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.
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.
Annual peace officers ski and snowboard races held Feb. 25 in Vail
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.
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.
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 “Breck skiers post good results at races in Andorra”→