Western’s Alpine Ski Team travelled to Telluride this past weekend to compete in their fifth and sixth races of the season with USCSA. Two days of giant slalom races were held on Milk Run and provided the girls with challenges they hadn’t skied yet.
The women ran before the men in the start order, meaning that the courses would be firm for Western’s ladies in the morning. Unseasonably warm temperatures caused Milk Run to turn to slush by the afternoon run. Though, the courses held up to the abuse of close to a hundred total racers.
The courses were more technical than Western’s women are used to, with a shorter radius between gates, and the pitch of Milk Run is steeper than International at Crested Butte. Despite the difficulty, the girls turned in some of their best results yet. On Saturday, Shelbie Ralston finished in 13th place and Carley Clegg in 26th. On Sunday, Jamie Sitter placed 8th and Carmen Smith finished in 27th place.
This upcoming weekend, the girls travel back to Echo Mountain for two slalom races. And the next week the ladies will travel to Brundage, Idaho for USCSA Regionals. Be sure to wish them luck as they finish up their season!