Park City Ski Team hosts Divisional Championships
Local youth athletes claim podium finishes
Park City Mountain Resort (PCMR) and the Park City Ski Team (PCST) hosted top athletes from across three states for the Intermountain Division Championships on March 17-19. Two-hundred athletes and several hundred spectators gathered at the base of PCMR’s race arena to contest giant slalom, slalom and dual races over the three-day event.
Racers qualified for the championship based on their results over the season, with athletes selected equally from the IMD South Series of Utah and the IMD North Series of Wyoming and Idaho. Park City Ski Team qualified almost all its U12 athletes, generating over half of Utah’s championship team.
Races kicked off on Friday in classic spring conditions under bluebird skies and atop crisp corduroy snow. Temperatures rose quickly to highs in the mid-60s, and the course softened throughout the day.
On Friday, racers contested in the giant slalom, with a combined two-run time determining winners. For the U10 Women’s races, Beatrice Martin of Snowbird placed first. Top PCST athletes included Talise Larsh (third) and Mackenzie Meirowitz (13th). Among U12 Women, Elisabeth Bocock of Snowbird posted the fastest time. Park City Ski Team racers Skylar Sheppard (third) and Annika Hunt (fourth) took top podium spots, while several other teammates claimed Top-15 finishes, including Wynter Probert (seventh), Morrison Travis (eighth), MacLaren Tyrrell (ninth) and Great Goldsmith (12th).
For the U10 Men’s races in giant slalom, Rowmark’s Jack Hoffman placed first on Friday. Several PCST athletes landed in the Top 10, including Lee Curtis (fifth), Ian Marsland (sixth), Zeke Sherman (eighth) and Vince Billanti (10th). Among U12 Men, Sebastian Brunner from Jackson Hole placed first, sharing the podium with PCST athletes Daniel Macuga (second) and Cayan Winans (third). Several other PCST athletes were close behind, including Gabriel Sullivan (sixth), Michael Grossniklaus (seventh), Drew Dana (10th) and Dylan Penze (15th).
On Saturday, racers contested the slalom races, with a combined two-run time determining winners. For the U10 Women’s division, Park City’s Talise Larsh placed first and teammate Mackenzie Meirowitz placed ninth. In the U12 division, Paige DeHart of Sun Valley placed first, sharing the podium with Park City athletes Skylar Sheppard (third), MacLaren Tyrrell (fourth) and Wynter Probert (fifth). Rounding out the top 10 were three more PCST racers; Sophie Neff (eighth), Stella Buchheister (ninth) and Morrison Travis (10th).
On the U10 Men’s side in slalom, Declan White of Teton Valley placed first, while Park City racers with top-15 finishes included Lee Curtis (eighth), John Scanlan (12th) and Zeke Sherman (15th). Among U12 Men, Sebastian Brunner of Jackson Hole again claimed the top spot, sharing the slalom podium with PCST athletes Griffen Rogers (third), Gabriel Sullivan (fourth) and Michael Grossniklaus (fifth). Rounding out the top 10 were Park City racers Drew Dana (eighth) and Wade Kelly (ninth).
On Sunday, racers contested in the dual giant slalom event, in which two racers simultaneously run side-by-side. All racers completed both courses in the morning during the qualifying rounds. Only the top eight racers in each division qualified to continue to the afternoon ladders, with finalists undertaking a grueling test of up to eight consecutive race runs.
Park City Ski Team athletes won three of the four dual divisions contested. For the U10 Women, Park City’s Talise Larsh topped the podium and for the U10 Men, Park City’s Lee Curtis placed first, with teammate Vince Billanti in second. For the U12 Women, Maya Lightner from Sun Valley took first place, and PCST’s Wynter Probert took fourth. In the U12 Men’s division, Park City Ski Team took three of the top podium spots, with Jonathan Brain in first, Drew Dana in third and Gabriel Sullivan in fourth.
On Sunday afternoon, Park City’s U12/U10 championship team gathered for its last race-day Team Circle of the season. Coaches praised athletes’ teamwork, sportsmanship and spirit, as well as congratulated the team as a whole for its performance over the weekend. Race crew, parents and athletes were all thanked for their hospitality as hosts of a festive and well run Intermountain Division Championship event.
Park City Ski Team will continue training until PCMR lifts close in April, and then prepare for summer camps at Mammoth, California, and Mt. Hood, Oregon. To learn more about the Park City Ski Team, please visit parkcityskiteam.org.
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The boys are members of the USA Nordic combined national team, and have recently been accepted into the World Class Athletes Program (WCAP) offered by the Army. They’ve completed basic training and are now focusing on the upcoming season before resuming their duties to their country.