Grand Mesa USSA
Wednesday, 12 December 2012 21:44
For the second consecutive year the Summit USSA/NRL XC Ski Races had to be moved for lack of snow. The Steamboat Ski Touring Center stepped up last year, but this time, regional racers traveled to the Grand Mesa- elevation 10,300 feet- for two USSA point races. Events were organized by the Grand Mesa Nordic Council. This was their first foray into larger scale race events and they did an admirable job on short notice. The Grand Mesa trail system had great snow coverage and was most likely the only site in Colorado capable of hosting these events, this past weekend.
The SSWSC XC Program brought seventeen athletes to the races. There was not a shortage of quality results, as Cara Piske lead the way with two breakout performances. She had the fastest time of any female in the 5k Skate race on Saturday. The following day, she narrowly missed repeating the same accomplishment. She ended up winning the J1 division and finishing second overall in a 5k mass start Classic race. Gretchen Burkholder continued to impress, with a third in the Skate race and a second in the Classic race in the J1 division. Madison Keeffe swapped places with her teammate, finishing second in the Skate race and third in the Classic race in the J1 division. Katie Brodie showed good form with two third place finishes for the weekend. Jordi Floyd displayed consistency by placing fourth both days. Tyler Terranova skied to two solid first place finishes in the J3 division. Lars Hannah finished second in the J1 division in Saturday’s Skate race and fourth overall, beating athletes up to six years his senior. He grabbed a fourth place finish in Saturday’s Classic race, with his teammate Evan Weinman three seconds back in fifth. Simon Zink, moving up an age class this season, placed fourth in both races in the J2 division. Seth Zegelstein, brand new to the sport, picked up an eighteenth place, in his first ever Classic race. Spirits were high on the return home, especially seeing the valley blanketed in white.
Evan Barbier- 10th Skate + 9th Classic J2 boys
Tanner Heil- 9th Skate J1 boys
Abbey Habermehl- 5th Skate + 5th Classic J2 girls
Anna Burkholder- 6th Skate + 8th Classic J2 girls
Lark Skov- 10th Skate + 9th Classic J2 girls
Lucy Newman- 2nd Skate + 2nd Classic OJ girls
Dori McNeill- 7th Skate + 7th Classic J1 girls
Wednesday, 31 October 2012 20:36
Bruce's Trail on Rabbit Ears Pass was in excellent shape over the past weekend providing many XC enthusiasts the opportunity to ski on snow. 7.5 kilometers had been groomed by the Steamboat Nordic Council. Skiers from as far away as Denver and Carbondale enjoyed the trails. It was some of the first groomed skiing available in Colorado.