Incline’s Baker has moguls season to remember
Heavenly skier Taryn Baker of Incline Village finished her near perfect season at Squaw Valley’s Spring Mogul Mania.
“It was the most fun (competition) because it signals the end of the season,” said the 16-year-old Baker. “It was the best season I’ve had.”
This was the second competition hosted by a Far West team this year because of low snow amounts and was attended mostly by Squaw Valley and Heavenly team members, with a few competitors from Park City.
“It was nice to see other mountains come up and be part of our competition,” Baker said.
Baker finished first in Saturday’s single moguls and second in Sunday’s duals as part of the J2 age group. Not counting Junior Nationals, the second-place finished was her only loss of the 2013-2014 season.
Baker travels and trains all year for skiing and started this year early with the opportunity for early-season training in Vail in November. She attended competitions in Canada and the East Coast in December while the West was still waiting for decent snowfall. She also qualified to compete in the NorAm tour, which is made up of the top development skiers as well as internationals competitors, including the Australian and Japanese national teams. In March, Baker placed fifth at the Junior Nationals in Park City.
Baker attends Incline High School, which offers a ski academy that gives excused absences for students who miss school to travel for competitions. The school offers customized curriculum and the teachers are available to meet with students after school hours.
“The thing about Incline is, the teachers are really nice about it and let me make up work in the spring,” Baker said.
In June, Baker will attend the young guns program at the U.S. Center for Excellence in Park City. Only six girls in the country qualify for the program that allows young skiers to train with the U.S. Ski Team.
“I’m really excited to get all the same opportunities as the pros,” Baker said. “Hopefully, I want to go to the Olympics. But before that, I want to go to the World Cup and ski all around the world and be part of the U.S. Ski Team.”