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PC skiers dominate Youth Race League

Submitted by Park City Ski Team

Skylar Sheppard cruises to a victory in the under-10 division at the Rich Miller Memorial Youth Ski League race at PCMR. Photo courtesy of Andrew Sheppard

Park City Farm Team and Park City Ski Team skiers claimed almost all the podium spaces and dominated all the age categories when 307 ski racers competed at the Youth Ski League (YSL) giant slalom race at Park City Mountain Resort on Saturday, Jan. 25. In the girls’ under-8 division, the Park City Farm Team swept the podium with Annika Hunt, Charlie Iacobelli and Stella Buchheister. In the U8 boys’ division Wade Kelly and Jurgen Cox took first and second for the Park City Farm Team.

One of the fastest times of the day came from Skylar Sheppard on the Park City Farm Team. She won the U10 girls’ race, and her blazing time placed her among the boys. Lindsay Aten and Fiona Sawyer, both of the Park City Farm Team, took second and third. In the U10 boys’ race Park City Ski Team took first and third with Dillon Bush and Harry Hoffman.

Finally, in the U12 division, the Park City Ski Team again swept the podium with Alyssa Gorsch, Kathrin Nixon and Kendall Keblish. The fastest time of the day came in the U12 boys where Colin Van Valkenburgh took first, followed by Benjamin Brown in second (both Park City Ski Team).

The weather was magnificent and the conditions stellar for the race, which was the first Youth Ski League race of the season. For many of the children, this was their first race experience, maybe even their first times navigating a real GS course from start to finish. From the many smiling faces in the finish area it seemed like it was a fun experience for most. Like one little girl said after finishing her run: "Can I go and do it again?"

The next Youth Ski League event is scheduled for Brighton Ski Area on Feb. 8.