AVSC Skiing: Carbondale’s Cook takes first in Giant Slalom
In the first event of the season for the Aspen/Snowmass USASA series, the boys’ 11-12-year-old age group served notice that they were a competitive crew of snowboarders who weren’t afraid to push each other to the limit.
Carbondale’s Davis Cook handily won the first giant slalom that day, held in the Spider Sabich Race Arena at Snowmass. But Sunday’s other race, where Cook finished third, was much tighter, according to Tyler Lindsay, AVSC’s Snowboard Program Director.
“In the second race, just six-hundreths of a second separated first from third places,” Lindsay said.
This is a group that’s clearly ready to roll this season in USASA — United States of America Snowboard Series — competitions. All told, there are 18 local events, ranging from GS and slalom races to what are considered the more traditional snowboarding events of half-pipe, slopestyle and boardercross. USASA offers 34 different series this season at venues across the country.
“It’s extremely important to have competitive offerings at home. It allows kids to experience competition on a regular basis without having to spend a ton of money on travel, lodging, lift tickets and everything else that goes with it,” Lindsay said.
All of the regional races feed into the USASA nationals at Copper Mountain, March 28-April 3. For more about the series or race results from Snowmass (which weren’t available at press time), go to http://www.aspenusasa.com.
Over on the AVSC alpine side, Cooper Cornelius of Glenwood Springs and teammates Dexter Edelman and Anna Patterson used their speed camp experience on the Birds of Prey course at Beaver Creek to post solid results during the first Smartwool Ski Cup giant slalom race of the season.
Held at Winter Park, the Giant Slalom races drew a mix of college age and younger racers and served as a good opportunity for skiers to either establish or improve their seeding points.
Edelman finished second among U16s in the Saturday race and third on Sunday. Cornelius was 11th and seventh in the giant slaloms. Sunday’s GS was won by their AVSC teammate, Tristan Lane of Basalt.
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