Vail club racers on a tear |

Vail club racers on a tear

Ian CroppVail, CO Colorado

JACKSON HOLE, Wyo. Hunter Schleper has the ability to surprise even his mild-mannered coach, Bruce Knoepfel.On Saturday, Schleper, who skis with Iced Out Racing, took second in a slalom that saw eight seconds of separation between the top 10 racers.Schleper, who finished in 1 minute, 44.94 seconds, just 0.25 seconds behind winner Ryan Wilson, scored 18.56 with the result.Thats unbelievable, Knoepfel said. Its almost unheard of for the top 10 to be eight seconds out.On a heavily injected course, Schleper and Wilson flipped places between the first and second run.It wasnt an even surface it was kind of like racing on a cattle grate, but Hunter is such a good skier, he can adapt, Knoepfel said.The result will likely make Schleper the top-ranked slalom skier for his age in the world, Knoepfel said.

SIERRA NEVADA, Spain Vails Chris DelBosco took fourth in a World Cup skicross race Friday. DelBosco, who competes with the Canadian Olympic Team, won his first heat and then took second in the quarterfinals and semifinals.After five races, DelBosco is ninth in the World Cup standings.

TELLURIDE, Colorado Winning Colorado Ski Cup races in Telluride is nothing new for Erika Ghent or Will Gregorak.The Ski & Snowboard Club Vail athletes found a way to freshen things up in Saturdays slalom, however, by winning big.Ghent came in more than two seconds ahead of second-place finisher Ann West for her third win in as many days. SSCVs Joelle Chevalier was third.On Sunday, Ghent was back to her winning ways again, topping the field in another giant slalom. Ghent had the top two runs and finished almost one second ahead of the second-place finisher. The win gave Ghent a clean sweep of the Colorado Cup races in Telluride. SSCVs Georgia Wettlaufer was fourth in Sundays race.Gregorak, who won a giant slalom Thursday and took second in a giant slalom Friday, won Saturdays slalom by more than one second. SSCVs Sean Cummiskey was third.On Sunday, SSCVs Bryan Shpall led local racers in third, while two of his teammates were in the top 10.

MOUNT HOOD, Ore. Ski & Snowboard Club Vail riders have been dominant all season at the Revolution Tour, and this weekend was no different.Connor Leach and Brennen Swanson took first and third, respectively, in a halfpipe competition Saturday, while Faye Gulini took third in snowboardcross race Friday.Gulini was fourth in the the slopestyle and eighth in the halfpipe.

ASPEN, Colorado Ski & Snowboard Club Vails Heidi Kloser won a moguls competition Feb. 16 in Aspen, adding another podium to her count for the season.Three other SSCV competitors were in the top 10 on the ladies side, while Matt Dillon led the boys in third.On Saturday, it was Kelsey Terans turn to shine as the SSCV competitor won the dual moguls competition. Kloser was third, with Kristi Waring in fourth. On the boys side, Andre Lane was second, followed by Dillon in third.The SSCV Freeride team was also in Aspen and saw plenty of top finishes. Lizzie Seibert was second in a halfpipe, ahead of teammate Katherine Crew (fifth). On the boys side, former SSCV rider Tony Seibert was third and Tanner Coulter was 13th. Tony Seibert was sixth in the slopestyle, while Crew was fourth, Lizzie Seibert was seventh and Kendall Deighan was eighth.Deighan placed third and fifth in a pair of aerials competitions, also.

CRESTED BUTTE, Colorado Vails Terry Seibert took third this weekend at the U.S. Extreme Freeskiing Championships in Crested Butte.Seibert had the second-best first run in the masters women division.In the mens division, Vails Matt Potter placed 26th.Sports Writer Ian Cropp can be reached at 748-2935 or

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