Ski & Snowboard Club Vail alpine racers sweep at the Bolle Age Class races
Fresh off of their podium sweep last weekend in Park City, Utah, Ski & Snowboard Club Vail’s U14 team headed down to Eldora to compete in the Bolle Age Class race. SSCV’s U10 through U14 racers also headed down to Eldora to compete in the two-day Bolle Age Class.”It started out bright and beautiful for the first race of the Age Class race in Eldora,” said Brett Borgard, SSCV’s head U14 coach. “Soon after the first run, the sky opened up and started snowing heavily and the winds picked up, but that didn’t stop the SSCV racers from dominating.”Race 1 proved successful for both the boys and the girls. The girls’ race kicked off first. With more than 100 racers in the event, SSCV did well, taking the top eight out of 10 spots. Coming off of a first-place win in New Mexico in a Rocky Mountain Division race, Dylan Fiore won race No. 1 of the day. In second, beating numerous older racers, was SSCV’s U12 racer Allie Resnick. Following Resnick were teammates Cleo Braun in third, Gretchen Pavelich in fourth, Kendra Hoyt in fifth, Kaitlyn Harsch in sixth, Caroline Jones in seventh and Emma Hall in eighth. The boys proved to be just as successful for SSCV in Race 1 and also took the top eight, with Flinn Lazier winning, followed by Brendan Keane in second, Benjamin Kooiman in third, Max Bervy in fourth, Henry Heaydon in fifth, Fletcher Holm in sixth, Michael Resnick in seventh and Burke Francher in eighth. Race 2 brought more dominant results, with the Vail girls taking the top 11 places and the boys taking the top 15 places. Cleo Braun was the real winner in Saturday’s second race. As a U12 racer, Braun outskied all of the older U14 racers. Following Braun were teammates Pavelich in second, Fiore in third, Hoyt in fourth, Samantha Trudeau in fifth, Hall in sixth, Taylor Brandt in seventh, Zoe Braun in eighth, Anneli Holm in ninth, Zoey Livran in 10th and Elise Viola in 11th. The top 15 boys from SSCV put down quick times in the second slalom race of the day. Jacob Dilling skied to a first-place win, matching his win in Park City last weekend. Colby Lange raced to second, Brendan Keane was third, Gus Leblanc was fourth, Benjamin Kooiman was fifth, Henry Heaydon was sixth, Tucker Strauch was seventh, Preston O’Brien was eighth, Max Bervy was ninth, Peer Carnes was 10th, Keelan Woodard was 11th, Mathew Macaluso was 12th, Michael Resnick was 13th, Chadwick Mulligan was 14th and Peter Littman was 15th. The results from Sunday’s races can be seen on live-timing.com. While these athletes were down on the Front Range, the other half of the team was racing a bit closer to home. The Youth Ski League slalom race took place on Sunday, with athletes from U8 through U16 racing. It was SSCV’s U12 athlete Jack Lewis who outperformed the rest of the field. Brody Cyphers, from SSCV, placed second, followed by teammate Tyler Webert in third on the boys’ side of the slalom competition. The girls almost had the podium sweep, with Campbell Sullivan in first and Bloem Van Den Berg in third.AspenSSCV Nordic athletes crush competition worldwideA group of seasoned racers headed to Aspen, while a few others headed to Europe, this past weekend to compete in one of the biggest Nordic events in Colorado. Deemed the Owl Creek Chase, the event is one of Colorado’s largest premier cross-country ski races. Synonymous with an alpine Nor-Am, the super tour races provide athletes the chance to earn World Cup starts for the following season. Elite athletes from Ski & Snowboard Club Vail had a distinct advantage at the Aspen race. The high-altitude training in Vail helps local athletes prepare for races with similar altitudes. Other athletes from Utah, Wyoming and other low-elevation states came out early to acclimate before the race. SSCV’s Sylvan Ellefson had a big weekend, racing in the Vail Winter Mountain Games 10-kilometer freestyle on Friday and then racing in the Super Tour in Aspen on Saturday. Ellefson, who has said he is “typically not a sprinter,” raced his way to a second-place finish in the 1.4K sprint qualifiers in Saturday’s Super Tour. SSCV’s Ryan Scott also performed well in the sprint, finishing fourth overall. Immediately after the sprint was the 10K individual start. Ellefson again finished second after coming back from fourth place halfway through the race. “I was pretty tired from the sprint,” Ellefson said. “Just because all of the snow we got, the sprint felt like I was going 10K pace, so it was a little bit confusing out there.”Sunday kicked off the big 24K race from Snowmass all the way into Aspen. Ellefson again finished strong in second place. Cal Deline, from SSCV, raced well and placed 10th overall and was the top junior at the race. Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, SSCV’s Nordic teammates Noah Hoffman and Tad Elliot competed in the Swiss National Championships. In the 15K individual start on Sunday, Hoffman won by an unbelievable 1 minute and 20 seconds. Elliot also raced well in the 15K race on Sunday and ended in fifth. The two athletes are on the U.S. Ski Team but also train with SSCV’s Nordic program. They were also just named to the team for the U.S. World Championships, which is coming up in two weeks. For more results and Nordic skiing reports, go to fasterskier.com.
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Jeff Shiffrin, with his wife, Eileen, made the Vail area their home decades ago, and together raised Mikaela and Taylor Shiffrin, who was a member of the two-time NCAA Champion University of Denver Ski Team.