This weekend Western’s Alpine Ski Team made sure to arc ’em and leave a rut at Echo Mountain. With one chair lift and a tow rope up to the race start, this quaint ski area made Western’s racers feel at ease. USCSA held slalom races both Saturday and Sunday on the one full-length run open, and even set a training course for the racers to warm up on. The whole mountain was dedicated to racers and their families, so it was a bonding experience between the collegiate club teams.
Flat light and a course with tons of micro-terrain Saturday proved to be a challenge for some athletes. Western’s girls fought hard, with Jamie Sitter placing 14th combined and Carley Clegg finishing 24th overall.
The sun came out Sunday, but a strong uphill wind came with it. Causing slower times and the need for speed and aggression on the flats, the wind played a factor in the results. Unluckily, Jamie Sitter got a gust of wind right out of the start on her first run, finishing in 20th place. Carmen Smith, racing in her third slalom race ever, finished her first run in 38th place.
Western’s ladies killed the courses this weekend, along with having a blast, and are looking forward to the challenge that Upper Milk Run in Telluride will give them in two weeks.