Ski and Snowboard Club Vail Masters bring home the gold
Last week over 350 Masters ski racers from all over the country flocked to Aspen for the Masters National Championships.
The competition was slated to start with the speed events of downhill and super G, but the downhill was canceled due to soft slushy snow on the lower part of the course.
In the super-G, Vail’s Sandy Treat took home a third place and Peggy Iden won her age group.
Then, in the technical events, the SSCV Masters shined. Iden again won, this time in the giant slalom to take the overall combined first place in her age division.
The slalom for the women had to be canceled because of overly soft conditions. The area initially tried to salvage the competition by running a one-run race, but even that proved to be too dangerous.
For the men, Sandy Treat came out a hero by gaining a second place in his slalom race and a third in giant slalom to win the silver medal in the overall combined.
Paul Smith gave a strong showing with in a very competitive group and skied to an eighth place finish in GS and a fourth place in slalom.
“The masters have been working very hard all season and it paid off,” said head coach Rika Moore. “I’m proud of them for bringing home podium results and top-ten finishes.”
For the complete results list on the Masters Nationals or more information on the Ski and Snowboard Club Vail masters training program contact Rika Moore at 476-5119 ext 113
Saturday marked the last race of the Vail Cup series hosted by Ski And Snowboard Club Vail.
The race consisted of the top junior skiers from around the valley and the Front Range.
The race was in a dual format like old pro style giant slaloms to bring out the competitive spirit among the junior racers.
The 31-year-old race has traditionally been a race among the skiers within the club but has expanded to accept many of the other junior ski programs in the valley.
Saturday’s race was the same as cups in year’s past though, for its high level of competive ski racing. Racers ranging in age from four to 14 went head-to-head down the course in pursuit of the vaunted overall trophy, an achievement on par with winning a United States Ski and Snowboard Association sancitioned race or qualifying for the Junior Olympics.
For complete results of Saturday’s race, see page A24.