Locals shine in stunning performances
Park City Masters skiers claim podium spots
March 3, 2017
Nordic Valley Ski resort in Eden, Utah hosted this past weekend's showcase of the raw athletic talents of Park City's local masters ski racers. The final Intermountain Masters races in the regular schedule was a two-day race series consisting of a giant slalom and slalom. Stakes were high and expectations even higher as racers of all ages came out to compete for season points, which will culminate in money awards, giveaways and swag at next weekend Finals at Snowbasin Ski Resort.
Saturday's slalom, held under gray skies and day-long snow flurries, provided unexpected outcomes and challenges. The course, set with many left-footed fall aways, took its toll the heaviest on the Class 8 men with half the field not able to put two runs together. Scott McJames, Bill Skinner and Bart Smith, all top contenders, were ejected, tangled and twisted in their quest, leaving the top three spots to first place Dave Goode, Greg Graham (second place) and Brian Kadison (third place).
The final overall top finishers of the day were, Criaig Norton (first), Thunder Jalili (second), Bobby Skinner (third), Mike Falk (fourth), Mark Brower (fifth), Duncan Burns (sixth), Don Sears (seventh) and Vernon Merritt (eighth).
On the women’s side, young gun Beth Sarazine threw down two sizzling runs to capture the first place women’s overall title, followed by Nancy Auseklis in second place and Amy Lanzel in third. Special mention to Ellen Hendrickson who just missed the podium, but with two exceptional runs, captured the overall win in her age class.
Saturday's giant slalom races were not for the timid. Clear cold skies and sunshine on soft snow left course conditions eroding over time and tested the best of best.
Newcomer Peter Papineau Jr. took charge and ruled the day, finishing four-plus seconds ahead of the rest of the field. It was not an easy feat, at one point managing to stay up by lifting his left leg almost to shoulder height and overcoming multiple rough ruts on the steep sections. Like father like son, Peter Papineau Sr. also awed onlookers with an athletic hip check recovery, making the super seed along with his young son and taking eighth place overall.
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Jalili was the men's second-place overall winner, while Burns narrowly defeated Falk to round out the men's podium.
The women's side, once again, had Sarazine from Ogden taking first-place honors, with Lanzel and Auseklis to round out the podium.
Next up is the Intermountain Masters season finale at Snowbasin Resort. Contact Bill Skinner for information and to sign up at email@example.com.