Park City skiers podium at Bogus Basin
Park City Ski and Snowboard
Idaho ski resort Bogus Basin hosted the Intermountain Division under 16 alpine skiing qualifier this past weekend. The three-day Trudi Bolinder Super G speed race series was held February 16-18. Approximately 55 female and 70 male racers from Utah, Idaho and Wyoming competed at the event.
Race organizers had planned to hold women’s and men’s training runs as well as the women’s first race on Saturday. However, Mother Nature had different plans. Despite valiant efforts by the Bogus Basin Ski Education Foundation staff, it was determined that the conditions were too soft for a fair and safe race. The impressive accumulation of powder only permitted racers to ski non-timed inspections runs down Paradise Run.
On Sunday, the plan was to run a women’s race at 10:45 a.m. and a men’s race at 1 p.m. Again, Mother Nature threw a wrench in the schedule.
With more snow overnight, the poor visibility and light snow flurries did not allow the race to start on schedule. After many delays, the women’s race commenced at 1 p.m. with a twice-lowered start. Even with the fog, the girls set the tone for the day as they charged down the course with impressive speed. Skiing the bad-girl line, Mary Bocock of Rowmark earned the top podium spot with a time of 1 minute 9.64 seconds. Mia Hunt of Park City Ski and Snowboard (PCSS) also showed hustle and earned third place. Looking at the U16 field, other notable finishes by PCSS female athletes include Kennedy Heavrin in eighth, and Annika Drivdahl in 10th. For the boys, it was a day of dominance for PCSS. Justin Bigatel, recently home from a competition in Slovenia, won the race with a time of 1:06.78. Letting the skis go, three other PCSS racers earned podium spots with Jack Pollard in second, Gunnar Travis third, and Benny Brown fourth. PCSS showed they have speed with three other racers in the top 15: Tay Polster in seventh, TJ Weaver in eighth, and Dylan Thompson 12th.
With cloudy skies and cold temperatures, the women’s second and final race started late morning Sunday. Mia Hunt of PCSS was fantastically fast, capturing first place with a time of 1:08.73. She shared the podium with teammate Kennedy Heavrin who took fifth. Three other PCSS female racers were in the top 15: Madison Kaiserman eighth, Annika Drivdahl 11th, and Fiona Sawyer 14th. For the men, it was a repeat for Justin Bigatel, winning for the second day in a row. It was another sensational day for PCSS male racers, with Gunnar Travis capturing second and Jack Pollard third. Tay Polster was just off the podium in sixth. Also skiing into points to qualify for champs were: Benny Brown in seventh, TJ Weaver in ninth, and Jake Rogers in 15th.
Despite the difficult weather conditions, Park City Ski and Snowboard alpine racers rose to the top at the Trudi Bolinder Super G qualifier. The next U16 qualifier will be held at Sun Valley Ski Resort March 1-3 with two giant slalom races and one slalom race. For more information on the PCSS alpine program go to: parkcityss.org.
An earlier version of this story misstated the date of the race. It took place February 16-18, not March 16-18.
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