Val Valley preps: Racers roll in Aspen
VAIL – Local prep alpine racers came up huge at Friday’s giant slalom in Aspen, winning the boys and girls giant slalom where next month’s state meet is scheduled.
Battle Mountain’s Brinton Barry won the boys, with cousin Charlie Barry trailing in a photo finish.
The Battle Mountain sophomore won the giant slalom on the same Aspen Mountain course where the state finals will be contested next month.
He’s happy to have the win, but the state races are a different matter entirely, he said.
“It was the first time racing on that course, and I like it,” Brinton said. “But everyone likes a course when they ski well.”
Vail Mountain School’s Eva Spaeh, a junior, won the ladies division by almost 2 seconds with a blistering second run.
“The team did pretty well overall, and Eva was particularly impressive. She had a more aggressive second run and blasted the whole field by 1.9 seconds,” said VMS alpine coach Francois Nanin.
Battle Mountain bustin’ out
Battle Mountain’s season is going well because they started right, training every day at Beaver Creek, hammering technique, working the weight room – all the stuff you do when you’re serious about winning, said Huskies coach Simon Marsh.
So far, it’s working out.
The Huskies have qualified 15 girls and six boys for next month’s state championships, and won’t rest until they get everyone else into the start house.
“We’re trying to get everyone qualified,” Marsh said. “It’s a big group effort because it’s a big group. The whole team is 43 skiers strong.”
Battle Mountain’s girls have finished no lower than third and the boys have been either first or second every time out.
Brinton Barry and his cousin Charlie Barry hammer each other like only family can.
“It’s pretty competitive between us. No matter who’s there, I consider him one of the people I have to beat if I’m going to finish well,” Brinton said.
Brinton also won the season opener giant slalom in Loveland earlier this month, and was second in the slalom in Winter Park two weeks ago. In each race, Charlie was right behind him.
It’s good to be a Huskies skier this season, Marsh says, but it’s not good enough. Not yet.
“We think we can show a lot of progress, even toward the end of the season. That’s what we’re looking forward to,” Marsh said.
Local prep alpine teams are at Ski Cooper on Friday, then at home on Golden Peak, Feb. 4.
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