney Robinson showed that she’s got right stuff for Skimeister She took bronze just three-tenths of second out of second place. Alex Delude and Lauren Utzig cracked the top 34 needed for state in 31st and 32nd, respectively.

Battle Mountain had a tough day on the hill with Heidi Lauterbach, Brittany Peterson and Lauren Arnold all having to hike on their second run. Chalk that up to getting it out of one’s system before state.

Erica Ghent ended up leading the Huskies in eighth. Keegan Garnsey (12th), Heidi Moore (14th), Kate VanHee (23rd) and Kate Gosiewski (30th) all laid down state runs.

Eagle Valley had a trio inside the state cut.. Those Devils would be Lindsay Kunkel (11th), Hanna Nelson (15th) and Annie Vogel (25th).

“Lindsay’s kind of struggled this year so it’s good that she’s peaking just in time for state,” Devils alpine coach Cappie Green said. “Hanna Nelson’s a freshman and I’ve been pretty impressed with her results and Annie been our most consistent skier all year.”

In the boys race, a plethora of Huskies got down the hill starting with Eric Nordstron, who led the way in eighth. Jeff Green was right behind him in 12th. Green was followed by Taylor Roach (14th), Dak Steiert (24th), Chad Shoulders (30th) and Clayton McRory (38th).

Other local qualifiers included VMS’ Michael Busenhart and Josh Smith as well as Eagle Valley’s Matt Herr and Jeff Green.

While the alpine regular season is done, the Nordic teams are at Carbondale Saturday. The state meet is at Beaver Creek, Cordillera and Vail Feb. 21-22.

Chris Freud is the sports editor for the Vail Daily. Contact him at (970) 949-0555, ext. 614 or by e-mail at

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