It was another winning weekend for Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation alpine ski racers during the 21st annual Laura Flood Memorial and Allan Patterson Memorial tech races Jan. 21-23 on Baldy.
There were 110 racers competing in the International Ski Federation (FIS) giant slalom and slalom races over three days—and the 21 SVSEF racers in the field were dominant.
SVSEF second-year J2 (ages 15-16) racer Nicole Roos, 16, repeated as the Laura Flood Memorial overall ladies champion Sunday—capping a series of outstanding results for Roos in the 43-racer women's field.
Wood River High School junior Roos was second and third overall in the two giant slaloms, the second J2 in each race. She won the J2 class with a fourth-place overall slalom finish Sunday on Cozy ski run.
Other winners in the Intermountain Cup A/J1/J2 series were 16-year-old Wood River High junior Teagen Palmer, who won both giant slaloms; 17-year-old Tanner Farrow, Sunday's slalom winner; and Miles Fink-Debray, 22, Saturday's men's GS winner.
The Laura Flood Memorial is staged in memory of the SVSEF racer who died in 1990 at 19. This is the third year that the Flood Memorial has been held with the oldest of the SVSEF memorial races, the Patterson Memorial named for the Hailey downhill specialist who died in 1977 at age 20.
Friday's giant slaloms constituted the Allan Patterson, with the Flood Memorial serving as weekend tech events. Baldy's Hemingway ski run was the GS venue, with slalom races next door on Cozy.
J2 men's overall champion was Peter Papineau of Park City (Utah) Ski Foundation.
Here are SVSEF podium finishers for each race, followed by class finishes for the rest of the local ski racers:
Jan. 21, Patterson ladies GS: 1—Teagen Palmer 1:39.49 (1-J2). 3—Nicole Roos 1:43.44 (2-J2). 4—Sierra Fox 1:43.91 (2-J1)—43 starters, 36 finishers.
Jan. 21, Patterson men's GS: 1—Loudon Fruth, 19, Ogden Valley, Utah 1:35.47. 2—Tanner Farrow 1:36.39 (2-J1). 4—Kipling Weisel 1:39.17 (1-J2). 5—Ben Kanellitsas 1:39.59 (2-J2)—68 starters, 40 finishers.
Jan. 22, Flood ladies GS: 1—Teagen Palmer 1:39.70 (1-J2). 2—Nicole Roos 1:42.21 (2-J2)—42 starters, 38 finishers.
Jan. 22, Flood men's GS: 1—Miles Fink-Debray 1:34.30. 2—Tanner Farrow 1:36.15 (1-J1). 5—Harlan Collins 1:37.92 (3-J1). 10—KJ Savaria 1:40.89 (2-J2)—67 starters, 46 finishers.
Jan. 23, Flood ladies SL: 1—Jessica Karz, 17, Park City 1:21.58. 4—Nicole Roos 1:24.25 (1-J2)—42 starters, 32 finishers.
Jan. 23, Flood men's SL: 1—Tanner Farrow 1:53.64 (1-J1)—67 starters, 28 finishers.
Other J1 women finishers: Sierra Fox 4-GS (7th overall); Reta Flynt 8-GS/6-SL; and Natalie Vorsteveld 9-GS/7-SL.
J1 men: Tanner Dirstine 5-GS/6-GS/6-SL; Miles Sweek 8-GS.
Other J2 women: Petra Zeiler 21-GS/18-GS; and Sofia DeWolfe 24-GS/24-GS/11-SL.
J2 men: KJ Savaria 5-GS; Connor Farrow 12-GS/6-GS; Cole Caulkins 15-GS/18-GS/7-SL (13th overall); Ben Kanellitsas 17-GS; Taylor Adler 22-GS/21-GS/13-SL; Logan Shipley 23-GS; and Colin Waycott 18-SL.
37 young skiers at Cranston Cup slaloms
Younger racers mostly in the J4 (ages 11-12) and J5 (9-10) classes competed Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 22-23 in the 60th annual Cranston Cup North Series slaloms at Boise's Bogus Basin Recreation Area.
There were 72 boys and 69 girls in the field—and the Sun Valley area sent a contingent of 37 kids, mostly from the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation's "C" Travel Team.
J4 boys Kyle Maxwell and Will Snyder placed 1-2 each day. Others on the class podium were Sage Rheinschild, Katelyn Rathfon, Yuri McClure, Jake Blackburn, Buey Grossman, Molly Milgard, Sage Curtis and Charlie Snyder.
Best-of-weekend class placings for SVSEF and independent racers:
J4 boys (11-12): 1—Kyle Maxwell. 2—Will Snyder. 3—Yuri McClure. 4—Duncan Fuller. 5—Wyatt Smith. 7—Cade Street and Kristian DeWolfe. 8—John Blackburn. 14—River Vorse-Whittier. 15—Tobias Verheijen and Matteo Jorgenson. 19—William Lind and Noah Leininger. 20—Travis Flynt. 26—Clay Cutler. 28—Mac Mizer. 29—Cooper Dart and Travis Wilkinson.
J4 girls: 2—Sage Rheinschild and Katelyn Rathfon. 7—Margot Griffith. 8—Royce Rheinschild. 10—Pilar Pennell. 15—Riley Revallier. 16—Hallie MacPherson. 21—Poppy Vorse-Whittier. 24—Isabella Welsh. 29—Bailey Holter.
J5 boys (9-10): 1—Jake Blackburn. 7—Will Griffith. 14—Bennett Snyder.
J5 girls: 1—Molly Milgard. 18—Monique Williams.
J6 boys (7-8): 2—Buey Grossman. 3—Charlie Snyder.
J6 girls (7-8): 1—Sage Curtis.
Mini World Cup slalom
The SVSEF "C" Team staged its Mini World Cup slalom Sunday, Jan. 23 on Baldy. Austria (507) kept its overall lead in the seven-team race over Team USA (483) and Canada (358).
A total 41 skiers had times, best of two runs counting.
Girls: 1—Lily Fitzgerald 34.68 seconds. 2—Maddie Ferris 35.31. 3—Libby Kaiser 37.38. 4—Sylvia Cogen 38.62. 5—Sophie Schwartzman 39.17.
Boys: 1—Jake Blackburn 34.09. 2—Charlie Stumph 35.38. 3—Wyatt Minor 35.72. 4—Will Griffith 36.50. 5—James Everitt 39.44.
Top three in the overall standings after the Jan. 2 giant slalom and Jan. 23 slalom are:
Boys: 1—Jake Blackburn 200 points. 2—Will Griffith 130. 3—Charlie Stumph 125. Girls: 1—Maddie Ferris and Lily Fitzgerald 180. 3—Libby Kaiser 105.