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Vail Cup features youngest talent in valley

Ryan Slabaugh

The field, ranging from 5- to 14-year-old ski racers, allowed kids from Vail’s DEVO program, Beaver Creek’s BEVO club and Ski and Snowboard Club Vail’s J6, J5 and J4 kids to race in a laid-back format.

“On the same course with the young kids just getting into racing are the 13-14 year olds with loads of experience,” said Simon Marsh, who heads the competition and the First Tracks program, a combination of the three clubs. “We have so many categories, it’s hard to single out one person for doing well. We ran two runs and, if somebody did bad on the first run, they could go out and win the second one.”

In the early days of youth skiing, the program was called Gravity Corps and was limited to just skiing. Now with racing, free-skiing and freestyle competions broadening the range and abilities of the competitors, Marsh said the numbers are booming.

The next race will be a slalom held Feb. 16 at Black Forest. The final event is scheduled for March 30 and will feature a duel giant slalom on Golden Peak. Events will begin at 10 a.m. Contact Marsh at 476-5119 ext. 119 for more information. Registration is allowed up to the day before the race.

Ryan Slabaugh is a sports writer for the Vail Daily. Contact him at (970) 949-0555 ext. 608 or at rslabaugh@vaildaily.com.