Cody Winters had a great start of the season in December with a 2nd place a Jr. Worlds! He then had to stay in Europe over the Holidays because of contact tracing. In Austria he prepared for 2 World Cup races and 2 European Cup races, where every race went better and better. After a 6th place finish in Austria, Cody was able to win the European Cup race in Davos, Switzerland.!!!
This is a huge accomplishment for Cody and currently he is the top American rider! Read more in the Steamboat Pilot and Today
First, we just hosted our first competition of the year, and it was an awesome success. The Larry Johnson Memorial is the first of two annual qualifiers for Junior National Championships. SSWSC is set to host Junior Championships in March of this year, and last weekend’s qualifier was a great test run for our staff and volunteers.
Check out these great results!
The Junior World Championships team has been named by USA Nordic. We have 7 athletes competing this year (out of 17 total) and Coach Karl Denney has the privilege of attending as the women’s Nordic Combined head coach. The games are in Lahti, FIN, February 8-13.
Congratulations to our qualifying athletes!
Men’s Nordic Combined
Women’s Nordic Combined
Men’s Ski Jumping
Women’s Ski Jumping
Congratulations to Ella, Anabel, Katie, Zoe, and Xander who all competed in their first U.S. Selections event!
Results Day 1:
Wyatt Antkiewicz: 4th
Ricky Casals: 25th
Xander Tatar-Brown: 35th
Andres Valencia: 47th (First FIS event performing a back flip)
Kenzie Radway: 7th (first event since knee surgery 2 years ago)
Anabel Ayad: 30th
Maggie Ryan: 32nd
Zoe Schaab: 33rd
Ella Walker: 35th
Katie McLaughlin: 47th
Olivia Giaccio(US Ski Team): 1st
Avital Carrol (Shimko) (US Ski Team): 3rd
Landon Wendler (US Ski Team): 9th
Youth Development U6
We focused on ski safety and balance this week. We talked a lot about awareness and looking uphill before beginning to ski. We worked on skiing in one long snake together (follow the leader). We practiced an elephant distance between each skier to best keep each other safe! We also practiced stopping safely with a drill called “parking the bus,” where we stopped directly below the person in front of us to create one line of skiers. At lifts we did “masks checks” to be sure that our masks were above our noses.
To practice balance, we worked on bunnies hops in place and while skiing, airplane arms, skiing with hands on the knees, and giant steps while skiing (skiing with one ski, alternating), and finding ribbon roads, loopty loops, and small jumps along the sides of the trails we skied.
We began the day on Christie and had a fun run down Boulevard where some skiers found the “loopty loops” and small jumps along the right side. From there we spent some time in Little Rodeo. Everyone did a great job riding the poma and skiing through the features, as well as down the “ribbon road” (series of small hills/jumps). We skied the area together and then had a free ski, where each skier could choose their own route to meet back with the group at the bottom. This was exciting for each skier to have the freedom to decide their run!
After enjoying a well-earned snack, we headed up on Thuderhead lift. We started off on Why Not, finding a great beginner tree run “Aspen Alley,” cut up and across Rudi’s to find a little bit of pitch, and then continued down the mountain practicing our snake line, balance games, finding the high spots, small jumps, and more “loopty loops.”