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Local ski racers flourish at Far West Championships

Truckee racer John McGregor of the Tahoe Donner Senior Ski Club competes in one of the two slalom runs during the Far West Championships at Alpine Meadows on Saturday, April 2.

Alpine Meadows recently hosted the Far West Championship Races for the Far West Racing Association, which includes recreational racers from Nevada, Oregon and California.

This year there were 160 skiers and snowboarders from all ages competing in slalom and giant slalom. The racers compete in local leagues in Oregon, at Mammoth Mountain, Sugar Bowl, Alpine Meadows, Northstar, Mt. Rose, Diamond Peak and Squaw Valley throughout the year. At the end of the season in April, the best racers from each league register and compete for awards at the Far West Championships.

The racers are placed in classes based on their ability and past performance, as well as their age and sex. The fastest racers are in class 0, while there are classes for 65 years and above (Super Vet), ages 50-64 (Vet), 18-49 (Open) and 17 and younger (Junior). This allows participants to compete on a more even playing field.

Local racers from the Tahoe Donner Senior Ski Club brought home several medals from the Far West Championships. In both the slalom and the giant slalom, John McGregor (4 Vet Men) finished in first in his class both days, and will be bumped up to 3 Vet Men next year. Other members who fared well were Gail Tierney (7 Super Vet Women), who finished second in the slalom and first in the GS, and Nan Carnal (8 Vet Women), who was second in the slalom and first in the GS.

Racers from the Bota Bagger Ski Club who competed included John Coles (8 Super Vet Men), who was second in the slalom and first in the GS, Jeff McCabe (6 Super Vet Men), who was second in both events, Nancy Ellis (4 Vet Women), who was fifth in the slalom and fourth in the GS, and Bob Ellis (0 Vet Men), who was second in the slalom and third in the GS.

Bill Red (5 Super Vet Men), racing for the Rusty Bindings Ski Club, finished third in the slalom and fifth in the GS.

Next year the Far West Championships will be held at Mammoth Mountain on April 13-15.

and#8212; This article was submitted to Sports Editor Sylas Wright at swright@sierrasun.com.

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