Colorado Invite on tap for ski team
The Alaska Anchorage ski team will open Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association action in Colorado Wednesday. The Colorado Invite will begin with the giant slalom even on Wednesday and Thursday. The slalom events will be contested Friday morning with a new dual slalom event held Friday evening. The Nordic events will start with the freestyle races Friday and the classic races Saturday.
Dual Slalom Added
A new dual slalom event will be contested Friday. Racers will compete in a head-to-head format. Skiers will race four times with finish order determined by the cumulative time of all four runs. Any incomplete run will incur a two-second penalty.
JC Schoonmaker was named an alternate to the US Ski Team for the World Junior Championships after his performance at the US National Championships. The Tahoe City, California, native advanced to the quarterfinals of the classic sprints finished 18th in the 10-kilometer freestyle and was 60th in the 15-kilometer classic.
The UAA alpine skiers have posted impressive performances in a number of early races. Liam Wallace was the top U-20 skier in the slalom and giant slalom races at the Panorama Coupe NOR AM Cup. The Calgary, Alberta, native followed up with wins in the giant slalom and slalom at the PANO FIS Races.
The Seawolves posted six top-10 finishes in a pair of giant slalom races at Eldora high lighted by a runner-up finish by Didrik Nilsen on day one and a third place finish by Sky Kelsey on day two.
Alaska Anchorage will remain on the road competing in the Montana State Invite Jan. 16-19.