Fifty of California and Nevada’s fastest U14 ski racers were invited to spend a weekend racing and training at Sugar Bowl for the 2013 Far West Performance Camp from March 15-17.
Olympian Daron Rahlves, a World Cup alpine race champion and the most decorated American downhill and super G skier in history, was on hand to offer advice to the young racers.
The three-day weekend consisted of training each morning with coaches from throughout the Far West division and racing each afternoon in slalom, giant slalom, and super G.
Diamond Peak Ski Team qualified six of its 20 U14 athletes — Casey Delaney, Noah Clearly, Corey Huber, Payton Norton, Winston Pretti and Madison Idso — to attend the invitation-only event.
Pretti slayed the competition to become the top point-getter, taking first overall for the weekend’s events. Teammate Casey Delaney was right behind, in an impressive display of Diamond Peak’s strength.
Pretti took first in Friday’s GS race, fourth in Saturday’s slalom competition and seventh in the super G on Sunday. Delaney took second in GS, third in slalom and sixth in super G. Huber had his best race weekend of the season (fourth, 15th and eighth).
Noah Cleary (ninth, fifth and 19th) and Payton Norton (sixth and 10th) rounded out the mens’ field of the Diamond Peak Performance Camp athletes.
Madison Idso was Diamond Peak’s only female Performance Camp qualifier. She finished 12th, 13th and 14th over the weekend.
The whole squad of Diamond Peak’s U14 racers will return to Sugar Bowl for the four-day Far West Championships starting April 4. The North meets the South and Central divisions to compete in all four ski racing events.
This article was submitted by the Diamond Peak Ski Education Foundation to Sports Editor Sylas Wright at firstname.lastname@example.org.