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Vonn returns to Europe, begins training By Andrew Dampf AP SPORTS WRITER

Lindsey Vonn is feeling better and has returned to Europe to train. Meanwhile, it’s less likely Bode Miller will race this season. Vonn started training for a return to the World Cup circuit after a midseason break to recover from an intestinal illness. Rainer Salzgeber, the racing director of Vonn’s equipment supplier Head, told The Associated Press that the four-time overall winner arrived in Austria on Wednesday and began light training on Thursday. He said Vonn plans to race in the downhill and super-G on Jan. 12-13 in St. Anton, Austria. Miller still hasn’t started training, working his way back after left knee surgery at the end of last season. Salzgeber said Miller was still expected back in Europe at the end of the month, but likely won’t race this season. “I don’t know what he expects, but I don’t expect it,” Salzgeber said. Vonn has not competed since falling in the opening run of a giant slalom Dec. 16 in Courchevel, France. After that event, the American announced she was going home to recover from an intestinal illness that landed her in the hospital in November. Vonn is training in Hinterreit, the Austrian resort where she crashed badly in training two seasons ago and sustained a concussion. This week, ski technician Heinz Haemmerle joined her at the resort. “Heinz said she did a lot of free skiing today, and did some (giant slalom),” Salzgeber said. “The plan has always been for her to come back at St. Anton.” U.S. women’s head coach Alex Hoedlmoser wouldn’t confirm Vonn’s return in St. Anton. “We all want her to come back

and she obviously wants to race but it will depend on how well things are going during training the next couple of days,” he said. “The first downhill training is (next) Thursday, so there is no hurry. We still have some time left.” A return at the Austria events would mean Vonn will miss a total of six races, leaving little chance of defending her overall title. She has dropped from fourth to sixth in the standings, trailing leader Tina Maze of Slovenia by 725 points. After St. Anton, the women have a slalom in Flachau, Austria, followed by more speed races next weekend in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy. It remains unclear if Vonn will enter every event the rest of the season. “That depends on how it goes,” Salzgeber said. However, returning in St. Anton — on a course Vonn has won on before — gives her plenty of time to get back into top form for the season’s highlight, the world championships Feb. 5-17 in Schladming, Austria. A year before the Sochi Olympics, Vonn will be looking to regain the downhill and super-G world titles that Austria’s Elisabeth Goergl took from her in 2011 when Vonn was slowed by the concussion. Last November, Vonn stayed two nights in a hospital in Vail, Colo., after suffering from severe intestinal pain. She returned to the circuit and won three consecutive races in Lake Louise, Alberta. Vonn also won a super-G on Dec. 8 in St. Moritz, Switzerland, but struggled in her last three races. She had an uncharacteristic fall in downhill, her best event, in Val d’Isere, France. With 57 career wins, Vonn needs just five more to match alltime leader Annemarie MoserProell of Austria.

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Lindsey Vonn speeds down the course on her way to winning a women’s World Cup super-G in St. Moritz, Switzerland, on Dec. 8.

Saban, Kelly lead ‘Bama and ND out of darkness By Ralph D. Russo

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — There were some dark days at Notre Dame and Alabama, dark years really, during which two of college football’s proudest programs flailed and foundered. Notre Dame won the national championship in 1988, then spent much of the next two decades running through coaches — four if you count the guy who never coached a game — and drifting between mediocre and pretty good. Alabama won the national championship in 1992, then spent the next 15 years running through coaches — four if you count the guy who never coached a game — and drifting between mediocre and pretty good. As the 21st century dawned, the Fighting Irish and the Crimson Tide were old news, stodgy remnants of a glorious past, not moving fast enough to keep up with the times, and searching for someone to lead them back to the top.

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Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly speaks to reporters after arriving in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Wednesday. Notre Dame takes on Alabama in the BCS national championship game Monday in Miami. “It parallels Notre Dame to a tee,” said Paul Finebaum, who has covered Alabama as a newspaper reporter and radio show host for more than 30 years. “The attitude was ‘We’re Alabama. We don’t have to do what others are doing. We’ll win because of our tradition.’ Finally everyone passed Alabama.”

And Notre Dame. Then along came Nick Saban and Brian Kelly to knock off the rust, fine tune the engines and turn the Crimson Tide and Fighting Irish into the sharpest machines in college football again. No. 1 Notre Dame and No. 2 Alabama meet Monday night in

Miami in a BCS championship between two titans not all that far removed from tough times. “The pendulum swings,” said former Alabama coach Gene Stallings, the last Tide coach before Saban to bring home a national title. “You don’t stay good forever. You don’t stay bad forever.”

Of course, Alabama and Notre Dame fans aren’t real comfortable with the first part of that statement. The Crimson Tide and Fighting Irish were perennial national championship contenders for decades. For Alabama, replacing Bear proved difficult. Paul Bryant won six national championships in 25 years as the coach in Tuscaloosa, and when he stepped down the Crimson Tide felt compelled to bring back one of his boys to replace him. Ray Perkins was hired away from the New York Giants, and spent four years at Alabama before going back to the NFL. Alabama tried going outside the family and hired Bill Curry. He lasted three years, before leaving for Kentucky. “You follow somebody like Coach Bryant, it’s an extremely difficult situation,” Stallings said. Stallings played for Bryant at Texas A&M, coached under him at Alabama and even sounded a bit like the Bear with his baritone Dark days, page A36

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Mikaela Shiffrin, of Eagle-Vail, speeds toward the finish line en route to winning a women’s World Cup slalom in Zagreb, Croatia, on Friday.

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Shiffrin surges to second World Cup win By Eric Willemsen ASSOCIATED PRESS

ZAGREB, Croatia — Mikaela Shiffrin is living up to her billing as skiing’s next big star. The 17-year-old captured a slalom by a massive 1.19-second margin Friday night, becoming the first American woman to win two World Cup races before turning 18. Her first career victory came last month in Sweden. “Everything went really well today,” said Shiffrin, who had the fastest time in both runs. “It felt great.” She leads the World Cup slalom standings and even overtook Lindsey Vonn as the top American in the overall standings. Vonn resumed training Thursday after a monthlong break from the circuit but skipped this race.

Shiffrin has 426 points overall to 414 for Vonn. Both are way behind leader Tina Maze of Slovenia, who has 1,139 points despite going out in the second run Friday. “It’s definitely one of my goals to win the slalom title,” Shiffrin said. “And then the GS (giant slalom) title, and sometime the overall. Right now, I am taking it day by day and race by race.” The overall crown might take some because Shiffrin competes only in the technical disciplines. But for now she is in the midst of a breakthrough season after becoming the youngest woman since 1977 to win two slalom races in one season. She also has six more top-10 finishes. “I had a tricky time last year, a couple of races where I straddled (a gate),” Shiffrin said. “This year I fixed that and have found my

groove.” Shiffrin leads the slalom standings with 336 points, followed by Veronika Velez Zuzulova of Slovakia with 312 and Maze with 310. Shiffrin led by nearly a half second after the first run and extended her advantage in the second, finishing in a combined 2 minutes, 1.73 seconds. “I was just letting my skis taking me to the bottom, and that is what I am looking for,” she said. She became the youngest winner in nine editions of the Zagreb event, which is billed as the Snow Queen Trophy. The winner is awarded a crown of glass and a robe. The crown, however, broke into pieces in a box. “I think I have a new Halloween costume for next year,” Shiffrin said. “First I need to glue (the crown) back together.”

Shiffrin was helped by mistakes from her closest challengers after the opening leg — Maze and Sweden’s Maria Pietilae-Holmner, who both failed to finish their final run. Frida Hansdotter of Sweden was second and Erin Mielzynski of Canada was 1.76 behind in third. The rest of the field finished more than two seconds behind Shiffrin. Hansdotter called Shiffrin an “amazing skier.” “And she doesn’t think too much,” Hansdotter said. “She just goes for it.” Velez Zuzulova won the last two races — in Semmering, Austria; Munich — but finished 24th Friday after a mistake in her second run brought her to a standstill. Maze straddled a gate in the second run. Slalom world champion Mar-

lies Schild of Austria, who won on this course the last two seasons, has been ruled out for three months after knee surgery in December. Shiffrin said she was back to full strength after fighting a persistent cold in December. “I was a little bit sick, I think I have my energy back now,” she said after the first run. Shiffrin’s American teammate Resi Stiegler finished ninth for her best result since recovering from knee surgery following her crash at last year’s World Cup finals. The course was in excellent condition despite warmer weather the last couple of days. A men’s slalom on the same course is scheduled for Sunday. The women’s circuit travels to St. Anton, Austria, for speed races next week.

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ASPEN — With 11 U.S. Ski Team racers, as well as athletes from the universities of Colorado and New Mexico in the field, Ski & Snowboard Club Vail fared well in Thursday and Friday’s Surefoot giantslalom races at Aspen.

On Thursday, SSCV’s Katie Talbot placed 10th overall, winning the U-18 division. On Friday, Talbot improved her ranking and placed sixth overall, making it a two-day win against the rather large U-18 field. Talbot raced well against numerous veteran college athletes and placed just behind current U.S. Ski

Team member Katie Ryan. Montana Marzario from SSCV raced well on Friday and ended up just behind Talbot in eighth place overall, giving her a solid thirdplace podium finish among the U18 racers. “Katie and Montana were able to execute today and compete against a tough field,” said SSCV women’s

alpine coach Bruce Hamlin. The male side of the race had just as many high-level athletes competing in giant slalom. Christopher Acosta from the University of New Mexico, who has won multiple GS events this season, beat current U.S. Ski Team member Jared Goldberg by half a second on Thursday for the win. Goldberg also finished in

second on Friday with Acosta in third and U.S. Ski Team member Mark Engel taking the win. Tanner Mottau, from SSCV, did well, finishing ninth in the race on Thursday, with four U.S. Ski Team members placing ahead of him. Mottau ended in 15th on Friday, with seven U.S. Team members ahead of him.

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VAIL — Registration is underway for the Vail Recreation District’s winter indoor adult co-ed volleyball league, which will take place Wednesdays this winter,

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beginning Jan. 16. Games will be played at 6:30, 7:30, 8:30 and 9:30 p.m. at the Red Sandstone Elementary School gymnasium in Vail. There will be an A League for more competitive teams and a B League for recreational players.

Each team will consist of four players with one female on the court at all times. Costs are $200 for Vail resident teams and $250 for teams living outside of Vail. Games follow United States Volleyball Indoor Co-ed Rules and rally scoring.

Additionally, indoor open gym for basketball continues from 6 to 9 p.m. Mondays, indoor open gym soccer from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and indoor volleyball open gym from 6 to 9 p.m. Fridays at Red Sandstone Elementary School.

The cost is $3 per person and players must be 18 years or older to participate. For details or to register a team, call the VRD Sports Department at 970-479-2280. For more info about the VRD, visit www.vailrec.com.

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Mikaela Shiffrin, of Eagle-Vail, sprays Champagne as she celebrates on the podium after winning the women's World Cup slalom in Zagreb, Croatia, on Friday. Shiffrin has two World Cup wins.

Miakela Shiffrin making WCup breakthrough By Eric Willemsen ASSOCIATED PRESS

ZAGREB, Croatia â&#x20AC;&#x201D; American teenager Mikaela Shiffrin is having a breakthrough World Cup season on the slopes. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the first American to win two World Cup races before turning 18. The 17-year-old Shiffrin captured her second career World Cup victory at Fridayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s night slalom, sending her to the top of the slalom standings. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am just trying to find the edge of what I can ski,â&#x20AC;? Shiffrin told The Associated Press. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am having a very good year. I am very excited about it and I am always hungry for more. ... I am really happy and I know anything can happen.â&#x20AC;? Voted World Cup rookie of the year last season by her peers, Shiffrin has lived up to expectations. In 12 races so far, she won twice and recorded six more top-10 finishes. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also ahead of Lindsey Vonn as the top American in the overall standings â&#x20AC;&#x201D; although Vonn just returned to training after a monthlong break to recover from an intestinal illness. Along with the victories have come the limelight â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and the prize money â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but Shiffrin is determined to not let it get to her head. The victory in Zagreb increased Shiffrinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s earnings to fifth on the seasonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s money ranking list with $117,500. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am still going to do the same thing,â&#x20AC;? said Shiffrin, who was born in the ski area of Vail, Colo. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have to remember that I am only 17 and I feel like a baby sometimes and I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t hide that.â&#x20AC;? She travels the circuit accompanied by her mother Eileen â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;my biggest help, she keeps me grounded and focused.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have always wanted to sleep really deeply and not really worry,â&#x20AC;? Shiffrin said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I know that some things are going to work and turn out fine. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not the end of the world.â&#x20AC;? The same approach has helped her to keep a positive mind on the slopes. Just a week after earning her first World Cup victory in Are, Sweden, and going top of the slalom standings, all eyes were on Shiffrin at a night event in Semmering, Austria, the last race of 2012. She was fourth after the opening leg but failed to finish after straddling a gate early in her final run. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A lot of times there is pressure. In Semmering I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t deal with it very well,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think it was good to go out in Semmering, it brought me back down to earth. ... There is always a next race coming up very soon. I know I will have some mistakes and some bad races but in general every experience counts.â&#x20AC;? World champion Marlies Schild has dominated womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s slalom for many years. But the Austrian is out for the season after knee surgery. After six races â&#x20AC;&#x201D; including the Munich city event on New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day that counted as a slalom â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Shiffrin has 336 points, followed by overall World Cup leader Tina Maze of Slovenia with 310 and Veronika Velez Zuzulova of Slovakia with 305.

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Pates brothers go big in slopestyle Meet Jake and Cole

Cole Pates, an SSCV freeskier, put together a good run himself, good enough for fourth place in the open category, but seemed more happy about his brother’s success. “I’m real stoked for him,” Cole said after the competition. “Open class is a big deal when you’re 14, it’s crazy.” Cole Pates’ run consisted of an inward 450 safety on the first jump, a switch 900 mute grab on the second jump, a right cork 720 safety on the third jump and an outward 450 on the rail. He was bested by fellow SSCV athletes Broby Leeds, who took second, and John Leonard, who took third, in the skiing competition, respectively.

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VAIL — Fourteen-year-old Jake Pates, of Eagle, held his own against some of the toughest amateur competition you’ll find in a slopestyle event Saturday in Vail. The United States of America Snowboard Association’s first Rocky Mountain Snowboard and Freeski Series Slopestyle event of the season commenced at Golden Peak on Saturday, bringing in competition from all over the region to compete in the largest and longest-running snowboard or freeskier series in the nation.

‘Best tricks’

“The best tricks were probably Mark Nowakiwsky’s cork 1080 and Mitchell Lee’s switch 1080,” Leonard said after the event. Nowakiwsky, of Breckenridge, took home top honors on the day in skiing slopestyle. “It was a fun competition,” Nowakiwsky said after the event. “Beautiful day, good vibe, everyone was killing it. The whole open class did really well. It was fun to be out here.”

Open division

While Pates was among the youngest competitors in the open division — where the stiffest competition was to be found — he was able to put a solid run together and find his way onto the podium with a thirdplace performance. The competition consisted of three large tabletop-style jumps and a rainbow rail — both snowboarders and freeskiers competed on the same course. Pates started the run with a switch underflip on the first jump and followed that with a frontside 720 on the second jump, a backside 720 on the third and a frontside 360 onto the rail at the bottom. “I was happy with the run,” he said after the competition. “And seeing the guys in front of me going huge just makes me want to feed off them and try harder.” Pates, a longtime Ski & Snowboard Club Vail athlete, attributed his success to his competitive rivalry with his brother, 16year-old Cole Pates. “We’re always competing with tricks,” said Jake Pates. “He’s always doing well in competitions, so I’ll always try to up him or just get to where he is.”

Course preparation

If you took a cruise up Chair 6 in recent days, then you may be surprised to hear that there was an event at all on Saturday — much less one with 30-foot tabletops and an entire terrain park for these athletes to enjoy. “Yesterday morning here, nothing was groomed and cats were still working in here,” Vail Park Crew member Andy Chamarro said from the course on Saturday. “I was concerned yesterday morning when they were like, ‘yeah, practice is at noon.’ I got up here and nothing had any snow in front of it ... For how fast we did it, it worked out pretty good ... This park probably wouldn’t have been open for another two weeks if this competition hadn’t came through.”

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Jake Pates, 14, of Eagle, performs a 720 en route to taking third in the open division at the USASA slopestyle competition at Golden Peak on Saturday.

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NEWSROOM@VAILDAILY.COM Girls state qualifer 1 BMH Kendall VanHee 2 SSP Ali * Pougiales 3 ASP Hana Mass 4 ASP Lilly McSwain 5 SSP Suzanne Lyon 6 SSP McKenzie Milard 7 ASP Dolores Sharaf 8 MID Francesca Cuttica 9 MID Rebecca Bolen 10 ASP Nikki Cardamone 11 BMH Nicole Affleck 12 BMH Allie O’Brien 13 BMH Abby Davidson 14 ASP Nicole Blizzard 15 ASP Haley Hopkison Other local finishers 16 EVH Angela Giovagnoli 18 EVH Jessica Nulle 19 BMH Lindsay Sierant 20 BMH Lizzie Todd 23 BMH Haley Clarke 24 EVH Natalie Landin 25 BMH A. Niederhaus 26 EVH Ella Guzik 27 BMH Ansley Burnett 29 BMH Nicole Lasater 30 BMH Nell Snow 35 BMH S. Hintermeist

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36 EVH M. * Muehlethaler 38 BMH Francesca Marquez 39 EVH Sara Coulter Boys state qualifier 1 ASP Luke Prosence 2 SSP White * Peter 3 SSP Foulk * Andreas 4 BMH Kevan Aubel 5 CCH Michael * Skladano 6 SSP Kramer * Danny 7 ASP Eli Kaplan 8 ASP Zach Kendrick 9 VMS Harrison Alonzo 10 MID Cody Charland 11 BMH V. Guilmineau 12 ASP Graham Houtsma 13 ASP Erik Gagen 14 VMS Caleb Chicoine 15 SSP Richard Walters 16 ASP Alfonso Fisher Other local finishers 20 EVH Matt Genelin 26 BMH Stefan Sortland 27 EVH Steven Siefers 28 EVH Riley Boomhower 30 EVH Jared Salaz 34 EVH Austin Darrough 35 VMS Oliver Pesso 36 EVH Matt Jordan 38 EVH Ryan Hanson 40 BMH Tim Sackbauer *Skimeister

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Battle Mountain’s Kendall VanHee is up to her old tricks. The defending state champion in giant slalom won the season-opening race Friday at Beaver Creek.

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BEAVER CREEK â&#x20AC;&#x201D; One-hundred and sixty-eight racers came out to Beaver Creek on Saturday to compete in the Bolle age class competition. The two-day giant-slalom race marked the first U-14 and younger competition of the season. Skis were waxed and edges were sharpened for the rutted and icy conditions at the event. Ski & Snowboard Club Vail (SSCV) racers dominated the competition, which was no surprise, considering there were 120 SSCV athletes at the event. The competition format was not a combined event, which ultimately provided the racers with an â&#x20AC;&#x153;all outâ&#x20AC;? mindset. The GS skiers had two runs during the day, with each individual run counting for a separate competition. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We had some kids make some really great turns today despite the conditions,â&#x20AC;? said SSCV U-14 boys coach Brett Borgard. Jacob Dilling performed consistently for the U-14 boys, finishing second in both races. Brendan Keane had an astounding first-place win, by a full 2 seconds, during the first race. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have such a big team, so it is hard for us to compete with another big team like Aspen or Steamboat, because there are just too many kids. The only time we will compete against those bigger teams are during the championships at the end of the year,â&#x20AC;? said Borgard. Hannah Fallon performed well on the girlsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; side of the event, finishing second in the first race of the day and first in the second race of the day.

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — It’s becoming a familiar January scene for Nick Saban. The Alabama coach plastered a smile on his face for a series of posed photos next to the various trophies awarded to college football’s national champions and then proceeded to talk about the challenges facing his team. Maybe Saban let the Gatorade dry from the celebratory drenching before thinking about the 2013 season. Maybe. “The team next year is 0-0,” Saban, who is on a 61-7 run over the past five seasons, said Tuesday morning. “Even though I really appreciate what this team accomplished and am very, very proud of what they accomplished, we need to prepare for the challenges of the new season very quickly with the team we have coming back. “ It didn’t take Saban long to refocus after Monday night’s 42-14 demolition of Notre Dame that secured a second straight BCS title, the Crimson Tide’s third in four seasons and the seventh straight for Southeastern Conference teams. Shortly after the game, he was already talking about getting back to the office by Wednesday morning. Alabama players, meanwhile, finally were able to voice the “D-word.” Center Barrett Jones said he had a Sports Illustrated cover from a couple of years ago after his last college game. “It says, ‘Dynasty. Can anybody stop Alabama?’ I’ll never forget looking at that thing and wondering if we really could be a dynasty,” said Jones, who mainly put it on the wall because he’s featured. “I think three out of four, I’m no dynasty expert, but that seems like a dynasty to me. I guess I can say that now that I’m gone. Don’t tell coach I said that.” The 2013 team will almost certainly be

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From U.S. Freestyle Selections just weeks ago to the Rocky Mountain Division competitions, local freestyle athletes have been proving that Vail has some incredible skiers. Last weekend, the Ski & Snowboard Club Vail (SSCV) Freestyle team led, by John Dowling, headed to Steamboat for the Ski Town USA Bumps and Jumps competition. Vail skiers chalked up a number of age class wins during the open moguls competition. Emerson Smith placed first in the J2 category. Jack Skidmore won the J3 men’s category, and Mallory Skidmore also claimed first in the J3 category. Tess Johnson ended the day with a first-place win for the J4 girls. Overall, the SSCV team had great results, with Erin Coyne placing seventh and Lindsey Eckhoff placing 10th for the girls. Emerson Smith placed well among a veteran field and landed in 10th overall. Sunday, during the duals event, Gabe Johnson rallied to sixth place, his first top 10 finish. “His huge double daffy off the bottom air was a real crowd pleaser,” said freestyle program director John Dowling. In the women's bracket, Kaitlyn Harrell finished in a respectable fourth place. “Harrell appeared to have her match won in the final duels round, but unfortunately lost her balance right before the bottom air and came flying off the jump on one leg, crashing into her opponent's lane for a disqualification,” said Dowling. Come out on the mountain in Vail this weekend and watch some of these athletes for the first Vail mogul competition of the year. The event will take place on Cookshack, off of the Avanti lift. Open moguls will get going at 10:15 a.m. Saturday, and dual moguls will start at 10:15 a.m.Sunday.

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The Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, are now only one year away, and with ski and snowboard halfpipe on the program as events, athletes are sharpening their skills. This week, the Grand Prix Freeskiing World Cup is at Copper, and athletes from all over the world are competing for FIS points and potential Olympic spots. Ski & Snowboard Club Vail heads over the pass for the event which starts today and runs through Sunday. The event itself has been running for the past 17 years, which makes it the longest running domestic tour for halfpipe and slopestyle. Local SSCV coaches Elana Chase, Ben Boyd, Brady McNeil and Elijah Teeter have been providing these local athletes with information and training on how to perform well at this event. “Anyone from big snowboarding movies and all of the Olympic hopefuls are out here competing today,” said McNeil, SSCV pro slopestyle coach. “Our slopestyle team is one of the best, but our halfpipe team is probably going to be the real focus at this event. Our slopestyle team will have a better shot at making the finals during the next World Cup where the field won’t be quite as stacked. Our real goal out here is making top 30 out of a field of 180. Right now I’m coaching two of our rising star athletes from Chile.” The finals for the snowboard-pipe competition will be on Saturday with the finals for skiing on Friday. Some of the big name athletes in the snowboard pipe competition

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competing for SSCV are Kaitlyn Farrington, Kelly Marren, Stephanie Magiros, Alex Fitch, Joey Mensch, Zack Black, Brett Esser, Kazuhiro Kokubbo, Kohei Hirano and Iyumu Hirano. Farrington actually beat Olympic gold medalist Kelly Clark at the Dew Cup in Breckenridge just a month ago, winning the event. She will undoubtedly be a podium contender for the event. Freeskiing halfpipe qualifiers for the World Cup at Copper happened on Wednesday with SSCV skiers Aaron Blunck and Alex Ferreira qualifying for finals. They are in fact the only two athletes that made it to the finals without guaranteed spots at X Games, and also two of the youngest competitors in the finals. Blunck changed up his run a little from previous competitions and did a left 900, to a right 900, to a double cork 1260, to an alley oop 540, to a right 1080. “I have been working pretty hard on the air bag in Vail the past few weeks to really dial that double cork, and I’m now feeling pretty good about it,” Blunck said. “We moved where he does that technical trick in his run. Before he was doing the double cork on the first hit and now he is doing it on the third hit, which has really helped,” said Chase, pro team coach. Other SSCV athletes such as Broby Leeds, Billy Mann, Walter Wood, Anais Caradeux and Annalisa Drew had strong performances during qualifications. On the women’s side, Annalisa Drew competed well and will be headed to the finals on Friday. Halfpipe qualifications for snowboarding starts today.

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More than 400 skiers competed at he U.S. Nordic Championships in Utah this past week, and a handful of Vail-based athletes headed West with high hopes. Elite Nordic athletes from Ski and Snowboard Club Vail packed up their skis, their high-performance wax, and arrived at Soldier Hollow, a venue that has hosted the championships for the last few years. Of the hundreds of competiWRUVDWWKHĂ&#x20AC;YHGD\HYHQW9DLOVNLHUVFROOHFWHGVL[GLIIHUHQW WRSĂ&#x20AC;QLVKHV As the major competition neared, organizers were concerned with the lacking snow pack for the second year in a row. Luckily, Mother Nature blessed the area, just outside of Midway, Utah, with much needed moisture the week before the event. Ski clubs from Alaska, Vermont, California, and everywhere in between came out to compete. Vail athlete Tad Elliott, three-time U.S. 15-kilometer champion, was a top contender in the race, but couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t quite hold on to his title and ended in second behind Erik Bjornsen in the event. On Sunday, Jan. 6, Elliott and Vailâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sylvan Ellefson raced well during the 30-kilometer classic mass VWDUW 2XW RI D Ă&#x20AC;HOG RI PRUH WKDQ  PHQ (OOLRWW SODFHG seventh and Ellefson placed eighth. During the sprint competition on Jan. 2, Vailâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ryan Scott PDGHLWWRWKHĂ&#x20AC;QDOVDQGSODFHGĂ&#x20AC;IWKIRURQHRIWKHWHDP¡VWRS Ă&#x20AC;QLVKHV 6FRWW¡V SHUIRUPDQFH ZDV D QRWLFHDEOH WXUQDURXQG from his last World Cup race in Canmore, Canada, where he struggled. However, he says he was able to come to the U.S. Championships with a refreshed mentality and put down some great results. Other local SSCV athletes who competed were Callan Deline, Max Scrimgeour, Christian Shanley, Anthony Ryerson, Cully Brown, Parker McDonald, Pablo Cichero, Ian Boucher, Caleb Krueger and Hannah Hardenbergh. Like many other skiers, Ellefson went into the event want-

ing to earn some points to qualify for the World Championships. Ellefson raced in everything he could during the competition, including the classic sprint, the 15-kilometer individual start skate, the 30-kilometer mass start classic and the skate sprint. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Conditions were a mix of man-made, sugar, new and dirty. It was probably the most diverse courses, in terms of snow conditions,â&#x20AC;? says Ellefson. The races didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t turn out as well as he had hoped, but he was still happy with the results, he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I had to reset my goals from the beginning of the week when things werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t starting the way I had wanted. Originally, I wanted to win a national race while I was out here but that changed to simply making a top 10. I got that, so I am KDSS\DERXWLWDQGVHHWKDWP\IRUPLVFRPLQJDORQJĂ&#x20AC;QDOO\ Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m excited for the rest of the season,â&#x20AC;? he says. Ellefson is still eligible to compete at the World Championships, but that could change depending on the points garnered by other skiers at Nationals. A new points list will EH UHOHDVHG RQ -DQ  DQG WKH Ă&#x20AC;QDO :RUOG &KDPSLRQVKLS contenders will be named that week. The Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 10-kilometer on Sunday proved to be successful for numerous local athletes. There were more than 120 racers in the 10-kilometer and Scrimgeour placed sixth, followed by Brown in 10th, Shanley in 14th and Deline in 23rd. According to SSCV Head Nordic Coach Dan Weiland 'HOLQH¡VDQG%URZQ¡VĂ&#x20AC;QLVKHVDOVRTXDOLĂ&#x20AC;HGWKHPIRUVRPH European competitions later this season. For more information and results from the National Championships, go to www.fasterskier.com.

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Thursday, Jan. 10 Town Series ski race at Golden Peak Vail-Summit Orthopaedics presents a fun ski/snowboard/telemark competition in Vail. The Jan. 10 race will be held at 1 p.m. on Golden Peak. The after party at 5 p.m. features free drinks, free food and great prizes for racers and fans. The races are open to kiers, snowboarders and telemarkers of all abilities. No experience necessary, and no speed suit needed. For more info, see www.skiclubvail.org. Pictured: Natalie Biedermann. Ski and Snowboard Club Vail photo.

Thursday, Jan. 10 Live music with Peter Vavra Join pianist Peter Vavra at Splendido at the Chateau in Beaver Creek every Thursday night. Music goes from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Food and drink costs apply.

Thursday, Jan. 10 Vail 50th Anniversary Film Witness the history of Vail and its founding in an original Ă&#x20AC;OPKRQRULQJ9DLO¡VWKDQQLYHUVDU\PDGHE\5RJHU&RWWRQ%URZQ9DLO¡VRULJLQDOĂ&#x20AC;OPPDNHU7KLVIDVFLQDWLQJVKRZ is free but does require tickets that can be reserved online at www.vail.com/events/50th. Tickets are also available at the Lionshead Welcome Center the day of the show starting DWDPDQGDUHRIIHUHGRQDĂ&#x20AC;UVWFRPHĂ&#x20AC;UVWVHUYHEDVLV Doors open at 5 p.m., and show starts at 5:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 10 Inside the Mind of a Mass Murderer This panel discussion hosted by the Vail Symposium brings three experts to help audiences understand why tragic crimes like the Aurora shooting happen and how to prevent them. Speakers are journalist Jeff Kass, author Jeff Mariotte and psychiatrist Patrick Fox. Event starts at 5:30 p.m., and tickets can be purchased at www.vailsymposium.org.

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COPPER MOUNTAIN — Ski & Snowboard Club Vail’s Aaron Blunck said he was peaking at the right moment on Friday, and the judges agreed. Blunck, 16, was the top American in the ski halfpipe competition at the U.S. Grand Prix at Copper Mountain on Friday, an International Ski Federation World Cup event which holds large significance in the sport’s overall picture. “Everyone’s out here and it’s such a big final, so I’m super stoked,” Blunck said after the event. “I couldn’t have asked for a better final.” Now that ski halfpipe is an Olympic sport, the Grand Prix is one of several events in which skiers can take the first steps to qualifying for the Olympics. To be eligible to compete in Sochi in 2014, a skier must first obtain a top-30 finish at an FIS-level event. But also on the line in FIS events like Friday’s Grand Prix is the very number of ski halfpipe athletes that the U.S. will bring to Sochi. A total of 26 athletes from all freestyle skiing disciplines — ski halfpipe, ski cross, moguls and aerials — will go, but how that breaks down will depend on the depth of each squad. If U.S. ski halfpipers make a name for themselves this season with a large number of athletes finishing high in the standings, then they’ll secure themselves four spots on that team. If not, there’s a chance the U.S. will

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Blunck and Ferreira, who both train with Elana Chase at SSCV, had a unique distinction among the other athletes in the finals at the Grand Prix. They both had not yet, as of Friday, been invited to the superpipe competition at the X Games, coming up at the end of this month. While the X Games is a private event and not sanctioned by the FIS, its freeski superpipe is widely recognized as the highest level of competition in the sport. Of the 12 athletes in the finals, Blunck, Ferreira and Joffrey Pollet Villard, of France, who finished fourth, were still hoping for invites. With only Grand Prix, page A4

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two spots left for X, that more immediate competition was far more forward in the athletes’ thoughts than the 2014 Olympics. “You definitely want to do good at the World Cups, and this was a huge contest for us, so I’m happy,” Ferreira said of his and Blunck’s performance. “But it’s also good that we did good in this event because X Games is coming around the corner, hopefully we get spots.” And Ferreira, Blunck and Villard aren’t the only ones vying for spots at the X Games. Local X Games veteran Taylor Seaton didn’t make finals at the Grand Prix, and despite the fact that he has received invites to half a dozen X Games in the past, his invite for this year is far from a lock. He ended up 14th at the Grand Prix after attempting his first ever double cork in competition, a slight miscue had him opening up too early and not completing the trick. “I stomped my first run, but I didn’t really put the two together,” he said. “On the second run, I got real close to the right dub cork 12 but ended up in the back seat a little and kinda fell.” Seaton said that through his experience, he has learned an invite to X Games is more about your years in the sport than your current status. “I didn’t get into X Games with the first comp I won,” said Seaton, who won the 2010 and 2011 halfpipe competitions at the NZ Open and took eighth at this year’s Dew Tour. “I had to prove myself with multiple podiums before I got invited.” Tucker Perkins, of the U.S. team, who has an invite to this year’s X Games, watched the Grand Prix from the sidelines Friday. He said that while this year’s Grand Prix competition is important, it’s next year he’s more interested in. “I’m looking at the big picture,” he said. “I could have rushed to come back for this event, but I just need one top 30 for this year.” Perkins is currently recovering from ACL surgery he received in Vail last March at The Steadman Clinic by Dr. Richard Steadman himself. “I just got back in the halfpipe last week,” he said. “So for me, I think the timing is perfect. ... Hopefully X Games will be the first one back.”

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Aaron Blunck, who trains with Ski & Snowboard Club Vail, finished second in the ski halfpipe event Friday at the U.S. Grand Prix at Copper Mountain. ery, his name is among those at the top of the list for the U.S. ski halfpipe athletes likely to be competing in Sochi, along with David Wise, who finished third at Friday’s Grand Prix. Wise said that the Ski Club Vail athletes competing for those Olympic spots have a key advantage over some of the other hopefuls — the tutelage of coach Elana Chase. “There’s few coaches who can watch a trick and tell you one simple thing that is wrong with it,” Wise said on Friday. “That on-hill wherewithal that she has is unparalleled.” Chase said she was pleased with her athletes’ performances on Friday. “As a coach you’re always thinking the next few corners down the road, but today was all about myopic focus on today,” she said. “We had the strategy that it’s today or nothing.” On the women’s side, another athlete of Chase’s, Ski Club Vail halfpiper Annalisa Drew, finished seventh, third among U.S. competitors. “Training with Elana’s been awesome,” she said. “The program is amazing.”

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Mikaela Shiffrin, of Eagle-Vail, celebrates at the finish line after winning a World Cup slalom in Flachau, Austria, on Tuesday. It was her third World Cup win this season. She is exactly the same age — 17 years, 308 days — as Austrian great Annemarie Moser-Proell was when she earned her third career victory in 1971.

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Mikaela Shiffrin, of Eagle-Vail, speeds down the course on her way to winning a women’s World Cup slalom Tuesday in Flachau, Austria. The win is Shiffrin’s third victory in her first full year on the World Cup circuit, and she is exactly the same age — 17 years, 308 days — that Austrian great Annemarie Moser-Proell was when she earned her third career win in 1971.

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FLACHAU, Austria — American teenager Mikaela Shiffrin interrupted her homework for a couple of hours on Tuesday, giving her enough time to pick up another win in women’s World Cup slalom. The 17-year-old Shiffrin earned her third victory in her first full year on the circuit, quickly becoming the world’s leading slalom specialist. “I’ll probably try to get some reading done before going to bed tonight,” she said after the race, revealing she had already spent most of the day doing homework for school. “Sometimes I feel the hardest subjects are the most fun. I am really a nerd.”

Shiffrin, who was second after the opening run, posted the thirdfastest time in the final session to finish in a combined time of 1 minute, 51.45 seconds. “It’s unbelievable,” said Shiffrin, who was cheered by 11,500 spectators. “I heard the crowd and I tried to let them take me down the course. They wanted me to win. That gave me wings.” Frida Hansdotter of Sweden was 0.85 back in second, and Tanja Poutiainen of Finland took third, trailing Shiffrin by 1.10. Former overall champion Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany, who led Shiffrin by 0.56 after the first run, straddled a gate shortly before the end of her final run and failed to finish. Shiffrin increased her lead in the

discipline standings. She now has 436 points, compared to 355 for closest challenger Tina Maze of Slovenia. The advantage makes the American a strong favorite to win this season’s slalom title. “I can’t imagine someone a year ago telling me I would be in this position now,” Shiffrin said. “But I’ve always wanted it and I’ve worked for it as hard I can.” Shiffrin was already the first American to win two World Cup races before turning 18. She is exactly the same age — 17 years, 308 days — that Austrian great Annemarie Moser-Proell was when she earned her third career victory in 1971. Moser-Proell holds the career record of 62 World Cup wins. “She is without a doubt the best

skier in history and I am making my way now,” Shiffrin said. “In the summer, my coach was telling me about her. I had obviously heard of her but we looked up on Wikipedia about her results. ... And now I am here and it’s amazing.” Matching Moser-Proell made Shiffrin proud. It’s part of her desire to be the best in everything she does — as quickly as possible. “I have big goals,” Shiffrin said. “Part of my goals has always been to be the youngest to do anything. I have tried to be faster than the older girls and faster than the boys. It just sets new challenges and that is fun.” Overall World Cup leader Maze placed fifth, extending her lead over second-place Hoefl-Riesch to 590 points. In fifth place with 526

points, Shiffrin is the highest ranked American, just above Lindsey Vonn, who has 504 points. Vonn, the defending overall champion, skipped the race because of a lack of recent training in the discipline. She returned to the circuit last weekend after an almost four-week break to recover from intestinal illness. Shiffrin, who also won races in Are, Sweden, and Zagreb, Croatia, wasn’t clear in the first section of both runs but accelerated in the steeper middle part and finished strong. “I just kept going,” Shiffrin said about her second run. “Like 3- and 4-year-olds, they are running around all day and they just don’t get tired. That’s probably like me. I always keep going.”

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Huskies coach Vinny Cisneros said. “The girls have been so resilient. The old saying goes, ‘Coaches lose games and players win games.’ The girls played a great game.” And whatever the adage is, give yourself a W, Vinny. Battle Mountain (2-9 overall and 2-4 in the 4A Slope) burst out to a 16-0 lead and never looked back. While this season has not gone as well as hoped for both Shrine Pass rivals, this was a particularly bitter pill for the Tigers (1-10, 0-7) and head coach Dylan Hollingsworth. “It’s unacceptable,” he said. “The way we played was unacceptable. Our attitude was unacceptable. We

just can’t play like that.” The Huskies, shed, at least temporarily, the slow starts that have plagued them this season. Battle Mountain’s Michelle Rios, Logan Nash and Taylor Davidson all had field goals in the first quarter, taking the Huskies to a 9-0 lead after eight minutes. Nash and Davidson struck again, and then Ali Teague hit from beyond the arc for a 16-0 lead. Summit’s Meg Heil broke up the run with a Tigers basket with 6:24 left in the first half. The Huskies kept coming, though. Elizabeth Olivas, who led all scorers with 11 points, knocked

down her jumper, followed by a layup from Aileen Arreola and a trifecta from Iridian Reyes for a 23-4 advantage midway through the first quarter. “Starting slow has been our nemesis all year long,” Cisneros said. “I told the girls, challenged them not to wait until we were down by 20 (points) before playing with full intensity. They did that. They played like they were down and built on that.” Of particular concern to Hollingsworth was his team’s rebounding — or lack thereof. “We got killed on the boards,” he said. “We have to take boxing out

seriously. We’ve got to rebound better or this is going to be a long season.” Hollingsworth’s frustration peaked in the third quarter, when he got a technical foul. In the strangest twist of the game, Olivas took the freebies and made them, but she was shooting in her own end. The referees realized the mistake, took the Huskies’ points off the board and had her shoot at the Summit end. Unfortunately, she missed her second set of free throws. Battle Mountain hosts Steamboat Springs on Saturday at 2 p.m., while Summit has Delta at Farmer’s Korner at 1 p.m. the same day.

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GYPSUM — Wrestlers just don’t like to waste time. There were six minutes allotted for each bout during Thursday’s tri at Eagle Valley with Steamboat Springs and Glenwood Springs as the guests, but the full 360 seconds were rarely needed. The Devils dispatched Steamboat Springs, 66-10, and didn’t take much time defeating Glenwood Springs, 73-4. Thanks to a bevy of forfeits, the Demons recorded a 45-35 victory against the Sailors, though Steamboat actually won all but one of the matches contested. “I’m really proud of the guys,” Devils coach Ron Beard said. “They did the things we worked on in practice. Glenwood is having a rebuilding year. They have a lot of young wrestlers, but that doesn’t take away from our effort.” Ten of the Devils’ 13 wins against the Demons came by way of pin from the very brief (Ty LaFramboise, 11 seconds at 190 pounds) to Rafael Gurule’s buzzer-beater at 132 pounds at 5 minutes, 59 seconds. “We’re a young team,” Glenwood coach Miles Cook said. “We want to be competitive. If we’re out in 10 seconds, that’s not good. But if they’re on the mat and competing, we’re in good shape. We need to learn to strive for that.” To that end, the Demons’ Alex Cohen picked up a win at 113 pounds against Eagle Valley’s Connor McGillvray, 21-7. Against Steamboat, the Devils won six of seven matches contested. Gurule won an actionpacked match against the Sailors’ Nathan Parks, 17-13, at 132, while Branden Ehman came back for the pin against Steamboat’s Mike Hansen. “We had to manipulate the lineup for Steamboat to get some matchups,” Beard said. “Some kids stepped up. Branden Ehman, he won two varsity matches. Lane (Dobransky) stepped up. Rafa (Rafael) wrestled great against (Parks).” Glenwood Springs did win its dual against the Sailors. However, the Sailors do deserve credit for doing well in the weights in which they could field wrestlers. Steamboat got pins from Cole Sittig (285), Parks (132), Hansen (138), Dane Kopfer (145) and Guerin Lewis (152). “All in all, we wrestled OK,” Steamboat coach Shane Yeager said. “We made a lot of mistakes out there. We’ve got to clean it up with attention to detail. That’s what we’re lacking right now.” Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934 or cfreud@vaildaily.com.

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Eagle Valley’s Branden Ehman, top, drives Steamboat Springs’ Mike Hanson into the mat just before pinning him to win his match Thursday in Gypsum.

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285 - Xavier Mendoza, Eagle Valley, pins Irving Vasquez, Glenwood Springs, 0:44 106 - Jay Bullock, Eagle Valley, pins Miguel Mendoza, Glenwood Springs, 5:02 113 - Alex Cohen, Glenwood Springs, maj. dec. Conner McGillvray, Eagle Valley, 21-7 120 - Chris Comroe, Eagle Valley, pins Augustin Hernandez, Glenwood Springs, 1:35 126 - Lane Dobransky, Eagle Valley, pins Solomon Wheeler, Glenwood Springs, 1:30 132 - Rafael Gurule, Eagle Valley, pins Irvin Pallares, Glenwood Springs, 5:59 138 - Branden Ehman, Eagle Valley, pins Oscar Villegas, Glenwood Springs, 3:40 145 - Davey Madrid, Eagle Valley, pins Herbie Vega, Glenwood Springs, 0:22 152 - Andrew Vigil, Eagle Valley, pins Ben Dunn, Glenwood Springs, 1:13 160 - Devin Ward, Eagle Valley, pins Jose Diaz, Glenwood Springs, 1:01 170 - Cole Nielsen, Eagle Valley, d. Justin Barham, Glenwood Springs, 8-2 182 - Joey Sanchez, Eagle Valley maj. dec. Erick Madrid, Glenwood Springs, 9-1

190 - Ty LaFramboise, Eagle Valley, pins Thomas Richards, Glenwood Springs, 0:11 220 - Andy Armstrong, Eagle Valley, forfeit

Glenwood Springs 45, Steamboat Springs 35

220 - Taylor Behnke, Glenwood Springs, forfeit 285 - Cole Sittig, Steamboat Springs, pins Irving Vasquez, Glenwood Springs, 1:43 106 - Miguel Mendoza, Glenwood Springs, forfeit 113 - Alex Cohen, Glenwood Springs, forfeit 120 - Augustin Hernandez, Glenwood Springs, forfeit 126 - Solomon Wheeler, Glenwood Springs, forfeit 132 - Nathan Parks, Steamboat Springs pins Irvin Pallares, Glenwood Springs, 2:40 138 - Mike Hansen, Steamboat Springs, pins Oscar Villegas, Glenwood Springs, 0:49 145 - Dane Kopfer, Steamboat Springs, pins Herbie Vega, Glenwood Springs, 0:51 152 - Guerin Lewis, Steamboat Springs pins Ben Dunn, Glenwood Springs, 0:25 160 - Jose Diaz, Glenwood Springs, pins Dylan Wallace, Steamboat Springs, 0:36 170 - Justin Barham, Glenwood Springs, d. Connor O’Brien, Steamboat Springs, 5-3 182 - Brandon Yeager, Steamboat Springs,

tech. fall, Erick Madrid, Glenwood Springs, 19-2 190 - Thomas Richards, Glenwood Springs, forfeit

Eagle Valley 66, Steamboat Springs 10

190 - Joey Sanchez, Eagle Valley, forfeit 220 - Ty LaFramboise, Eagle Valley, forfeit 285 - Andy Armstrong, Eagle Valley, pins Cole Sittig, Steamboat Springs, 1:43 106 - Jay Bullock, Eagle Valley, forfeit 113 - Connor McGillvray, Eagle Valley, forfeit, 120 - Chris Comroe, Eagle Valley, forfeit 126 - Lane Dobranksy, Eagle Valley, forfeit 132 - Rafael Gurule, Eagle Valley d. Nathan Parks, Steamboat Springs, 17-13 138 - Branden Ehman, Eagle Valley, pins Mike Hansen, Steamboat Springs, 4:58 145 - Dane Koepfer, Steamboat Springs, maj. dec. Davey Madrid, Eagle Valley, 15-6 152 - Andrew Vigil, Eagle Valley, d. Guerin Lewis, Steamboat Springs, 6-5 160 - Devin Ward, Eagle Valley, pins Dylan Wallace, Steamboat Springs, 0:43 170 - Connor O’Brien, Steamboat Springs, forfeit 182 - Cole Nielsen, Eagle Valley, pins Brandon, Yeager, Steamboat Springs, 2:31

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Racers from all over the state poured into Winter Park on Thursday and today for a two-day super-G racing event. On top of a Surefoot race, there was also a Smartwool race. With the Surefoot race counting toward FIS points and the Smartwool race counting for USSA points, some of these skiers had the opportunity to double-dip, so to speak. Since the Surefoot racers are in the FIS category, only racers that are in the U-18 class and above are eligible to compete, while the Smartwool racers are for the U-16 class and above. “Tons of man-hours go into set-

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ting up a venue for racing events like these,” said C.B. Bechtel, Ski & Snowboard Club Vail operations manager. “Generally, when the course is set up, there are numerous races that take place on it.” The first day of super-G kicked off Thursday with some great results from SSCV athletes. The first race of the day was the girls’ Surefoot race, with Erika McCormick from SSCV coming away with the win and Montana Marzario placing fourth. “The FIS field was really competitive and our girls performed well under the pressure,” said SSCV U-16 women’s alpine coach Bruce Hamlin. “Montana had a fairly big mistake in her race

today but came out of it exceptionally fast. She will undoubtedly be someone to look out for tomorrow.” After the Surefoot race, the Smartwool race took place, with 71 female racers signed up to compete. Overall, it was an incredible day for the U-16 girls at the Smartwool race. SSCV athlete Abigail Murer won the race, followed by SSCV’s Heidi Livran in second place. Murer has been racing well this season, and this isn’t her first Smartwool win of the season. Just a month ago, Murer won her U-16 division at a Smartwool race at Copper and placed third overall among college-level racers. Anna Martin placed fourth and Sasha

Horn placed in fifth, both of SSCV. Six of the top 10 racers were from Vail. Rachel Desroachers finished in seventh place and Camilla Trapness raced well to secure a 10th-place finish. All of the girls were fast and enjoyed the warmer temperatures that this week is offering. In the men’s Surefoot competition, six more Vail skiers had top10 finishes for the U-18 and above category. Aspen Ski Club sealed the first two places in the competition. However, the McCormick family was on fire in Winter Park, with Sean McCormick placing in third. McCormick skied fast in a very difficult field — maybe he was inspired by his younger sister’s

win earlier in the day. Clayton Kirwood skied well and placed fourth, just behind McCormick. Scott Cooper rounded out the top five, squeezing into fifth place by six one-hundredths of a second. Daniel Blake had a tie for seventh place, followed by Ryan Barney in ninth and Florian Szwebel in 10th. “Everyone really took advantage of the temperature gradient and the nice conditions out here,” Hamlin said. “These races are fairly important and serve as qualifiers for U-18 Nationals and U-16 Junior Championships.” Today is another day of racing for these rising stars. For full results and to keep track of the races, visit live-timing.com.

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Walczyk gets the call, takes third SSCV lands another World Cup podium By John LaConte SPECIAL TO THE DAILY

VAIL — When Ski and Snowboard Club Vail head moguls coach John Dowling transferred here from Team Breck this season, he brought some great athletes with him. On Thursday, one of those athletes, Dylan Walczyk, found his way onto the World Cup moguls podium after a string of stellar runs in Lake Placid, N.Y.. “I was pretty surprised I qualified so high,” said Walczyk, who qualified eighth of 60 World Cup competitors to make semi-finals. “I just skied the run that I ski and the judges seemed to like it.” The run that Walczyk skis consists of a fast run down the moguls, with a “back full” (360 backflip) off the first jump and a “cork seven” (off-axis 720) off the second. The competition is judged based on the competitors’ speed down the course, as well as how difficult and cleanly executed their tricks are on the two jumps, or “airs.” Dowling said the Lake Placid course is a similar pitch to the one Walczyk’s been training at on Vail Mountain, which helped. “He said he was feeling pretty comfortable on the course,” said Dowling. “The overall pitch on Cookshack is about 25.5 degrees, and Lake Placid is 25, so it’s kind of like what we train here.” Walczyk said the training on Cookshack at Vail, where he was training right up until leaving for Lake Placid on Monday, has been optimal. “Vail is really nice,” said Walczyk, who’s currently in his first year on the U.S. Ski Team. “The terrain is a lot better, it’s just a better training scenario." In the semifinal, Walczyk qualified fourth to make it into the superfinal round of six. “I probably had my worst run all day in the superfinal,” he said. “I was tired, and I made a few mistakes, but fortunately the other

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Ski & Snowboard Club Vail’s Dylan Walczyk flies to third place in moguls at the Lake Placid Freestyle Cup in Lake Placid, N.Y., on Thursday. guys made bigger mistakes and it was good enough for third.” Walczyk’s biggest miscue on the final run was likely due to fatigue, he said. Near the end of the run, at the second air, he landed his cork 7 slightly in the back seat, but was able to correct and ski through the finish.

‘It was an opportunity to prove myself’

At the time of his podium finish on Thursday, Walczyk, 19, did not have any more World Cup starts on his calendar for this season. His start in Lake Placid was only the second World Cup start in his young career, and he would not have been there if another team member, Jeremy Cota, didn’t decide to sit out with a bruised heel. “I got the call to come to Lake Placid last Friday,” said Walczyk. “It was an opportunity to prove

myself after less than ideal results at selections.” After winning the North America Cup (Nor-Am) overall title last season, Walczyk finished seventh and 12th at this year’s U.S. Ski Team selections events at Copper Mountain in December, which wasn’t good enough to get him any World Cup starts for this season. However, after finishing in third on Thursday, he is now eligible to compete in the second half of the World Cup season, and there’s also a shot he may have a spot on the team for this year’s World Championships in Voss, Norway. “They’re taking three people and possibly a fourth alternate,” said Walczyk. “Right now I’m tied for the third spot, so it’s looking good.” Walczyk sits in that third World Championships spot with Cota,

who is expected to return to competition at the next World Cup event, scheduled for Jan. 25 in Airolo, Switzerland. Walczyk is currently tied for ninth in the overall standings with teammate David DiGravio, who finished eighth on Thursday. Fellow U.S. team members Patrick Deneen, who took second at Lake Placid on Thursday, and Bryon Wilson, who finished fourth, are in fourth and third overall, respectively. Cota is in eighth overall with teammate Bradley Wilson in seventh. Canadian Mikael Kingsbury won Thursday’s event and currently leads the overall standings.

Kloser fourth in overall standings

On the women’s side, U.S. moguls star Hannah Kearney made her return to competition after crashing and injuring her-

self during a training run in Switzerland. She was only recently cleared to return, but came back strong with a win in Lake Placid. “I couldn’t have asked for a better first competition back,” she said. Kearney, the 2010 Olympic champion and a dominant force in the sport, had her seat at the top kept warm for her by teammate Heather McPhie, who won the first two events of the season during Kearney’s absence. McPhie didn’t make it past qualifiers on Thursday, finishing 35th, but still leads the overall standings. Heidi Kloser, a Vail native and SSCV alum, finished 16th. After a strong start this season, placing seventh and second in the first two events of the season, Kloser currently sits fourth in the overall standings, second among Americans.

Steamboat edges Huskies hockey, 2-1 Huskies improve in rematch By Chris Freud

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VAIL — Power play? No. Tip drill? Yes? Steamboat Springs executed the latter to perception as Dillon Chapman got his stick on teammate Ryan Walker’s shot with 10:15 left in regulation to lift the Sailors to a hard-earned 2-1 win over Battle Mountain Friday night at Dobson Arena in Vail. “It’s funny. The last couple of weeks, we’ve been getting a lot of

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shots on net,” Steamboat coach Brent Tollar said. “We haven’t been able to finish them. We’ve spent a majority of our practices, trying to get a quality shot with a good tip.” Chapman’s tip gave the Sailors a two-game winning streak and raised their record to 5-4-1 overall and 2-3-1 in the Foothills Conference. “I was out in front. There was a defender in front of me and I kinda pushed him away,” Chapman said. “It hit off my stick and it was behind me and in the net. It’s great. It gives you a lot of energy and excitement, especially because it lets you know that you’ve contributed to your team.”

And Huskies goalie Oliver Elvenger, who had 32 saves, had no chance. Back in November, the Sailors did pretty much everything they wanted in an 8-2 victory over Battle Mountain in the season opener for both teams. Though it wasn’t a win, Friday night’s game was definite progress for the Huskies (3-51, 1-3). “We’re getting there,” Huskies coach Gary Defina said. “We’re improving. We’re still young. It’s like two (steps) forward, one back, but it was a much better effort than when we played them the first time, no doubt.” High school hockey, page A33

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Battle Mountain’s Ben Hymes, in white, gets knocked off balance while battling with Steamboat Springs’ Ryan Walker just before taking a shot in the second period of the game Friday in Vail. The Huskies lost, 2-1.

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McDonald. By making sure to save some gas in the tank he solidified a great result in the 10-kilometer race on Saturday. “I wanted to make sure that right off the bat I wasn’t going to go out too hard and blow up,” Boucher said. “The hills on this course are intimidating, and it is important to not get too eager and set an unachievable pace. Even though we are racing with college athletes, we aren’t directly racing against them. It is kind of nice being in the college races considering there are older kids to tow you up these hills and you get to chase them instead of going on your own pace.” During the 15-kilometer race on Sunday, McDonald and Boucher switched places, with Boucher ending up in second and McDonald ending in third. “Today was painful,” McDonald said, still out of breath immediately after the race. Even though Boucher lost his breakfast halfway through the grueling 15-kilometer race, he did exceptionally well. These Nordic athletes are looking to establish enough points in the next month in order to qualify for the Rocky Mountain Junior National Team. For the team, they take the 12 best OJs as well as the 12 best J1s and J2s in the region. There are four races, this being the first, where these juniors

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on Sunday. Joseph Barrett from, Battle Mountain High School, had a great performance with a solid sixth-place finish in the men’s J1 category on Saturday and placed 14th in his category on Sunday. Sunday was a great day for Vail Mountain School Nordic skier Hannah Hardenbergh, who placed second overall in the women’s J1 10-kilometer race. Hannah skated hard next to collegiate athletes and ended up beating many of them. The high school junior is on track to make the Junior National Team this season. “There was a little mix up at the start of the race, so I really just tried to put that behind me and make up the time as fast as I could during the race,” Hardenbergh said. “Yesterday, I sort of had a bad race, so I really wanted to improve today. It was nice to be able to push myself harder and do well today. I think it is really good for the junior skiers to put themselves against the college field because that is who most of the high school seniors from around here will be skiing against next year.” Nordic skiing is one of the most physically challenging skiing disciplines around. This intense aspect of the sport keeps these Nordic skiers hooked and constantly establishing new goals as seen this past weekend out at Maloit.

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Parker McDonald drafts off of a University of Denver racer during the DU Invitational & SSCV Junior National Qualifier at Maloit Park in Minturn. SPECIAL TO THE DAILY

McDonald, Boucher podium at Junior National Qualifiers Ellefson wins men’s senior category By Michael Suleiman SPECIAL TO THE DAILY

MINTURN — The flakes of wax scattered about the snow as dozens of ski techs prepared nordic skis for the big race. The DU Invitational & SSCV Junior National Qualifier, one of the biggest Nordic races in the Vail Valley, took place at Maloit Park in Minturn on Saturday and Sunday. With 295 Nordic racers ranging in ages from 6 years old all the way up to 26 years old, it was quite the scene out at Maloit. There was some amazing Nordic talent with college teams from Alaska, Wyoming, New Mexico, Utah, Montana and Colorado coming out to compete. On top of the collegiate athletes, junior level athletes came out looking to qualify for a spot on the Rocky Mountain Nordic Junior National Team. The Vail racers once again proved strong at the competition. In particular, Ian Boucher and Parker

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McDonald, from Ski & Snowboard Club Vail, had an absolutely dominant performance in the 10-kilometer freestyle individual start and may have landed a spot on the National Team. McDonald finished in second place in the men’s J1 category on Saturday followed by Boucher in third. McDonald is primarily known for taking Lindsey Vonn to his homecoming at Vail Ski & Snowboard Academy in 2011. After this weekends performance, people may now know him as the incredible Nordic skier … that took Vonn to homecoming. “The race went really well today. I got a nice ride from a DU skier for the first two laps and just hung in there. The last two laps I was on my own and was just fighting to ski well,” said the 17-year-old McDonald after the race on Saturday. As a student at VSSA, McDonald is able to go out and ski the course almost every day. “I’m really comfortable on these technical courses we have at Maloit,” McDonald said. Boucher skied well alongside his friend

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Local skiers will compete at X Games Aaron Blunck, Alex Ferreira and Annalisa Drew all earn coveted invites By John LaConte SPECIAL TO THE DAILY

VAIL — In freeskiing, visualizing your tricks is a key component of completing your run successfully. But so far in 2013, Ski & Snowboard Club Vail freeride program director Elana Chase has needed visualization in freeskiing for other reasons. This season, two ski halfpipe athletes on Chase’s men’s team had the skills, but not the status, to make it to the X Games in Aspen, which represents the highest level of competition in the sport. As of early January, only two spots remained open for the men’s ski superpipe competition there. Chase needed to visualize a way to get her athletes their invites. “I needed a master plan,” she said on Saturday from Vail. “And once we knew how we were going to do it, we weren’t taking no for an answer.” That master plan had two components. One of those athletes needed to make the podium in the Grand Prix, a World Cup event at Copper Mountain Jan. 11, and the other needed to win the North Face Open on Jan. 17 at Whistler. “I couldn’t go to North Face with both of them needing a spot,” she said. “So we said absolutely Aaron was going to be on the podium at the Grand Prix and absolutely Alex was going to win North Face. It was the only way they were going to get in; there was no other option. And they accepted the challenge.”

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Aaron Blunck, 16, and Alex Ferreira, 18, are also best friends. When Blunck finished second at the Grand Prix, top among Americans, Ferreira was not far behind him in sixth. It was the first time he had made finals in a big competition like the World Cup, and he was extremely excited ... for Blunck. “My best friend Aaron Blunck took second, so I was really stoked about that,” Ferreira told me when I asked him about his run. “It was a great competition, the weather was a little iffy though. It was really snowy conditions plus the wind, but I managed to put down two good runs.” The weather was iffy indeed. The I-70 corridor in our area had received 4 inches of snow in about a two-hour span, a quick storm that snuck up on a lot of people. Vail had reported 0 inches in their morning update, which is taken at about 5 a.m. By 10 a.m., the storm had passed. But for a few hours in between there, the snow was coming down fast and furious, threatening to derail Chase’s plan. After the event I had a chance to

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ask her about the drive up to Copper from Vail. “It adds stress to your morning, when you’re in a car that’s fishtailing up the pass,” she said. “Are you even going to get there to do your job? Or is Mother Nature and the universe just going to take it away from you?” She said driving the athletes over the pass represented her part of the danger on the day. “Then they had to go do the dangerous part for themselves,” she said. “So we all put in our effort. I told them they were walking home if they didn’t do well.” Blunck did well (his run: a double cork 1260, a right 900, a left 900, an alley oop 540, a 1080 and a switch 720), and Chase drove them home. Judge Andrew Wickes told me he liked the fact that Blunck was spinning both ways and held his grabs for a long time. “Just overall he was looking really strong today,” Wickes said after the event. “It didn’t look like the conditions bothered him too much. He was able to get in there and still keep his amplitude up with the bad snow. And his grabs were pretty exceptional. That separated him from the pack.” Four days later, Blunck broke some great news via his Facebook page. The post read: “Cannot believe it is actually true! My dream has come true got my first ever X Games invite! I have never been so stoked in my life!” Tanner Hall, a legend of the sport who will also compete in the X Games ski superpipe for the first time in four years (on their website, ESPN touts him as being “now recovered from double knee injuries and a pain medication addiction”) had a sportsman’s response. “YES BREDDA! YOU DESERVE IT!” he wrote. Meanwhile, Blunck said he was nervously hoping the other spot would go to his buddy Ferreira. “I was really hoping, really pulling for him,” Blunck said from Vail on Saturday. “So stoked we get to go there together.” Ferreira said the news about Blunck’s invite reached him as he was getting to Whistler. “We were just yelling all over the hotel room, we were so happy for him,” Ferreira told me on Saturday, speaking over the phone from Aspen, where he lives. “And then I said in my mind, ‘He’s my best friend and I want to go with him.’” Ferreira said he knew he had to win to make that happen. Among his competitors was former X Games superpipe gold medalist Xavier Bertoni. “I was in the conversation, but I think someone else would’ve gotten it before me if I hadn’t won,” Ferreira said.” Before my run I was nervous, but I thought I could actually win this thing and I just gotta go hard and do it.” Ferreira’s run (left cork 1080, switch right cork 720, left double flair tail grab, right cork 900, alley oop flat spin 540 mute) went off as planned. Bertoni wound up in third. Along the way, Annalisa Drew, another SSCV athlete of Chase’s,

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picked up a win and an X Games invite, as well. “This is unreal!” Drew wrote on her Facebook page on Friday after receiving the news. Chase said the 19-year old has come a long way and continues to progress. “She’s pretty gutsy,” Chase said.

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Ferreira is a senior at Aspen High School, but trains at SSCV with Chase. While Chase plays a game of chess in figuring out how she’s going to get these young men to the level at which they need to compete, Blunck and Ferreira are strategizing for their own parts, on how they’re going to do well in both school and sport. Chase tells me school-wise that things may be a little different for Ferreira than Blunck, who attends the Vail Ski & Snowboard Academy in Minturn. “Aaron’s been identified for a program called HIT or High Intensity Travel, so he has an extra tutor to help him through the year with his school work,” she said. Blunck described the schoolsport juggling act as a “huge challenge.” “I’ve been trying my best to keep caught up with it but it’s been super hard,” he said. “I wanna stay less stressed for the comps but I need to focus on school, so I’ve been kinda juggling it, but lately I’ve been going more towards skiing.” At one point during my phone conversation with Ferreira on Saturday, he told me he has to write a

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SSCV’s Alex Ferreira won the ski halfpipe competition at the North Face Open in Whistler on Thursday, earning him the final spot at the upcoming Winter X Games in Aspen. six-page paper that evening. “I have to think about that all the time,” said Ferreira, who the U.S. Ski Team calls a “straight-A student” on their website. “I’m out of school for months, and I have so much stuff to do.” But while they have to juggle schoolwork and the normal pressures of being students, Blunck and Ferreira say age is on their side. “I’m not too intimated at all about age,” Blunck told me with a big smile when I asked him if age is a factor. “But I feel like some of the older guys may be though, now that the youth has come up. Maybe they’re a little intimidated,

but I know I’m not.” When asked about their goals for X Games, Blunck and Ferreira’s responses were identical. “To make finals,” they said. There is no elimination round for the women, so Drew has already made finals, scheduled for 8:30 p.m. Friday. The men’s elimination round is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. Thursday. The men’s ski superpipe finals will follow the women’s and is scheduled for 10:30 p.m. Friday. Watch all events live on the ESPN television network, which has more than 20 hours of programming dedicated to this year’s 17th Winter X.

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boy. Those down-home roots nearly clash with her pro snowboarder persona: Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s short â&#x20AC;&#x201C; even for a pipe jock â&#x20AC;&#x201C; with blonde hair, a nose ring and a weakness for the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Twilightâ&#x20AC;? series, not to mention a spot on Maxim magazineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2012 â&#x20AC;&#x153;hottest snow bunniesâ&#x20AC;? list. When Farrington takes to the X Games halfpipe this Saturday night, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be the second WLPHVKHFRPSHWHVLQ$VSHQZLWKEURNHQERQHV/DVW\HDUVKHPDGHĂ&#x20AC;QDOVZLWKKHUOHIWZULVW LQDFDVW²WKHVDPHVLGHVKHEUXWDOL]HGLQ4XHEHF Since bursting onto the womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s halfpipe scene with a surprise gold medal at the Euâ&#x20AC;&#x153;These injuries have been the story of my career, but I keep coming at it,â&#x20AC;? Farrington says. ropean X Games in 2010 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; she beat longtime Australian powerhouse Torah Bright for the â&#x20AC;&#x153;I just enjoy snowboarding too much.â&#x20AC;? WLWOH²)DUULQJWRQKDVQRWFKHGQXPHURXVSRGLXPĂ&#x20AC;QLVKHVDFURVVWKHZRUOG7KH\HDUROG Ski and Snowboard Club Vail (SSCV) athlete took second at the U.S. Open in Vermont the The changing face of SSCV same year, and recently bested Olympic gold medalists Bright and Kelly Clark for a win at For nearly 50 years, SSCV has long been a breeding ground for stellar alpine racers, from Breckenridgeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dew Tour. international superstar Lindsey Vonn to current slalom phenom Mikaela Shiffrin. The club )DUULQJWRQLVIDVWEHFRPLQJDERQDĂ&#x20AC;GHVWDUDOOZKLOHKHUVSRUWLVJURZLQJELJJHUDQG RIWHQĂ&#x20AC;QGVWKHVHDWKOHWHVDWD\RXQJDJH²(DJOH9DLOQDWLYH6KLIIULQLVMXVW\HDUVROG²DQG faster. When Bright won Olympic gold in Vancouver, her run included a cab 720 and switch hones their skills from the ground up before (hopefully) turning them over to the U.S. Ski backside 720 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; revolutionary at the time. Now, competitors like Farrington are pushing the Team. ZRPHQ¡VĂ&#x20AC;HOGLQDQHZGLUHFWLRQLQYHUWLQJWKHPDMRULW\RIVOLQNLQJEDFNWREDFNV But snowboarders like Farrington are a bit different. In the past few years, SSCV has and throwing occasional backside 1080s, which she just learned in the past month. And bolstered its freestyle program through athletes with pro-level experience already under thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s where those ill-fated bones come in. their belts. This doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just happen â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the key has been high-level coaches with competitive Roughly a week before this weekendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s X Games competition at Aspen, Farrington was experience of their own, including skier Elana Chase (coach for X Games gold medalist Jen LQ4XHEHFIRUWKH),66QRZERDUG:RUOG&XS&KDPSLRQVKLSV'XULQJDWUDLQLQJUXQRQ-DQ Hudak) and Australian native Ben Boyd. 18, she fell and broke her thumb, a clean break she calls â&#x20AC;&#x153;pretty mellowâ&#x20AC;? that nonetheless â&#x20AC;&#x153;Boydy,â&#x20AC;? as his prodigies lovingly refer to him, took over SSCVâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s snowboard program in UHTXLUHVVXUJHU\DQGDPHWDOSLQ6KHTXDOLĂ&#x20AC;HGVHFRQGLQKHUKHDWWKHQH[WGD\DQGEDUHO\ 2011 after working with pipe riders and Olympians like JJ Thomas and Faye Gulini. Boyd PLVVHGWKHSRGLXPLQWKHĂ&#x20AC;QDOVDOOZKLOHQXUVLQJWKHSUHFDULRXVO\VSOLQWHGWKXPE worked intermittently with Farrington as she moved into snowboardingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s upper echelon, Not that Farrington seems to mind, at least when it comes to pain. She grew up raising and his laid-back approach jived well with her personality. After barely missing the U.S. livestock on her familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ranch outside of Sun Valley, Ida., and describes herself as a tom-

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SneakGEAR: Atomic Tracker bindings The newest burliest touring binding gets put to the test on Vailâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s toughest terrain By Michael Suleiman Backcountry ski bindings have been around longer than downhill bindings. The functional purpose of a modern backcountry binding is allowing your heel to fully release so that you can skin uphill. The perfect backcountry binding is not only light, but also comfortable to hike in, easy to switch to downhill mode, and secure enough to take some solid impact. For now, though, we live in a world where all these elements canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t exist in perfect harmony. This is why alpine touring (AT) bindings have various roles for certain backcountry purposes. A lightweight aluminum touring binding is probably not the best binding for, say, jumping big cliffs. Starting this season, Atomic and Salomon stepped into the backcountry game by releasing a durable, high performance AT binding. The Atomic Tracker and the Salomon Guardian ERWKUHWDLOIRUDURXQG7KHORZSURĂ&#x20AC;OHGHVLJQDOORZVIRUFORVHUVQRZFRQWDFWWKDQRWKHU similar bindings. After talking with a few professional skiers and testing out the Tracker for myself, it became pretty clear that this may just be the best new binding for inbounds and out-of-bounds skiers. Tested by the pros Living in Whistler, British Columbia, professional Atomic skier Mike Shaw spends many days on his powder skis and relies on the durability and convenience of the Tracker to provide him with his backcountry needs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The only reason you think you are on an AT binding is because you know you are on an AT binding,â&#x20AC;? says Shaw. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you were told that this is just a regular alpine binding, you wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know the difference until you were ready to hike. One of the Trackerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s strongest points is its durability. Compared to a regular AT binding, the Atomic Tracker is lower to the ski, has a higher torsional stability due to its materials, and has a wider screw mounting plate.â&#x20AC;? It all sounded pretty good, so after talking with Shaw, it was time to go out and see what this beast of a binding had to offer. We tested the tracker in East Vail, a terrain full of burly cliffs that make for the perfect playground for this binding. Even though it was a bluebird day, temperatures hovered around -15 degrees. Luckily, the Mongolia Poma lift wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t running, which provided some additional hiking time to warm up. Whenever skiing any out of bounds areas, it is absolutely imperative to have backcountry experience and to never ski alone. Local professional skier, and 4FRNT athlete, Palmer Hoyt, joined me for the ski test to provide binding insight.

The Atomic Tracker bindings offer a sturdy, solid binding for hitting big cliffs and navigating backcountry powder, as well as easy-to-use functions for the hike up. Michael Suleiman photo The Tracker comes in at 1482 grams each (roughly 3.25 pounds per binding), which is about three times the weight of some of the smaller touring bindings. However, the Tracker is comparable to the similarly sized Marker Duke. What separates these from the Dukeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, however, is the force these bindings can take. I have witnessed more than a handful of broken Marker AT bindings (including my own), and I believe the Atomic is onto something by designing an easy-to-use binding with a lift track made out of durable metal. As Hoyt points out, some people get overly concerned with the weight of a binding as opposed to its performance going downhill. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d gladly trade a pound or so of weight difference for better performance, he says.

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Snowboarding Team in 2010, she was invited to train with its members, but found the highstrung sessions almost overwhelming. A mellow, calming energy is the hallmark of her best results. ´7KHUHDUHMXVWVRPDQ\JLUOVRQ86WHDP,IHOW,FRXOGĂ&#x20AC;QGDPRUHUHOD[HGHQYLURQPHQW at the club,â&#x20AC;? Farrington says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Riding with all the young kids keeps things laid-back and not serious, because really, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not a serious person.â&#x20AC;? Paint it Black Like Farrington, 22-year-old pipe rider and fellow Boyd recruit Zack Black works best under his own brand of relaxed pressure. The Summit County native â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a near-doppelganger for fellow pro snowboarder Danny Davis, sans burly beard â&#x20AC;&#x201C; was on skis at 18 months old, and began competing professionally as a high school freshman. Since 2007, he has made UHJXODUĂ&#x20AC;QDOURXQGDSSHDUDQFHVDW),6:RUOG&XSHYHQWVDQGZDVDQDOWHUQDWHDWODVW\HDU¡V X Games in Aspen. At Breckenridge Mountain â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the birthplace of pipe riding and one of Blackâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sponsors â&#x20AC;&#x201C; he set himself apart with switch backside spins and massive amplitude. Marquee riders like Shaun White and Louie Vito have made inverted spins the norm, but Black has always gone against the grain. His birth name is â&#x20AC;&#x153;Zachary,â&#x20AC;? but â&#x20AC;&#x153;Zachâ&#x20AC;? never looked right, and he unofĂ&#x20AC;FLDOO\FKDQJHGWKHVSHOOLQJLQHOHPHQWDU\VFKRRO â&#x20AC;&#x153;For me, the key to progression is always about enjoying snowboarding and where Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m at,â&#x20AC;? Black says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m trying too hard and thinking about winning at all costs, I just canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make it happen. You see so many guys who go out with the same perfect run over and over, but I just like to go with what feels right.â&#x20AC;? Blackâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s philosophy sits in stark contrast to someone like White, who is notoriously competitive. Black admits that Whiteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s track record is foreboding â&#x20AC;&#x201C; â&#x20AC;&#x153;You donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to assume heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always going to win, but heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s at such a high level,â&#x20AC;? Black says â&#x20AC;&#x201C; but still enjoys the chance to learn from near-unbeatable rivals. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an alternate again at this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s X Games, DQGWKDW¡VMXVWĂ&#x20AC;QH+HOLNHQV6XQGD\HYHQLQJ¡VKDOISLSHĂ&#x20AC;QDOWRDGU\UXQIRUWKH:LQter Olympics in Russia â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the podiums could easily be the same. â&#x20AC;&#x153;These are the top riders in the world,â&#x20AC;? Black says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tough to make it to that top rung, especially as an American. Even on practice runs I see things that blow me away, and as VRPHRQHĂ&#x20AC;JKWLQJIRUWKDWWRSSRVLWLRQLW¡VLPSRUWDQWQRWWROHW\RXUULGLQJJRVWDJQDQWÂľ Although Black was cut from the U.S. Olympic team right before Vancouver, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s already TXDOLĂ&#x20AC;HGIRUWKHWHDPZLWKDĂ&#x20AC;IWKSODFHĂ&#x20AC;QLVKDW&RSSHU¡V:RUOG&XSHYHQLQPLG -DQXDU\)DUULQJWRQKDVGRQHWKHVDPHDQGOLNH%ODFNVHHV;*DPHVDVDUHĂ HFWLRQRIWKH WRXJKĂ&#x20AC;HOGVKH¡OOIDFHLQ5XVVLD²KRSHIXOO\ZLWKRXWDFDVW â&#x20AC;&#x153;The vibe of the pipe comp is so much fun because you have a bunch of incredible girls going out and learning to throw new tricks,â&#x20AC;? Farrington says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re all pushing ourselves â&#x20AC;&#x201C; these are the top riders coming together in one place and we can really put on a show.â&#x20AC;? SneakPEAK writer Phil Lindeman can be reached at philip@sneakpeakvail.com

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;If Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going to go out and put myself in a situation where Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m taking the risks in order to achieve the rewards that the mountain has to offer, I need to be in shape physically, mentally and emotionally. The same thing goes for my equipment. If I take out equipment that is lighter, but isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t going to perform as well, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m putting myself at risk,â&#x20AC;? says Hoyt during the Ă&#x20AC;QDOFKDLUOLIWEHIRUHWKH(DVW9DLOKLNH The hike up We made our way to the bottom of the Poma lift, threw on our skins, and began the hike. ,QLWLDOO\WKHELQGLQJZDVVOLJKWO\Ă&#x20AC;QLFN\WRSXWLQWRKLNLQJPRGH+RZHYHULIWKHELQGLQJ switched too easily between hiking to skiing modes, it could result in an unwanted release while skiing down. Unfortunately, the heelpiece of the binding may have been designed slightly too close WRWKHKLNLQJPRGHUHOHDVHWUD\ZKLFKPDNHVLWGLIĂ&#x20AC;FXOWWRSXVKRQLWIURPWKHDSSURSULDWH DQJOHZLWKDVNLSROH:LWKWKDWEHLQJVDLGPRVW$7ELQGLQJVWDNHDELWRIWLPHWRĂ&#x20AC;JXUHRXW After discovering that the handle of my pole made for the best release â&#x20AC;&#x153;pusher,â&#x20AC;? the process became much smoother. The tracker has two different hiking modes, one for hiking up steep hills with ease and DQRWKHUIRUWDNLQJVPRRWKHUVWULGHVRQĂ DWWHUJURXQG7KHELQGLQJUHTXLUHVYHU\OLWWOHSUHVsure to go back into fully locked alpine mode, which is perfect for longer expeditions with uphill and downhill sections. This allows the user to keep his skins on and be able to glide down portions while remaining locked into the binding. When the next hill presents itself, a quick push with the pole is all thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s needed to go back to hiking mode. This smooth transitioning is easily one of the best features of the binding. Other bindings UHTXLUHWKHVNLHUWRVWHSIXOO\RXWDQGĂ LSDVZLWFKLQWKHPLGGOHRIWKHELQGLQJPDNLQJLW GLIĂ&#x20AC;FXOWWRJREDFNDQGIRUWKEHWZHHQKLNLQJDQGVNLLQJPRGHQRWWRPHQWLRQWKHWLPH\RX¡OO waste removing jammed snow. At the top of East Vail, I took off my skins and prepared to ski some untouched powder. Despite their size and bulky nature, the Trackers exceeded all of my binding performance expectations. After dropping smaller cliffs and making hard-cut turns all day, there was no play or movement in these bindings, and I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t wait to get back on them.

Skier Palmer Hoyt slashes through some powder turns in East Vail using Atomic Trackers. Our gear testers found that the AT binding withstood the conditions and aggressive skiing like no other on the market. Michael Suleiman photo. Atomic set out with the goal of making a heavy-duty, durable alpine binding that also functions as an AT binding. I believe they have succeeded, also making the perfect binding for shorter backcountry expeditions. SneakPEAK writer Michael Suleiman can be reached at info@sneakpeakvail.com

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By Geoff Mintz

Why Don’t Kids Tune Their Skis Anymore?

In preparation for the Grand Prix at Copper Mountain, ski technician Kevin Rodney sends an athlete’s ski through the Wintersteiger Trim Jet in the tuning room at the Vail Ski and Snowboard Academy in Minturn, Colo.

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Athletes from Ski & Snowboard Club Vail (SSCV) left to compete at the USASA snowboard cross and ski cross event in Copper while other local athletes headed up to Aspen to compete in a USASA event for halfpipe and slopestyle. The result? Many medals. In Aspen, SSCV coach William Rivera said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;They all rose to the occasion and put down clean runs all weekend, bringing home nine gold medals, two silvers, a bronze, and several top fives. This was a fantastic start to the competitive season that lies ahead.â&#x20AC;? At the event, Jack Coyne finished first for the menehune boys (10-11) in slopestyle as well as pipe. Dillon Okurowski placed second in slopestyle and first in halfpipe in the breaker boys (12-13) category. Ian Kalapos placed first in slopestyle and third in halfpipe for the breaker boys category. Colton Balentine cleaned up with a win in both halfpipe and slopestyle for the youth men category (14-15). Josue Velasco rode well and placed fourth in the slopestyle competition for youth men, followed by Jake Leventhal in fifth. In the junior men (16-17) category, Oliver Pilas came away with a firstplace slopestyle win. For the girls, Mary Prantis placed first in

the slopestyle competition and first in the halfpipe competition for the breaker girls category. Bren Blower performed well in the breaker girls slopestyle and finished in fourth. Emily Duncan rode well in the halfpipe competition and placed second for the youth women (14-15). As one part of the SSCV Snowboard Team was crushing the competition in Aspen, their teammates were at Copper dominating the podium for snowboard cross. â&#x20AC;&#x153;For a lot of our crew, it was more or less a preview of who they are going to race against at nationals,â&#x20AC;? said coach McKenzie Ryan. Snowboarder Cameron Chaney from SSCV raced his way into a nice third-place podium spot in the breaker boys class. Sean Roley, racing in the youth men category, also landed in third place at the competition, just behind Rossignol rider Senna Leith out of Vail. Olivia Boomhower raced well in the open class womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s category with a first-place on day 1 of the event and a second-place finish on day 2. On top of the snowboard crew, young Vail skiers also landed on the podium with Izak Little placing first and Pearson Black placing second in the skier boys category (1012). Hannah Harnick walked away with a first place finish in the skier women category (13-15).

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No. 25 Miami defeats top-ranked Duke, 90-63 By Steven Wine AP SPORTS WRITER

CORAL GABLES, Fla. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; With a steady din coming from the sea of orange behind the visitorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; basket, No. 1 Duke had a tough time making a shot. The Blue Devils went more than 8 minutes without a field goal in the first half Wednesday night, and a sellout became a blowout for No. 25 Miami, which delighted a boisterous crowd with a 90-63 victory. The defeat was the third-worst ever for a No. 1 team. The last time Duke lost a regularseason game by a bigger margin was in January 1984. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t demoralizing; they played better,â&#x20AC;? Blue Devils guard Rasheed Sulaimon said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I believe we have them on the schedule again.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;We expected them to be terrific, and we have to match terrific, and then you have a terrific game,â&#x20AC;? Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What you had was a terrific win for them, but not a terrific game. We didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t hold

our end of the bargain.â&#x20AC;? Miami (14-3, 5-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) beat a No. 1 team for the first time, taking control with a stunning 25-1 run midway through the opening half. The Blue Devils missed 13 consecutive shots despite numerous good looks, while four Hurricanes hit 3pointers during the run that transformed a 14-13 deficit into a 38-15 lead. Duke (16-2, 3-2) fell to 0-2 when playing on an opponentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s court. The Blue Devilsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; other loss came at North Carolina State, a defeat that cost them the No. 1 ranking. They regained the top spot this week but seemed rattled by the capacity crowd, only the 10th in 10 years at Miamiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on-campus arena. Students began lining up for seats outside the arena almost 24 hours before tipoff, a rarity for the attendance-challenged Hurricanes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know how you can sit outside for a basketball game for that long,â&#x20AC;? Miami guard Durand Scott said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That made me want to win for them even more.â&#x20AC;? The Hurricanes, who are alone atop the league standings, won their sixth consecutive game. They beat Duke for the second straight time â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but only the fourth time in the 19-game series.

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Female slopestyle skiers/riders debate the need for their own courses By Jason Blevins The Denver Post The Denver Post Posted:

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ASPEN â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Kaya Turski was "just happy to make it out alive" in the Breckenridge Dew Tour slopestyle competition last month. The skier stuck her run and took gold, but the blustering conditions made the course too dangerous, she said. The top women's qualifier, Denver's Emilia Wint, crashed on the final 67-foot hit of the slopestyle course and left the venue on a stretcher. "Sure, there are inherent risks in the sport. But I think I see a lot more girls go down than there should be, a lot less than the guys," said the 24-year-old Turski, the most dominant female skier in women's slopestyle. "That's probably a mixture of our bodies not being as strong and maybe the features being a little too big for what we can handle. Factor in the size of our skis and our weight and we can't go as fast as the men can and that will play a big part on a bad, windy day. "That can really amp up the risk factor to really great heights." Turski isn't alone in her worries, especially as women slopestyle skiers and snowboarders prepare for their debut in the Sochi Winter Olympics next year. A growing number of influential female riders think it's time to consider a female-specific slopestyle course with smaller jumps. It's a controversial suggestion that may undermine decade-long efforts by women to secure equal treatment, exposure and prize purses. "And equal courses. I have mixed feelings about it. I think it's pretty cool that we get to ride with the guys and that these jumps are doable for us," said 22-year-old Jamie Anderson, a South Lake Tahoe snowboarder who won her fourth title and sixth slopestyle medal Saturday on the X Games course. Anderson said the X slopestyle course was "amazing and challenging," but admitted: "I hope it doesn't get much bigger." While she agrees that pitting 120-pound girls against 200-pound men on the same course during a snowstorm â&#x20AC;&#x201D; when essential speed is difficult to maintain â&#x20AC;&#x201D; can be "a little nutty," Anderson doesn't support developing separate features for women. "I think it would be a step back," said the 10-year X Games competitor. "I think that it shows the best, solid riders when they are able to work out, stay strong, eat healthy and be able to ride a really challenging course like this. I think today showed there's a really high level of women's riding." Turski, Anderson's slopestyle counterpart on skis, said she understands the "step back" perspective on pushing for a separate women's slopestyle course. Still, she wants to see smaller takeoffs, which would allow women to better showcase their skills with more technical tricks while lowering the risks. Turski said female slopestyle competitors too often are focusing on simply surviving or landing clean, instead of upping technical progression with more complicated trickery. "What's number one to me is staying safe and taking care of my body," Turski said. "I want to walk when I'm 30. I think something needs to be said. This is an issue that needs to be addressed for the younger generation." California's Snow Park Technologies has built the X Games slopestyle course for several years. No one from the terrain park group responded to repeated requests for comment. It's a tough call, said Gretchen Bleiler, a pioneer in women's snowboarding. Ladies rarely compete side by side with men in any sport, she said. "They are separated for a reason," said Bleiler, who rides primarily in the halfpipe and rarely has entered in slopestyle events. Page 1 of 2

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http://www.denverpost.com/extremes/ci_22458891/female-slopestyle-skiers-riders-debate-need-their-own Bleiler said slopestyle might open up to a wider field if smaller features allow more technical spinning or even off-axis â&#x20AC;&#x201D; corked â&#x20AC;&#x201D; tricks. The three top snowboarding men in Saturday's slopestyle finals medaled by spinning 1260-degree and 1080-degree triple corks. The women did not flip and none spun more than 720 degrees. "With their own jumps you might see the sport at its best, and right now you are only seeing a couple people winning," Bleiler said. "The top few are really the only ones able to step up to that level and I don't know if that is the best thing for the sport. We are working just as hard as the guys. We are just built differently." Elana Chase, Ski & Snowboard Club Vail's vaunted freeski coach, thinks aligning smaller jumps for women adjacent to the larger jumps would not work. "Everyone is going to want to hit the big jump. That's who these people are. Male or female, they have guts, they have huge confidence and huge courage, and they are going to go for the biggest thing that they can," Chase said. Chase said weather woes in recent slopestyle contests have concealed the true talent of women slopestyle snowboarders and skiers, forcing the athletes to battle for survival versus going big. Grete Eliassen, an influential freeskier who won bronze in the 2011 X Game slopestyle contest, said course designers have stepped up huge in recent years, designing jumps and features that are safe yet challenging. She said scheduling weather days for competitions would help women frustrated with competing on courses while hindered by falling snow or flat light. "The weather factor is huge for women," Eliassen said. "If you want younger kids to be involved, they will have to make the same speed and it's a matter of weight and weather. Still, I think the courses have been getting really great and safer over the years. If you go back several years ago to like the U.S. Open, the jumps were awesome but they were not safe and there was carnage everywhere." Jason Blevins: 303-954-1374, jblevins@denverpost.com or twitter.com/jasontblevins

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Ski & Snowboard Club Vail members Henry Strauch, 10, a competitive freestyle skier, and 6-year-old Charlie Strauch, an alpine skier, recently handed out cookies and talked about SSCV scholarships with members of the community. They succeeded in raising $200.

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Ski & Snowboard Club Vail is in the last few days of its largest scholarship fundraiser for the year, the Month Long Bring It On, during which athletes in all of the clubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s disciplines reach out to anyone they know â&#x20AC;&#x201D; as well as some they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know â&#x20AC;&#x201D; to raise money to provide any aspiring skiers or snowboarders with the opportunity to pursue their dreams. Last year, 100 kids from SSCVâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 500-plus participants, or nearly 20 percent of SSCV athletes, received assistance totaling more than $150,000. The final day for the fundraiser is Thursday. SSCV has reached 44 percent of its goal of $50,000. The competitive nature of many of the clubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s athletes has kicked in, and these remaining few days count. The athlete who raises the most money will secure a scholarship valued at $500 for next yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program. Of course, most of the kids are trueblue gear heads, and the idea of raising $2,000, securing them a GoPro camera to install on their helmets, is a driving force. While most children are reaching out to their nearest relatives and closest friends, some are going a step further. Burke Fancher and Max Timm, athletes in the U-14 alpine program at SSCV, recently forayed into town after training and approached complete strangers to raise money for a cause they feel strongly about. The mission was successful, with the two raising more than $200, $150 of which was made online from one very generous donor who was giv-

en the website information. Homemade cookies, as well as a homemade sign, created the second act of kindness from random strangers. Ten-year-old Henry Strauch, a competitive freestyle skier, and 6-year-old Charlie Strauch, an alpine skier, recently handed out cookies and talked about the SSCV scholarships with members of the community. They succeeded in raising $200. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When I started talking to them about the fact that many of their friends in SSCV rely on these scholarships in order to be able to train with the club, they became more intent on reaching out to the community,â&#x20AC;? said the boysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; mother, Kim Strauch. The boys learned how to communicate a clear message without relying on anyone else. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think that the adults were impressed with how the kids communicated what the scholarship fund was,â&#x20AC;? Strauch said. The boys handed out cookies to anyone who would listen to them talk for a minute or two. Ski & Snowboard Club Vail prides itself on the three Câ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s: character, courage and commitment. The Month Long Bring It On fundraiser is intended to enable all kids in our community the opportunity to follow their on-snow dreams and their off-snow development. If you would like to donate to SSCV or learn more about the Month Long Bring It On fundraiser, visit the clubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website, www.skiclubvail.org, or make a donation online at www.active.com/donate/month longbringiton.

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Skiers and snowboarders carve up the walls of Vail’s 22-foot-high superpipe Saturday at Golden Peak.

Golden Peak Superpipe opens as North America’s largest halfpipe By Randy Wyrick

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VAIL — If you’re going to build a superpipe, go big or go home.

Vail’s Golden Peak Superpipe is North America’s largest and is already open in time for next month’s Burton U.S. Open snowboard championships.

Why it’s safe, mostly

You might think a bigger pipe is more dangerous, but it’s not, said Ben Boyd, snowboard coach with Ski & Snowboard Club Vail. At next month’s Burton U.S. Open, the elite men fly 15 to 18 feet off the top of the 22-foot superpipe. That’s soaring 40 feet above the ground.

“If you’re going that high, you want everything to be as safe as possible,” Boyd said. “People think that because it’s bigger it’s more dangerous. They’re actually safer in the bigger pipes.” There’s more room to learn in and more room to land in, room for big air and big mistakes, Boyd said. Once upon a time when snowboarding was young, a halfpipe was 10 to 12 feet high, mostly because that’s about as high as snowboarders could pile snow with their shovels. Superpipe, page A4

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How it’s built

The Golden Peak Superpipe is 600 feet long and 22 feet high. Building it isn’t complicated; it’s just hard work. It’s also meticulous, a little tedious and very time consuming, said Brad Hoerter, with Snow Park Technologies, the company that built Vail’s pipe. It took 11, 20-hour days to build North America’s biggest superpipe, and that’s after they made enough snow to do it. “It’s pretty simple. It just takes a long time,” Hoerter said in a Vail Resorts news release. Hoerter has been with Snow Park Technologies for six years and has worked on the Shaun White Red Bull halfpipe near Silverton, as well as the Dew Tour, the World Snowboarding Championships in Oslo, Norway, and countless others. All halfpipes are put together pretty much the same way, he said. • First, snowmakers make a massive pile of snow. If you’ve skied Vail, you might have noticed it piling up on Golden Peak. • Second, grooming lays the foundation. “Ninety percent of our time is moving snow where it needs to be,” Hoerter said. “Ten percent is actually shaping and measuring the pipe.” • Third, the walls are built up to 22 feet, one wall and then the other. Superpipes, it turns out, may measure height by the yard, but building them is a matter of inches. “A halfpipe is such a colossal pile of snow, but it comes down to a matter of inches, halfdegrees. The slower you go, the better it turns out,” he said. • Fourth, after rough shaping the sidewalls, they spent the last two days sculpting it with the Zaugg 22-foot Pipe Monster.

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VAIL — The neighbors of the Vail golf course clubhouse won a recent victory in the group’s lawsuit against the town of Vail and Vail Recreation District. The town and recreation district had asked District Judge Frederick Gannett to dismiss the suit, filed last year. Gannett on Jan. 15 rejected that motion. That means the town and recreation district now have to answer the homeowners’ complaint. That complaint is based in large part on one paragraph of a 1984 document that sold the golf course property to the town — for $10. The Pulis family, which owned one of the original ranches on the valley floor, had first leased the golf course property to the town. Part of that sale document contains language known as a “covenant” that requires the buyer to maintain the property “… in perpetuity for a public golf course or open space or park for the benefit of the public and only such other related support facilities required for those purposes.” “That’s a cornerstone of our case,” said attorney Chris Toll, of Denver-based Holland and Hart, the law firm representing the golf course neighbors. Toll said part of the legal wrangling will probably involve just who can interpret and enforce the covenant attached to the property. Sam Maslak, one of the golf course neighbors, said the idea of whether or not that covenant can be enforced goes beyond this dispute with the town. “If (town officials) can ignore the covenant here, they can ignore covenants elsewhere,” Maslak said. That, he added, could affect property values across the town. And it’s property values that lie at the heart of the neighbors’ complaints. Neighbors believe their homes might be worth less if the town continues with plans to use

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$9.4 million: Money in an account once intended to build a conference center in Vail. 923: Votes cast in a Nov. 8, 2011, election on use of that money. 679: Margin of victory for the ballot question about use of the conference center funds, which included the proposed golf course clubhouse renovation. What’s next? The Vail Planning and Environmental Commission was scheduled to hold a public hearing today on the plan for renovating the Vail golf course clubhouse. That hearing has been delayed until Feb. 11.

the golf course clubhouse as a small events center, aimed primarily at weddings and private parties. Weddings are held at the clubhouse now but only about 15 per year, Maslak said. A small events center could bring 100 events over 120 days or so, he said. “That’s a massive, invasive increase in scale,” Maslak said. And that simply doesn’t fit in with the neighborhood. Maslak and his neighbors also are worried about the parking needs that would come with such a center. Even if wedding parties are required to take shuttles to the clubhouse, Maslak said parking is already at a premium at the course. Since the dispute with the neighbors is in court, Vail Town Attorney Matt Mire wouldn’t comment on the case. Vail Town Council member Greg Moffet wouldn’t go much farther but did have one comment. “If you look at the ballot language and the vote total … there you go,” Moffet said. While the neighbors say they don’t want what’s currently proposed, Maslak said the group does want the clubhouse renovated. “I can’t see a problem with 15 weddings a year,” Maslak said. “But the idea of a place that businesses in town use as part of their business plans is just too much.”

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Those early half pipes were round on the side but had flat bottoms. You could land a trick and still get hurt. “If you landed on the bottom, you might injure yourself,” Boyd said. That, and snowboarders were trying all sorts of death-defying stuff. As guys and girls went bigger — more complicated tricks and flying higher — halfpipes also improved. These days, a halfpipe is elliptical from the bottom to the top, Boyd said. “It’s just technology,” Boyd said. “The boards are better. The pipes are better.”

A brief history of halfpipes

Lee Crane tells it this way in TransWorld Snowboarding magazine: The whole thing goes back to skateboarding. By the mid 1970s, skateboarders had graduated from riding flat streets to drainage ditches and swimming pools. Back then, snowboarding was an outlaw sport and resorts didn’t see it as a market they wanted to attract. So, snowboarders had to find their own fun. Riders in the Lake Tahoe area found it first, in 1979, on the edge of a city dump. Those early pipes were modified natural terrain, nothing more. In 1983, Tom Sims, founder of Sims Snowboards, organized the first World Championships at Soda Springs, Calif.

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Snowboarding was a small and fussy world back then. The Burton crew threatened to boycott those first world championships because they said halfpipe riding had nothing to do with snowboarding. And the halfpipe was pretty terrible — it was just two rows of snow chunks about four feet high. By 1986, the World Championships moved to Breckenridge, where the ski company built a pipe, about 150 feet long, 60 feet wide, with walls about 5 feet high and no vertical. It was bad, but it was better than anything Soda Springs built. Breck got the hang of it the next year, greeting the world championships with a pipe 200 feet long, 40 feet wide, with 6-foot walls that went nearly vertical. When the contest was over, the pipe remained and the general public loved it. Hoerter and everyone else who sculpts halfpipes can thank Colorado farm machinery mechanic Doug Waugh for making their jobs possible. Waugh built his Pipe Dragon in 1991. Waugh’s Pipe Dragon was towed behind a snowcat and was the first machine designed to groom a curved shape. Vail used it that year. So did Eldora, Snowmass, Buttermilk and Copper Mountain, according to TransWorld Snowboarding magazine. Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 or rwyrick@vaildaily.com.

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NorAms coming to Vail Races start Thursday By Michael Suleiman

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All races are at Golden Peak in Vail.

VAIL — Come out next weekend to watch some of the best up-and-coming racers in the world compete at Golden Peak. The FIS alpine NorAm Cup is a gateway to the World Cup, where athletes such as Lindsey Vonn, Bode Miller, Ted Ligety and Julia Mancuso challenge the best ski racers from across the globe. A limited quota for each country qualifies athletes to participate in the NorAm Cup races each season. Discipline and overall winners from the winterlong series will earn a coveted World Cup start next year for their efforts. The NorAm series consists of 28 contests: four downhills, six super-Gs, eight giant slaloms, eight slaloms and two super combineds hosted by ski resorts in the United States and Canada. This year, the teams kicked off the series in Colorado at Loveland, Aspen and Copper Mountain. Then they travelled to Canada, where Panorama, British Columbia, hosted the next set of races. The athletes return to the U.S. in February to race at Vail. Their final leg for the men goes north to British Columbia and Alberta, Canada, to compete at Apex and Nakiska, and the ladies finish up in California at Squaw Valley and Sugar Bowl. U.S. athletes in 2012 won more than half of the NorAm titles. As an important step in their journey to the World Cup, World Championships and Olympics, notable past overall title winners include Thomas Biesemeyer (2011), Leanne Smith and Andrew Weibrecht (2007), Megan McJames and Jake Zamanski (2006), Stacey Cook (2004), Marco Sullivan (2001) and Jake Fiala (2000). Discipline title winners include Ryan

Thursday: Men’s GS. Friday: Men’s GS. Saturday: Men’s and ladies’ slalom. Sunday: Men’s and ladies’ slalom. Monday: Ladies’ GS. Tuesday: Ladies’ GS. Ski & Snowboard Club Vail athletes to watch: • Abby Ghent • Katharine Irwin • Paula Moltzan • Erika McCormick • Katie Talbot • Devon Clarke • Alex Leever • Montana Marzario • Seppi Stiegler • Nick Cohee • Colin Hayes • Dylan Brooks • Tanner Mottau • Conner McDonald • Nick Braun • Sean McCormick • Scott Cooper

Cochran-Seigle, of the famed ski racing Cochran family (super-G 2011; overall, downhill and superG 2012); Ski & Snowboard Club Vail members Will Gregorak (GS 2011) and Julia Littman (downhill 2006); three-time World Cup GS titlist and Olympic champion Ted Ligety (slalom 2004); world and Olympic champion Julia Mancuso (slalom 2002, giant slalom 2000) and Olympic gold medalist Picabo Street (downhill 2001). Ski & Snowboard Club Vail is proud to host two giant slaloms and two slaloms on Golden Peak for approximately 140 men and 100 women Thursday through Feb. 5. Volunteers are still needed. If you are interested in helping, email volunteers@skiclubvail.org.

The Bolle Age Class heated up for Round 2 at Breckenridge this past weekend. With 108 U14 boys and 107 U14 girls, there was an impressive amount of talent at the event. SSCV had the most competitors, with 35 male racers and 28 female racers. On Day 1 of the event, there were two super-G races for the boys and one race for the girls. On Sunday, there were two super-G races for the girls and one for the boys. The conditions were a bit soft, but there were some exceptional results at the event from these finely tuned local racers. On Saturday in Race 1, Colby Lange, from SSCV, won the entire race with a fast time of 1 minute, 3.84 seconds. Bridger Gile, of SSCV, had a great day, beating more than 100 other racers and placed in fourth overall. Brendan Keane, who won the previous Bolle Age Class in Beaver Creek, placed sixth, followed by Jacob Dilling in seventh and Peer Carnes in eighth. Race 2 proved just as successful for Lange, with a nice second-place finish followed by Keane in fifth, Dilling in sixth, Gus Leblanc in eighth, Burke Fancher in ninth and Max Bervy in 10th. Saturday's girls’ results were just as impressive. Sylka Snyder, from SSCV, placed first, with a speedy time of 1:09.80. Gretchen Pavelich, from SSCV, placed second, with a time of 1:10.34, fol-

lowed by Jessica McMurtry from SSCV in fifth, Trinity Chelain in sixth, Dylan Fiore in eighth and Gigi Kelsey rounding out the top 10 in 10th. “Across the board, our girls skied better than they did in training yesterday,” Chace said. “There are girls that might not have been on the podium today, but we are in the point of the season where things are really starting to click for everyone.” Sunday brought more warm weather and a few new inches of snow. Top 10 results from SSCV athletes poured in on the second day of the races. The boys locked down places three through nine, with Lange in third, Keane in fourth, Gile in fifth, Dilling in sixth, Leblanc in seventh, Flinn Lazier in eighth and Cameron Woodland in ninth. Lange landed on the podium in every race of the weekend out of a field of more than 100 racers. During the first girls’ race of the day, Pavelich placed fifth, Michaela Strizencova placed sixth and McMurtry tied with Lily Dines. During the second race of the day, there were six girls in the top 10 from SSCV. Strizencova bumped up her rank from earlier in the day and ended in third. Following Strizencova was Snyder in fifth, Dines in sixth, Zoey Livran in seventh, Emma Hall in eighth and Anna Scott in ninth. “Everyone skied well this weekend,” Chace said. “Athletes from every team skied really well. I think it was due to the fact that everyone got an extra inspection run at the start of the competition.”

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