By BETH SARAZINE
For the Express
Wolf Mountain Resort in Eden, Utah hosted an Intermountain Masters Jans Cup race last weekend. The three-day event included two giant slaloms and one slalom.
Wolf Mountain has been a fabulous venue for Masters racers over the years and once again provided the racers with exceptional services and perhaps the friendliest of atmospheres.
Weather was a huge factor again this year as the snow came for the first two days of the weekend. The new snow was soft and required increased maintenance throughout the first GS and the slalom on Friday and Saturday. As the storm cleared, racers were graced with a bluebird race day on Sunday for the final GS.
Friday's GS was indeed challenging for many with the flat lighting and soft snow.
Dana Alexandrescu crushed the courses and took the overall ladies position for the day with two fantastic runs in spite of the conditions.
Dasha Kadulova tossed out two great runs and closed in for second overall followed by Amy Lanzel rounding out the third overall ladies for the day.
Craig Norton dominated the weekend starting with Friday's GS. Norton secured the best overall time on Friday by storm (pun intended).
Thunder Jalili blazed the hill for second overall for the men while Jon Jessup was on the heels of Jalili snagging the third overall combined time.
Other division winners for Friday's GS event include: Bob McGrath, Jan Swift, Keith Thompson, Dawn Goode, Brittany Coyle, Bob Sarchett, Ray McKown, Keith Rounkles, Eric Schramm, Jim Seeger, and Daniel Stuart.
As Saturday morning arrived, so had the brunt of the storm.
The slalom event was held with large amounts of fresh snow from the previous night. It just kept falling throughout the day but it didn't stop the Masters from throwing out some amazing runs.
Dana Alexandrescu once again grabbed the ladies overall position with two amazing runs in Saturday's slalom.
Beth Sarazine came through the finish securing the second overall position with Dasha Kadulova claiming the third spot on the podium with two smoking runs of her own.
Once again, in the men's race, Craig Norton edged out Arsen Harutyunyan for the fastest combined time of the day with Rick Slabinski close behind for the third overall time of the slalom event.
Other division winners for Saturday's slalom event included Drury Cooper, Bob McGrath, Jan Swift, Chuck Retallick, Ellen Hendrickson, Amy Lanzel, Ellie Gilbert, Bob Sarchett, Tom Wood, Dave Goode, Brian Frost, Kent Johnson, Kevin Vaughan, Jon Jessup, and Josh Stuart.
Sunday offered a sweet bluebird race day for the final GS event to close out the weekend of racing. What a glorious day to race at Wolf as the clear blue skies gave way to magnificent views of the Valley!
Keeping in stride with her victory streak, Dana Alexandrescu proved once again to be the cream of the Intermountain crop. Dana careened down the course and showed the ladies and many of the guys how GS is done claiming the best overall combined time for the third day in a row.
Beth Sarazine landed the second overall time for the ladies on Sunday with Dasha Kadulova ripping down the hill to snag the third overall time in the final event of the weekend.
In the men's overall battle, Craig Norton finished off the field with another top combined time in Sunday's GS. Norton was on fire all weekend and it showed.
However, Thunder Jalili gave Norton a run or two for his money on Sunday and claimed the second overall men's time followed closely by Jon Jessup in third.
Other division winners included Bob McGrath, Jan Swift, Keith Thompson, Dawn Goode, Amy Lanzel, Bob Sarchett, Tom Wood, Keith Rounkles, David Schab, and Eric Schramm.
A heartfelt thanks to Wolf Mountain for supporting the Masters and helping make the weekend of events a huge success. A huge thanks to Dominator Wax for sponsoring the weekend races.
Many of the Intermountain Masters will be racing next weekend at Mammoth Mountain for FIS races. IMD Masters will then be back at Snowbasin, Utah on March 8-10 for the Jans Cup season finale.
For more information about how to become involved in Masters ski racing go to www.intermountainmasters.org or contact Bill Skinner at email@example.com.