Italian sets new world speed-skiing record — 156 mph

Go. Fast!

FRISCO — Speed skiing has long been described as the fastest non-motorized sport on Earth, and the tiny elite of athletes practicing the discipline once again proved it during the recent contest at Vars, France, where Italian skier Simone Origone, broke his own world record. Continue reading

Summit High students help feed the need for speed at FIS alpine skiing world championships at Vail/Beaver Creek

Gold medals fueled by home-cooking!

Colorado high school students in the ProStart culinary education program are helping to feed the world's best ski racers during the 2015 FIS Alpine Ski World Championships at Beaver Creek. Photo courtesy Erica Ewald.

Colorado high school students in the ProStart culinary education program are helping to feed the world’s best ski racers during the 2015 FIS Alpine Ski World Championships at Beaver Creek. Photo courtesy Erica Ewald.

By Summit Voice

FRISCO — Hundreds of the world’s best skiers are in Colorado for the 2015 World Alpine Ski Championships at Vail and Beaver Creek, and handful of students involved with Summit High School’s culinary arts program are part of the action, helping to feed the need for speed. Continue reading

Colorado: Big ski races coming up in Crested Butte

Alley Loop. Photo courtesy of Xavier Fane/Crested Butte Nordic Center.

SUMMIT COUNTY — Nordic racers and ski mountaineers may want to start making plans for two of Colorado’s classic events coming up in Crested Butte.

The Alley Loop, now in its 26 year, has been tabbed to be part of the American Ski Marathon Series, North America’s longest-running and largest citizen’s racing and touring series. The Alley Loop is already an American Birkebeiner qualifier, and a popular event on its own, drawing more than 550 skiers from 17 states in 2011.

This year’s Alley Loop, scheduled for Feb. 4, will be the only Colorado event in the ASM series, which includes events like the American Birkebeiner, Yellowstone Rendezvous and Tour of Anchorage.

“We’ve been wanting to add another western event for a number of years,” said J.D. Downing, director of the American Ski Marathon Series, “and the Alley Loop ended up being the perfect fit.” Continue reading

Lindsey Vonn snags World Cup downhill trophy

Olympic champion Lindsey Vonn holds the crystal globe she won for taking the season-long Audi FIS World Cup downhill title in 2010 after the final downhill race of the season in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. (Doug Haney/U.S. Ski Team)

Colorado racer earns coveted title with secon-place finish in Italy

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — Vail’s Lindsey Vonn continued to strengthen her position as one of the best speed event ski racers in recent years by winning this season’s World Cup downhill title just one day after nabbing the super-combined trophy.

Vonn finished second to Sweden’s Anja Parson Saturday in the next-to-last downhill of the season at Tarvisio, Italy, taking an insurmountable 143-point lead over Germany’s Maria Riesch. Continue reading

Summit sheriffs ski to to a three-peat win in Vail

Annual peace officers ski and snowboard races held Feb. 25 in Vail

Tayler Clancy, Jeff Wilson and Mark Watson skied to a big win at a Vail competition last week.

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — For the third year in a row, the Summit County Sheriff’s Office ski team raced to a first place finish in the 38th annual Colorado Peace Officers Ski/Snowboard Race held February 25 in Vail, Colorado. In addition to the first place Advanced Team finish, deputy Jeff Wilson, technician Mark Watson and deputy Tayler Clancy also posted impressive individual performances.  Wilson and Watson finished in first and second place in the men’s competition, while Clancy captured first place in the women’s division.

Summit sheriff’s deputies dominate Vail races

The Summit County Sheriff's Office ski team took some top spots during a recent competition at Vail.

Local lawmen post top finishes in annual peace officers event

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — For the second year in a row, the Summit County Sheriff’s Office team skied to a first place finish in the Annual Colorado Peace Officers Ski/Snowboard Race held Feb. 26 in Vail.

In addition to the first place advanced team finish, deputy Jeff Wilson, technician Mark Watson and detective Wes Mumford also posted impressive individual performances, with Wilson coming in winning the overall competition, followed by Watson in second place, and Mumford in sixth place.

About 120 participants and 23 teams participated in this year’s race. The event was founded in 1973 by former Vail Police Department officer (now Routt County undersheriff) David Bustos.  The event features a race on Vail’s Golden Peak, lunch at Mid-Vail and an awards pizza party at the bottom of Gold Peak at the end of the day.
The trophy, a slab of white marble from Marble, Colorado with a bronze skier, was designed by Vail jeweler Craig Cook in the early 1990s.

The award has traditionally been a traveling trophy; however, in recent years there was insufficient space to display all 37 years’ worth of plaques. This year, the Vail Police Department will be adding a large wooden base, and the trophy will be displayed in the Colorado Ski Museum. “Kind of like the Stanley Cup,” joked Eagle County Undersheriff Layman.

A special thanks goes out to Völkl Ski Company, for their donation of race skis for the SCSO team, and to the Copper Mountain Race Department for their training time and assistance.

Breck skiers post good results at races in Andorra

The Five Peaks Race (April 10) will cover some serious ups and downs along the crest of the Tenmile Range near Breckenridge.

Mona Merrill and Pete Swenson are racing to top-tier spots in this week’s  ski mountaineering world championships

By Bob Berwyn

SUMMIT COUNTY — A pair of locals are competing against the world’s best in the ski mountaineering world championships, and they hope news of their success at World Championships in Andorra will help generate more awareness for their sport.

Mona Merrill placed 9th in the Vertical Race March 1 and 9th in the March 3 individual race as the top finisher for the U.S. Pete Swenson finished 29th in the men’s individual race, also held March 3. Click here to visit the International Ski Mountaineering World Championship web site. This link will take you to some photos and video from the event.

Ski mountaineering races feature up and down loops over rugged backcountry terrain in variable backcountry snow conditions. They have become very popular in Europe and are starting to catch on in the U.S. The U.S. Ski Mountaineering Association is online here.

“Summit County is actually getting recognized because Pete Swenson placed in the top 30 (a huge feat in Europe) and I was in the top ten,” Mona Merrill wrote in a short e-mail from the event. “I was also top-ten in the vertical race for the women, which is also a great accomplishment,” she said. Continue reading

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