SVSEF athletes have one more giant slalom tomorrow to wrap up the Eric Hays Memorial at Snow King in Jackson, Wyoming. Skiers have competed in three races so far; two slaloms and one giant slalom. SVSEF skiers have accumulated a number of top-10 finishes, and one overall podium. In a field of 75 men, Ridley Lindstrom, Matt O’Connor and Buey Grossman went five-six-seven in the first slalom. SVSEF took five-six-seven again in the second race, with Charlie Lamb placing fifth, Ryder Sarchett sixth and Max Noddings seventh. In the first giant slalom, Ryder had a stellar race, landing on the podium in third, as a first-year U-16. Buey had another strong race with a sixth place finish, followed by Charlie in seventh.
In the ladies’ field of 65, Elizabeth Vanderkloot broke into the top 10 twice, finishing ninth in the first slalom and eighth in the giant slalom. Marit Kaiser has had a solid streak, finishing 13 all three races so far. Packing the punch in the second slalom were Jessica Blackburn and Logan Lindstrom, who finished on either side of Marit in 12 and 14, respectively.


Continuing from last week’s highlights from the first day of FIS racing at Snow King when Hayden Terjeson took 10 in the giant slalom and and Lily Fitzgerald finished ninth on December 10, SVSEF nailed down a number of top-20 results in the ensuing giant slalom and slalom events. FIS athletes next compete at Steamboat.
December 11, giant slalom
14 Lily Fitzgerald
20 Maddie Ferris
10 Hayden Terjeson
13 Noah Leininger
16 Matt O’Connor
18 Jack Smith
December 12, slalom
13 Fitzgerald
21 Alli rathfon
11 Terjeson
12 Spencer Wright
15 O’Connor
18 Charlie Lamb
Men’s second slalom
14 Wright
December 13, slalom
7 Fitzgerald
14 Rathfon
16 Skylar Cooley
15 Terjeson
19 Smith
Ladies’ second slalom
17 Cooley




Chase Josey competed in the Dew Tour snowboarding superpipe at Breckenridge, finishing seventh in the finals on Friday, December 15. He was the fourth American overall. The Dew Tour competition was another Olympic team selection event; there are two more such events left. Chase next heads to Aspen Snowmass for a training camp, before another Toyota U.S. Grand Prix selection event January 10-14, 2018.

Travel Team

While teammates took advantage of training at Keystone/Copper under the tutelage of coach Rick Millett, Ridge Dirksmeier, a member of the park and pipe Travel Team, competed for the first time at the Toyota U.S. Rev Tour at Copper Mountain. In both days of freeski halfpipe competition on December 15 and 16, Ridge finished 20 in a field of 29 Rocky Mountain athletes. Rev Tour events are geared towards athletes looking to transition from grassroots to elite level competition.


Travel Team

Luke Rizzo and Rainey Wilson, who both qualified for U.S. Selections, competed in their first event at Winter Park in Colorado on Monday, December 19. Both landed in the middle of the pack, with Luke finishing 27 in singles and Rainey finishing 37. Today was a day off, before another singles event tomorrow and dual moguls to end the week on December 21. Taking into account results from last season’s U.S. Nationals as well as from U.S. Selections, athletes have the chance to qualify for the NorAm Tour and/or U.S. starts.



SVSEF Comp and Prep Team athletes traveled to Bozeman, Montana, for the IMD season opener. The races did not count towards qualification for Junior Nationals; rather, they were an opportunity for athletes to see how they stacked up against IMD competitors. Athletes raced in a freestyle prologue on Saturday, followed by a classic pursuit on Sunday. The field included IMD racers as well as collegiate athletes. Standout performances came from Anja Jensen, who was fourth overall in the women’s freestyle prologue and first for U16s in the classic pursuit. PG Ingrid Norton was fifth in the prologue, Lily Brunelle seventh and Ella Wolter 10. In the men’s prologue, Johnny Hagenbuch finished second. Alumni Eli Jensen and Peter Wolter finished sixth and seventh. In the classic pursuit, Sebi Radl-Jones was third for U16 men, Johnny first for U18 men, alums Eli and Peter were first and second for U20 men, Logan Smith second behind Anja for U16 women, Sophia Mazzoni third for U18 women and Ingrid Norton was second for U20 women.
Prep Team skiers Sammy Smith and Anja Grover were first and second, respectively, in both U14 skate and classic mass starts. Tucker Smith was third in the men’s U12 freestyle mass start.