Locals speedy in championships
Ski racing is alive and well. That was the consensus at Sugar Bowl Ski Resort as the Far West J4/J5 Championships electrified the slopes March 31 through April 3.
In a rare and exciting occurence, the super G event was held on Rahlves Run, a sanctioned world cup super G course that runs from the top of Mt. Lincoln. The Championships also featured a full menu of races, including slalom, giant slalom, big G and dual GS.
The most exciting moment of the four-day event was the appearance by World Cup national champion, and local hero Daron Rahlves. Rahlves drove directly from Mammoth Mountain, after winning the giant slalom at Nationals on Saturday morning, to assist in the awards ceremony that evening. The junior racers were thrilled at the opportunity to meet the champion after racing on his namesake, “Rahlves Run.”
Far West J4/J5 racers are elite skiers typically ages 9-12. Junior ski teams from all over the west were represented among the more than 400 racers at Sugar Bowl. Several Truckee and North Tahoe skiers took top honors during the four days, including; Dylan Murtha, Mikaela Arnstein, Mackenzie Spaich, Bryce Bennet, Nico Monforte, Lila Lapanja, Lena Andrews, Grace Dolan, Calvin Brady, Morganne Murphy, Samantha Hall, Max Hall, Frank Gibbs, Jacqueline Lebel, Maclane Brady, Brigette Lebel and Sonia Giacomazzi. To see complete images from all four days of racing, go to http://www.vsnvideo.com. To see complete results from the races go to http://www.farwest.org.
The Far West J4/J5 Championships were hosted by Sugar Bowl Ski Resort and the Sugar Bowl Ski Team Foundation and Academy. The Sugar Bowl Ski Team is a community dedicated to the development of the whole child: mind, body and spirit. The Ski Team was recently honored with the National Positive Coaching Alliance Award for its commitment to fair play, good sportsmanship and the development of individuals and societies in a way that advances the human condition. For further information on the Sugar Bowl Ski Team and Academy, contact Bill Hudson, Executive Director, at (530) 426-6771 ” http://www.sbst.org, or Paul Hancock at (530) 426-1844 ” http://www.sbacademy.org .
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