Summit Ski Team earns six podiums |

Summit Ski Team earns six podiums

Submitted by Kirsta Bleyle Albert

Park City’s Summit Ski Team (SST) members reached the top of the podium six times in slalom and giant slalom competitions held at Snowbird and Snowbasin resorts Feb. 23 and 24.

On Feb. 23, at the USSA Intermountain Division South Series held at Snowbird, SST skiers Annika Drivdahl, Vera Meyre and Maggie Fogarty placed ninth, 10th & 12th, respectively, in the U10 ladies’ giant slalom, while Park City Ski Team (PCST) racer Brynne Hitchcock claimed first in the U12 ladies’ giant slalom and SST member Sydney Weaver placed eighth.

In the U10 men’s giant slalom, SST athletes Tyler Young and TJ Weaver took sixth and ninth, and SST member Jacob Hamblin earning 10th place in the U14+ men’s giant slalom.

At Snowbird on Feb. 24, SST athlete Emmerson Ryan took fifth in the U10 ladies’ slalom, while Sydney Weaver made her way to the top step of the podium for her second win of the year in the U12 ladies’ slalom, and SST athletes Tyler Young, TJ Weaver and Damian Jones took third, fourth and sixth place respectively in the U10 men’s slalom.

"Based on the past few weeks of competition, we’re definitely showing our continued maturity and evolution through grit and determination this season," said Summit Ski Team Director Matt Brown. "We’re grateful for the support of home mountain, Canyons, and know training on their expansive terrain has given us an edge in terms of speed and agility. The Utah Olympic Park and PCMR have also provided outstanding training facilities for our team."

Showing their strength at Snowbasin during the USSA Intermountain Division Youth Ski League (YSL), SST athletes Paige Laakso, Maya Hendler, Tatum Carter, Keegan Fitlow and Marlee Fitlow claimed the fifth through ninth spots in the U8 ladies’ giant slalom, with Park City Farm Team’s Skylar Sheppard claiming first. In the U10 ladies’ giant slalom, Carly McAleer, Shelby Oraskovich and Amber Howard took fifth, ninth and tenth, while Park City Farm Team athlete Lindsey Aten placed first. SST’s Sky Jalili took first in the U12 ladies’ giant slalom, with teammates Zoe Sheinberg, Emma Groves and Jade Moffat claiming seventh, eighth and 10th place respectively.

In the U8 men’s giant slalom, Gabriel Sullivan and Bode Monninger claimed the third and sixth spots, while Park City Farm Team member Jett Sheppard took first place. SST’s Brendan Friberg took eighth in the U10 men’s giant slalom, with Park City Farm Team member Stefan Brennwald taking first. SST athletes Jacob Butler, Brayden Drury and Ben Blanken rounded out the day, earning second, fifth and eighth place in the U12 men’s giant slalom. Summit Ski Team will host the YSL Championships at Canyons Resort on March 9 and 10.

This weekend, SST athletes will compete in the final U14 super G qualifier in Snowbasin before the championships in Sun Valley. Brown is optimistic that at least seven SST athletes will qualify. The team’s U16 athletes will be racing at Park City Mountain Resort, and the club anticipates these skiers will achieve some of their best results this season.

SST is also proud to announce the 11 team members who have qualified for the Intermountain Division Championships March 15-17 at Park City Mountain Resort: U10 girls Emmerson Ryan, Annika Drivdahl and Vera Meyre; U12 girls Sydney Weaver, Annabel Jorgensen, Brooke Walterson and Lucie Meyre; U10 boys Tucker Lee, Tyler Young and TJ Weaver; and U12 boys Jacob Stone.

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