SNOWBASIN -- The Ogden Valley Ski Team -- formerly the Snowbasin Alpine Team -- is already making marks as it kicks off the USSA Intermountain Division (IMD) race season.
This is the second season the team has been affiliated with the Ogden Valley Winter Sports Foundation, and the first season under program director Gordon Perry. With unparalleled training facilities at Wolf Mountain and Snowbasin Ski Resort, the program is garnering lots of positive buzz within the IMD.
The season opened for the Junior Olympic (JO) racers at the Eric Hays Memorial Race held at Park City Mountain Resort on Dec. 16-19, skiing both giant slalom and slalom. All athletes improved their FIS standings. Notably, in the male J2 (ages 15-16) class, Davis Anderson had finishes in the top 20 in both giant slalom and slalom.
On Jan. 15-17, the JO racers headed to Jackson, Wyo., for the Wes Barron Speed Series, IMD Open Super G at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. In the female J2 class, Kelci Huffaker took sixth place on Saturday and seventh place on Monday. On Saturday, J2 racer Tommy Franquelin placed seventh, and J3 (ages 13-14) racers Eric Anderson and Ryan Totman placed 11th and 13th, respectively.
On Jan. 15-16, the junior varsity racers opened at Snowbasin Ski Resort, skiing giant slalom both days, in the first South Series race of the season. In the female J3 class, athlete Fiona Boomer took silver both days, and Sarah Williams placed fifth on Saturday.
In the female J4 (ages 11-12) class, Laura Anderson took silver on Saturday and fifth on Sunday, and Ruby Marden took the gold on Sunday. In the female J5 (ages 9-10) class, athlete Katie Townsend placed third on Saturday and second on Sunday, Abi Guimond placed fourth on Saturday, eighth on Sunday, and Hallie Miller placed ninth on Saturday and took the gold on Sunday. Female J6 (ages 6-8) athlete Mikayla Guimond placed first on Saturday.
Also on Saturday, in the male J3 class, Carter Bisk placed fourth, Merrick Flygare placed sixth, Jackson Buttschardt placed seventh, and Sean Kenney finished ninth. In the male J4 class, athlete Josh Almony placed third, Jack Davis placed 10th, Chase Miller placed 13th, and Cooper Harrison finished 14rh.
In the male J5 class, Christian Belmont and Bridger Harrison placed third and fourth, respectively, and Tommy Walsh placed 13th. Male J6 athlete Luke Kaschmitter took the gold both Saturday and Sunday, and Shane Petrey placed second on Sunday.
Also on Sunday in the male J4 class, Cooper Harrison, Jack Davis, and Josh Almony placed eighth, ninth, and 10th respectively. In the male J5 class, Bridger Harrison placed second, and Tommy Walsh placed 13th.
Next up, the JO racers head to Sun Valley, Idaho, on Jan. 21-23, for the Laura Flood Memorial race. The Youth Ski League opens Jan. 22, at Park City Mountain Resort for the Rich Miller Memorial Giant Slalom race. The next South Series race for the JV athletes is Jan. 29-30, when they travel to the Canyons Resort for the Summit slaloms.