Oh, Say Can You Ski – Swoosh! News from the Slopes
It’s Thursday. It’s been snowing – A LOT! So it’s time to check in with some ski news.
Last weekend the Lake County Nordic Ski Team represented at Steamboat. So first up, is that report. The Panther’s Nordic team has been seeing their hard work pay off with marked improvement this season. They have two more regular season meets. This Saturday, Feb. 6 in Eagle Valley and then the Panthers will host other student athletes in Leadville on Feb. 13, before heading to Aspen for state Feb. 25 and 26. Go Panthers!
Secondly, they are in the thick of the season out at Ski Cooper and are offering more than just inches and inches of fresh powder, find out what below!
Nordic Team Demonstrates Prowess in Steamboat
By LCHS Nordic Team
On Saturday, the Lake County High School Nordic team traveled to Steamboat Springs for a classic race. The competition took place on the rolling terrain of the Steamboat Springs Touring Center, which is very similar to the trails the Panthers train on at Colorado Mountain College and the Mineral Belt Trail. The team was excited to show their prowess on the long gradual uphill and gentle downhill sections.
The temperatures were warm and fresh snow had fallen the night before, so the waxing for the classic race was tricky. Skis would be too sticky in some locations but slippery in others, but it was the same for every team.
Harper Powell skied the individual start race to perfection, working her way through the field. By the end, Powell had secured the victory, beating 2nd place by four seconds and third place by nearly thirty seconds. Whitney White and Ariel Benney both attacked the course from the start, and White placed 9th and Benney was 16th. Phoebe Powell was close behind in 18th, and Jackie Williams was 25th. Molly Lenhard rounded out the Panthers in 45th.
Benney and Williams notched their qualification to the state meet for classic, meaning that seven female skiers have now qualified for state. The girls’ team also scored enough points to place 2nd out of the twelve teams, their highest finish in many years.
“I’ve been so impressed with our girls all season,” said Coach Karl Remsen. “It was great to have all their hard work pay off today.”
The boys race proved more challenging because the tracks glazed, meaning that most boys resorted to double poling significant portions of the course when they could not get any kick. Charlie Koch led the team with his 20th place finish. Joe Koch continued to showcase his improvement in his classic technique by placing 29th. Brandon Hanson was right behind him in 32nd place, qualifying him for the state meet.
“Brandon had a great week of practice, so I was confident he would be ready to have a good race,” Coach Remsen mentioned after the results were up.
Zayden Tufte had a great race to place 52nd, Zach Coffin strode to 67th, and Andrew Gardner fought through sticky skis to place 76th. Jarrett Rongstad rounded out the team in 89th. Overall, the boys were 6th out of thirteen teams.
The team will be back in action this weekend at Cordillera for a same-day pursuit race.
Music from the Mountain Top: Tunes at Ski Cooper
Next on the lift line of ski news is Ski Cooper, which is offering up more than just great slope conditions with nearly two feet of fresh snow. In the heart of their winter season, you’ll also find some good live music at Katie O’Rourke’s Pub in the lodge.
This afternoon, Feb. 4 skiers and boarders can catch Leadville’s own Carey Nall. He’ll be playing acoustic light rock for Après ski from 3 – 5 p.m. This is part of Cooper’s $30 Thursdays where adults can enjoy a $30 lift ticket (at the window), then stick around and enjoy Après-Ski appetizers with live music in Katie O’Rourke’s Irish Pub! Lift tickets are also available for purchase up until two days prior to arrival.
Then as an added bonus, Cooper will bring back some live tunes to the mountain on February 6. This Saturday, the pub will host Chris Nasta, playing acoustic light rock, again from 3 – 5pm. So get out and enjoy the season!