Another season in the books, and while you'd think us Southeast skiers (and boarders) would be used to our whirlwind seasons, its always crazy how fast it goes by! Here's a recap for those who missed it:
We started 2018 off with our annual pilgrimage up to Sunday River in Bethel, Maine, where we spent a week training with Gould Academy, shredding some pow, and getting hyped for another semester of Vasst.
Our first race of the season was a huge success, with both men and women skiers placing 2nd in the slalom event as well as GS for the men, and women sweeping 1st for the GS the following day. As for the boarders, our ladyboarders came in hot and claimed their first win of the season in the GS event, and manboarders earned 2nd.
Instead of sandy beaches and waves and sun, going to the "Beech" for our second race weekend entailed another trip down to North Carolina in January. Our men and women skiers both came in 2nd in the GS event, with men coming in 2nd in slalom and women in 3rd. Our manboarders came in 4th in both the Slopestyle and GS events, while our ladyboarders won both (!!!). Our one-woman-slopestyle ski team, Alex Oberg, also competed and earned 5th all by herself!
Our first Virginia race of the season was a blast, particularly because many parents came to support with tailgates full of fried chicken, burgers, and Costco cheese plates. While women skiers won slalom and ladyboards won GS, some would say the biggest win of the day was our UVA basketball team beating Duke on the road, and afterwards gloating to all Duke skiers in the general vicinity. Our men skiers came in 2nd for slalom and GS, and manboarders earned 4th for GS.
Bryce Weekend #1
And we're back to our favorite Motel 6 in Mount Jackson, Virginia! Inexcusable amounts of Sheetz and Denny's may have done us dirty, but it definitely didn't show in this weeks results. Our first weekend at the lovely resort of Bryce included two days of GS for skiers and GS and slalom, a relatively new endeavor, for our boarders. Men's skiers earned 4th both days, with captain Jimmy Waldo winning on the second day! Women's skiers improved from 3rd on the first day to 2nd the next, with another win by 4th year Haley Hopkinson. Nan Sowers lead the ladyboarders swept 1st (again, they rock) in GS and 2nd in slalom, and manboarders nailed 2nd for both. Special shoutout to even more parents who came to watch and feed us, we love you!
Back for more at Bryce resort, skiers competed in a dual slalom event Saturday and regular slalom on Sunday, and boarders competed in slopestyle and GS. Our golden boy, Jimmy Waldo, won the dual slalom event, and led his team to finish 3rd in the slalom event. Women skiers placed 2nd in slalom, and ladyboarder Kaleigh Smith won first in the Rail Jam! Go hoos baby
Thank you all for an incredible season, and look out for results as we head to our USCSA Regionals competition this weekend!