Viele takes GS for third win of the season |

Viele takes GS for third win of the season

Nate Peterson

David Viele loves the Vail Town Race Series because it gives him an opportunity each week to put everything aside and just let it all hang for half a minute.

“I devoted so much of my life to ski racing that, if I don’t have that outlet, the rest of my life just doesn’t seem right,” said Viele, a former C-Teamer on the U.S. Skiing Team who skied collegiately at Dartmouth. “I think it’s absolutely essential.”

With that being said, Viele also likes to win, which he did for the third time this season, claiming Wednesday’s giant slalom – the fifth race of the VTRS season -with a time of 30.65 seconds.

Despite the fresh snow from the night before, Wednesday’s course on Golden Peak was greased up after inspection and slipping, and produced some fast times.’s Christian Questad finished second to Viele with a time of 30.73 and Nate Asoian of the Corral Creek Crew team finished third at 31.03.

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“It was more technical today,” said Viele. “More turns, more speed into the turns – basically just a lot more fun. By the time we were running, we were down to the hard stuff. The visibility wasn’t that bad, either. It got progressively worse throughout the day, but when we were skiing this morning, it was fine.”

The squad still holds a comfortable lead over the rest of the field in the team competition, but with three races left, things still could get interesting.

In the individual divisions, Jo-Ellen Rowley won the women’s A class, edging out Janel Ippolito with a time of 34.01. Paul Smith took the men’s A class, running a time of 33.74 and Asoian’s third-place overall finish was also good enough for first place in the men’s B class division.

Along with Viele winning the men’s open class, Pavla Raclavaska of the Ski and Snowboard Club Vail Alpine team claimed the women’s open class win, running a time of 33.34 seconds.

The Vail Town Race Series continues next Wednesday with another GS on the Golden Peak course, starting at 10 a.m.

Nate Peterson is a sports writer for the Vail Daily. He can be reached at (970) 949-0555 ext. 608 or via e-mail at

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