Sunlight racers bring home top results
The Sunlight Ski Team, complete with a legion of tireless volunteers, hosted regional ski racers in a USSA Age Class Races last weekend.
Nearly 120 youthful ski racers from around Colorado participated in the slalom races held on a sunny Sun King run on Sunday.
A large crowd of parents and fans turned out, with many hiking halfway up the mountain to see the youngsters race on the unique, undulating terrain to the skier’s right heading down Sun King.
A morning race and an afternoon race were held, with visiting racers from Powderhorn (near Grand Junction), Aspen and Steamboat Springs.
Official results from the weekend races have been released with Sunlight racers picking up a bevy of top honors.
Among the girls, Whitney Setterberg of the Sunlight Ski Team placed in both races last weekend.
In the J5 category for the youngest girls, Setterberg finished third in the morning race and second in the afternoon race.
Cassidy Roberts of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club won both J5 girls races.
Setterberg was the only Sunlight racer in the girls J5 division.
In girls J4, Samantha Warren of Sunlight was 14th with Brooke Lockard of Sunlight 15th in the afternoon race. They both were disqualified in the morning race when they missed gates.
For the J3 girls, Rachel Rey of Sunlight was second in the morning slalom and third in the afternoon race.
Among the boys, Nick Fetchik of Sunlight was 14th in the morning slalom for J5s. He was 15th in the second race.
Sunlight’s biggest band of racers competed in the J4 boys division.
In the morning race, Dillon Felkey finished ninth.
Tucker Riley and Matthew Snyder finished 17 and 18, respectively.
And Dakota Stonehouse was 23rd. Connor Riley was a DQ in the morning event.
In the afternoon race, Felkey finished 13th with Stonehouse 14th and Connor Riley 15th.
Tucker Riley was 20th and Snyder was 22nd.
In the older boys category, J3, Sunlight’s Edgar Scott won the morning race and the afternoon race.
James Stewart of the Sunlight Ski Team finished second in the afternoon slalom and ninth in the morning event.
The USSA-sanctioned races were staged by the Sunlight Ski Team, led by coaches Harry Maybee and Dave Sorel.
The special race clinics for adult skiers and snowboarders will continue at Sunlight Mountain Resort.
The clinics actually are for skiers, snowboarders and telemarkers. They are geared to aspiring racers or those who want to improve their skiing or riding.
Sunlight will offer two-hour or all-day race clinics every Thursday, starting last week.
Participants will be coached in giant slalom and slalom racing. Drills will focus on improving overall skiing and riding. Participants also will run gates and will have videotape reviews.
The regular cost of a two-hour session is $20.
A full-day, with morning and afternoon sessions, is $30.
Clinic times are 10 a.m. to noon and 1-3 p.m.
Race training is a technique used frequently to improve skiing or snowboarding.
For more information on the race clinics, contact Willy Draper at 704-1423 or call the Sunlight Education Center at 945-7491.
Interpretative tours return to Sunlight
Sunlight and the Forest Service are offering free interpretive tours again this year.
“There is so much to see if you know what to look for and are aware of the life around you,” said Shelly Grail, White River National Forest interpretive specialist.
“Sunlight is special in that we have resident bear, marmot, weasel, red fox and all kinds of birds and hawks that call the area home. My goal is to increase people’s awareness of the existence of the animals that live here,” she said.
Grail will guide the free tours, scheduled for 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., every Saturday through March.
Interested guests should meet at the top of the Segundo lift for the start of the tour. The tour will wind around the mountain, skiing and riding primarily on beginner and intermediate slopes.
Although the bears and marmots are hibernating and many animals come out only at night, there is plenty to see on the tour, including animal tracks, tree scars, nests and other signs that reflect the animals’ presence.
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