“It was great to see so much competitive travel to kick off the New Year,” said Telluride Ski and Snowboard Club Executive Director Justin Chandler of January activities, which saw five teams on the road competing and one team hosting a home event.
“But with the club’s overall enrollment of 325 athletes and 50 coaches, we’re going to have to start expecting these kinds of travel numbers on any given weekend,” he said, of the 47 athletes and nine coaches on the road simultaneously.
Telluride took two first place wins and two second place finishes in Crested Butte, with Ian Mitchell in first place in the 16-18 division and Connor Overly taking first in the 13-15 division, and Jake Birchmore in second in the 13-15 division and Ridgwalker Busch taking second in the 10-12 division.
“It was a great event, and all our hard work and training is paying off,” said Jodice. “The freezing cold temperatures couldn’t keep our boys from topping the podium in pretty much every age group. I am very proud of my team for putting their runs together when it counts.”
Also in Crested Butte was the Slopestyle competition, of with coach Molly Cooney said, “Even in the minus 17-degree weather on Sunday, the kids did awesome,” with six first place finishes. Wylie Petrie took first in the Ruggie Boys (7 and under), Logan Petrie took first in the Grommet Boys (8-9 years old), London Albrecht took first in the Menehune Boys (10-11 years old), Lucas Foster took first in the Breaker Boys (12-13 years old), Jack Clark took first place in the Junior Men (16-17 years old), and Dylan Cooney took first place in the Senior Men (23-29 years old). Other finishes were Zack Siegel (4th in the Breaker Boys), Hobie Plumber (2nd in the Junior Men), and Beecher Cooney (2nd in the Jams Men – 18-22 years old).
Freestyle coach Caleb Martin had his championship mogul team in Vail at the Rocky Mountain Regional Single Moguls, and skiers Kealey Zaumseil and Morgan Osborne saw top 10 finishes. For the girls, Kealey Zaumseil took 7th, Emma Spaulding took 22nd, Skylar Nunn took 25th, Ava Jodlowski took 30th, Brianna Brown took 36th and Kenzie Zaumseil took 39th. For the boys, Morgan Osborne took 8th, Benni Solomon took 13th, Clement Cabrol took 20th and Tyler Jansen took 50th.
"Vail's Cook Shack mogul run has some interesting pitch changes that really force skiers to be on their toes, especially the steep landing on the top jump,” said Martin. “I was proud of our team's performance. From top to bottom, the whole team skied some really solid runs, although no one really laid down their best stuff. Everyone had some small deductions in their performances that kept them from the podium."
TSSC’s telemark team was also in Vail for the Sprint Classic Invitational and competed on a challenging course. “The coaching staff is very proud of the Tele Team’s accomplishment in Vail,” said coach Theron Johnson. “The course was extremely difficult, very steep, and ice injected. Our team had very little time to practice prior to the race. Their results are proof of their skiing prowess.” Noah Hagan podium finished in second place, as did Kaden Katz in third place. Rider Johnson placed 5th, Connor Hazen took 6th and Aidan Green finished 8th (in a field of 20 racers). There were also three team members who went specifically to support their competitors: Shandy Strand, Ethan Barnes and Calum Mawer. “I think this really shows the kind of dedication we strive for on the Tele Team,” said Johnson. The alpine team was in Purgatory for a Super G-Speed Elements Camp and Soleil Gaylord finished 16th, Thea Lucarelli was 21st, Morgan Bradley 24th, Marco Canclini 28th, Drew Keller 45th and Spencer Keating 49th.
On the home hill for the Devo Series’ Rocky Mountain Qualifier, young Telluride mogul skiers earned solid results. “The Freestyle program, with the help of grooming and snowmaking, did an outstanding job building a very high quality and challenging course, making it an excellent event,” said Chandler.
Anna Smith finished in first place for the F6 Girls in Saturday’s single mogul competition, followed by Mackenzie Tharp who finished second. In the F5 Girls on Saturday, Ella Jansen was second, Ruby Humes was third, and Neilly Busch was 6th. In the F4 girls, Maya Ordonez finished in 6th place on Saturday. Jansen was also 10th overall for the day in a field that included 2nd through 9th graders (F6-F2).
For the boys, Declan Jodlowski was 3rd, Jack Spencer was 5th, August Henderson was 6th and Nathan Herman was 7th in the M6 division. In the M5 division, Kyle Soukup and Andalo Santangelo tied for 4th, Max Finger finished in 6th place, Shane Reeder was 12th, and Jonah Jodlowski was 14th. In the M4 boys, Carlo Pine was 6th, Will Jansen was 7th, Jackson Tharp was 10th, Scott Roberts was 18th, Robert Besera was 20th, and Frank Jackson was 23rd.
Sunday was the Dual Moguls comp at home (where skiers compete against all ages) and Will Jansen placed 2nd in the boys M6-M3 division and Ella Jansen placed 8th in the girls F6-F2 division.
“The Rocky Qualifier Series features the highest level athletes from all over the state (J6-J3),” said Lupfer. “With the tough competition, a difficult course, and extremely cold conditions, I was very impressed with the results that Telluride skiers were able to achieve.”
The Big Mountain team went to Snowbird over the January 19-20 weekend. Out of 150 athletes participating in the competition, Kyle Koenig finished 12th and Tashi Hackett finished 23rd. These results should qualify both skiers for a national Big Mountain Extreme skiing event.
That same weekend, snowboarders Hobie Plumber and Beecher Cooney went to Aspen Snowmass to compete in Super Pipe. With only a day of practice, they both won their divisions. Plumber was first place in the Junior Men (16-17 years old) and Beecher Cooney was first place in the Jams Men (18-22 years old).
And four freestyle athletes also competed in a World Mogul Event in Lake Placid (which aired on television). Those who partook were Nick Keating (8th), Kelsey Albert (13th), Joe Discoe (20th) and Keaton McCargo (24th).
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