Andrew Miller blazes to alpine SG wins |

Andrew Miller blazes to alpine SG wins

Submitted by Park City Ski Team

Andrew Miller races down the hill on his way to winning the Wes Barron super-G overall title in Jackson Hole, Wyo. Photo courtesy of Greg Miller

The Jackson Hole Ski Club hosted the annual Wes Barron Memorial alpine super-G races at Teton Village Jan. 18-20. The field was 280 racers strong for the three-race series, with most of the skiers coming from the Intermountain Division. The track record of great competition at the venue also attracted a contingent from Colorado and some came from as far away as Alaska to attend.

Speed was the ticket as young racers were introduced to their first real opportunity of the season to go fast in a protected venue. The race hill and snow conditions were excellent and the weather was glorious for three consecutive days of competition. The Park City Ski Team attended with 50 athletes and returned home with a ton of thrills. For some racers, it was a first-time affair and for others, it was a return to the familiar with high-speed turns. However, for all, it was a test of courage as they descended a steep and intimidating "Moran Face" and blind turns over "Deer Bump."

The results were strong for the Park City Ski Team as Andrew Miller dominated the boys’ side with two wins, a second place and the award for the overall winner of the series. On the girls’ side, it was Claire Thomas who lead the PCST effort with a top-three finish and two additional top-five finishes during the series. Other PCST athletes that made the top 10 during the series were Nicole Greene, Alix Wilkinson, Calvin Wilson, Aydon Lee and Connor Flynn.

In the under-14 age category, top results came from Ben Lawson and Robbie Allison on the boys side and on the girls side from Alix Wilkinson, Gabby Nixon, Natalie Fink and Shaye Henderson.

The next races for the U14 athletes will be slalom qualifiers in Jackson Hole, Wyo. The U16s will have two slaloms and one giant slalom in Sun Valley, Idaho, from Jan. 31 to Feb. 2.