Will McDonald carves around a gate at Park City Mountain Resort during a Town Race Series giant slalom race. McDonald won the men s overall title. Photo
Will McDonald carves around a gate at Park City Mountain Resort during a Town Race Series giant slalom race. McDonald won the men s overall title. Photo courtesy of Ben Pieper

A nice dusting of snow on Monday and Tuesday made for great conditions for the last Town Race Series event of the season at Park City Mountain Resort on Wednesday, March 12.

Held at the Eagle Race Arena, competitors had a nice track to ski down for the giant slalom race and sunny skies to light the way.

The fourth in a four-race races, Park City Ski Team director Jesse Hunt said the event was blessed with great conditions all season.

"We had some great weather for the races and the best conditions of any of the years we've run this," he said. "It would freeze up at night and the way it grooved out was better than it has been in the past."

In its fourth year, the Town Race Series was as popular as ever, Hunt said. But, he added, he'd like to see even more people participate next year.

"It was a real mix between guys in their early-20s and early-30s dominating the platinum categories," he said. "But we are light in the bronze, silver and gold categories, relative to where I'd like to be."

Hunt says there's no need to be a former World Cup racer (though former Olympian Heidi Voelker-Brennwald was the pacesetter for the series) there are awards for all ages and all abilities.

"We need more entry-level and intermediate-level recreational skiers," he said. "That's something we'd really love to see more of in the future."

Will McDonald dominated all season long, winning the men's overall title in runaway fashion.

"This was Will's first time earning the honor," Hunt said.


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"He won all four races this year he was pretty dominant."

On the women's side, Abbi Lathrop, a Town Race veteran, took home top honors for the females.

"Abbi Lathrop has won it before at least once, maybe twice," Hunt said.

Team Lathrop, made up of Abbi Lathrop, Jenny Lathrop, John Buchar and John Martz won the overall team title.

The races, which will return next winter, are for skiers of all ages, Hunt added.

"Lambert Deegan won the oldest skier, at 86 years old," he said. "He was definitely doing a great job and showing his stuff. He's very resilient."

Thanks to a few key sponsors, Hunt said the races are able to be the high-quality, fun events Parkites have come to expect.

"Cole Sport and The Corner Store do a great job sponsoring the event for us," he said. "We certainly appreciate them, along with Park City Mountain Resort for hosting the event."