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Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows Ski Team receives highest recognition from U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association

The resort's Ski Team is one of only nine clubs in the United States, and the only club in California, to receive Gold Certification from the national governing body of skiing and snowboarding.

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Results and Recaps



Open Series SL/GS Alpine Meadows

·         Saturday Slalom Top 5

·         Field Size- 185

o   U14 Boys

§  2nd- Isaac Mozen

§  4th Cole Mattson

§  5th Kazimir Sosnkowski

o   U14 Girls

§  2nd Jillian Ferre

§  3rd G.G. Wattenmaker

§  4th Sophia Staudenmayer

o   U16 Boys

§  3rd Noah Williams

§  5th Austin Carr

o   U16 Girls (PODIUM SWEEP!!!)

§  1st Keely Cashman

§  2nd AJ Hurt

§  3rd Magnolia Neu

§  5th Emma Maiden

·         Sunday GS

o   U14 Boys

§  2nd Ethan Maiden

§  3rd Drew Wingard

§  5th Kazimir Sosnkowski

o   U14 Girls (PODIUM SWEEP!!!)

§  1st Jillian Ferre

§  2nd Sophia Staudenmayer

§  3rd G.G. Wattenmaker

o   U16 Boys

§  3RD Max Wingard

§  4th Noah Williams

§  5th Casey Delaney

o   U16 Girls (PODIUM SWEEP!!!)

§  1st Keely Cashman

§  2nd Cheyenne Brown

§  3rd Magnolia Neu

 

From the Open Series GS/SL at Alpine Meadows we qualified Jillian Ferre to U16 Nationals. One U14 boy and one U14 girl are selected from the division to attend U16 nationals. 



U12 Super G, Mammoth March 14/15

The Squaw Valley Ski Team Under 12 age class convened in Mammoth Lakes, California on March 13th-15th for Super-G races. Friday was a mandatory training run for the Boys and Girls sides. On Saturday, the girls race began with a strong showing from Squaw Valley. Georgia Sege took the win followed closely by teammate Kate Kelly for the top two spots on the podium, 1.17 seconds ahead of third place. Whitney Wingard navigated her way from 78th start position into 7th Place with Isabella Heinemann displaying a strong performance into 8th place. Annika Johnson and Emma Speiser fought their way onto the front page of the results through their great skiing into 11th and 13th, respectively. Our sister team of Alpine Meadows had Reilly Scott in 14th for a top performance in SG for her. 

On the boys side, Alexander Grosse found his way to the podium for the first time in his career, leading the race until the final five competitors, placing him in second overall. Zack Staudenmayer of Squaw was the second place first year U12 with an overall result of 12th place.


U10 Super G, Mammoth March 14-15

The Squaw Valley Ski Team headed south last weekend for the Mono Cup at Mammoth Mountain, the first speed event of the season for the U10 and U12 age groups.

While the U10 team does not compete in Super G events, this race is billed as a "Big G," a giant slalom course set at maximum length. This race acts as a stepping stone and introduces the younger kids to speed events, so they will know what to expect when they move up to the next age group.

Mammoth was sunny and warm on Saturday, creating soft conditions on the race hill. Athletes had to think strategically in the course, especially on the flat sections, because speed was hard to regain once lost. A total of 50 boys competed on Saturday, and SVST's Jake Buchanan and David Morken took home 8th and 13th place, respectively. Fifty eight U10 girls came through the starting gate, and five SVST girls took home medals. Carly Hamilton snagged 4th place, Seti Capelli took 8th, Sophia Sosnkowski came in 9th, 12th place went to Cameron Crus, and Meredith Mason ended the day in 14th.

Howling winds ripped across the mountain on Sunday, causing lifts to shut down and the race to be cancelled. But athletes will get another shot at the Mammoth speed course in three weeks when they head back down for Far West Championships. 


FIS World Junior Championships, Hafjell, Norway (event link


Squaw Athlete Erik Arvidsson, currently a USST Development Team Member, is quickly proving his worth on the World stage as one of the top if not the top American with a NorAm win this season and impressive results at Junior Worlds in Hafjell, Norway March 5-14, 2015. The annual FIS World Junior Championships are the pinnacle international event for alpine athletes age 16-20 in ski racing. Current and future World Cup skiers are found on these entry lists. The U.S. Ski Team selects the athletes with the greatest opportunity to win medals to compete in this event series. Selections are based on overall FIS rankings of the U.S. athletes including World Cup, Europa Cup and NorAm Cup Rankings. With a NorAm Cup win earlier this season Erik solidified his place on the team and selection. Below are Erik's results for each discipline:

Downhill- Erik Arvidsson 11th, 1st American

Super G- Erik Arvidsson 19th, 2nd American

Giant Slalom- Erik Arvidsson 34th , 2nd American

Slalom- Erik Arvidsson 22nd from start position 73, 2nd American

Super Combined- 31st, 3rd American




Impressive Showing at U14 Performance Camp

The top U14 boys and girls in the Far West division gathered at Sugar Bowl for four days of skill development and racing at the annual U14 Performance Camp March 5th-8th. The Squaw Valley Ski Team managed to send an impressive 17 athletes to the event, making up a full third of the field.

Each morning, coaches were given a lesson plan and the athletes were broken up into groups for freeski and drill sessions, with “fun” races taking place in the afternoons. These morning sessions were used not only to further the athlete’s skiing skills, but also provided an opportunity for both athletes and coaches from different teams to get to know one another, something that rarely happens during the season. However, once the gates were set and the timing was up and running, it was all business in the start area.

Day one saw super-g action taking place on Sugar Bowl’s Disney chair, a technical trail that necessitated smart, tactical skiing and strong inspection skills. Addison Eftekhari, who continued her hot streak with a silver medal, led the team, with Jillian Ferre and Sophia Staudenmayer also cracking the top-10 with sixth and seventh place finishes, respectively.

For the boys, the trio of Ethan Maiden, Guthrie Goss, and Drew Wingard finished in that order for the fourth, fifth, and sixth spots. Noah Cashman showed some serious skill by narrowly avoiding a stray member of the public who found their way on course, and managed to land in the ninth position after his rerun. Kazimir Sosnkowski was also able to show that even little guys can hang in the speed events, finishing in tenth.

Friday’s giant slalom was once again held on Disney chair, and Squaw’s athletes were eager to bring home some more podium finishes. Ferre delivered with a third place finish, followed closely by Eftekhari in fourth. With some very solid skiing, Staudenmayer and Aliza Neu captured the sixth and seventh spots, making for four out of six Squaw girls in the top-10.

The boys saw Maiden recover from losing both of his poles in run one to take the victory with some inspired skiing in run two. Wingard landed just off the podium in fourth, with Sosnkowski, Isaac Mozen, and Cameron Smith managing to snag sixth, seventh, and eighth, respectively.

The following day’s slalom race proved to be quite the challenge for the entire field, with Sugar Bowl’s Race Arena claiming numerous casualties. Staudenmayer was the lone finisher for the girls, managing to claim the fourth spot in a race that saw only ten girls complete both runs.

Things were a little better on the boy’s side, with Mozen placing second and Maiden fourth. Cole Matteson managed to navigate his way to a sixth place finish, with Smith also in the top-10 earning an eighth place finish.

The final day saw the schedule change slightly, with a camp-wide Skills Quest evaluation taking place in the morning and a dual GS scheduled for the afternoon. Squaw’s athletes were very impressive in the evaluation, with many high marks being awarded. No official results were kept for the dual, although Wingard managed to take home the win for the boys in the spectator-pleasing knockout race.

Squaw’s athletes should be proud of their showing, as they managed to impress not only the coaches of Far West, but also USSA’s Western Region Youth Coordinator Darryl Whitaker with their skiing abilities. The future looks bright for this group, and we are all excited to see what’s in store for these talented athletes.


U16 WRJC Qual Super G, Feb 27-Mar 1

The U16s battled it out at the final JR Championship qualifier of the season at mammoth mountain. Athletes were challenged through a constantly changing schedule and the hurry up and wait aspect of the sport when weather affects racing. After two days of postponements athletes finally got the chance to race and show their talents.

The course had to be shortened due to snow and fog and two races were held in the same day, something that is very taxing on athletes both mentally and physically. The heavy snow caused low visibility and tough conditions.

The SVST | AMST athletes battled throughly these conditions and were rewarded with fast times and smiles on their faces. Overall 19 athletes from SV | AM teams qualified for the western region junior championships. This is 45% of the field and roughly 60% of our team. 

SG 1
Women: 
2 Jordan Beyer
4 Cheyenne Brown 
9 Andie Guillings
11 Anna Yamauchi 
13 Magnolia Neu

Men:
3 Noah Williams
4 Tim Bender
6 Max Wingard 
8 Kevin Caravelli
13 Quinn Earley
14 Mason Schmidt
15 Will Belden 

SG 2
Women:
3 Jordan Beyer
4 Cheyenne Brown
9 Anna Yamauchi
13 Hyla Staudenmayer
16 Danielle Dolan 

Men: 
1 Max wingard 
5 Will Belden
7 Sean Kelly 
11 Tim Bender
14 Quin Earley
15 Will Malone 
16 Bret Hurt 


Link http://www.fwskiing.us/Competition/Results/U16.htm 

field size: Women 52 Men 64

Location: Mammoth Mountain Super short and FLAT SG. 

NJC U18 Nationals Championship DH Copper Mtn., CO

Jordan Cashman 34th

http://data.fis-ski.com/dynamic/results.html?sector=AL&raceid=80496

field size 65

 NJC U18 Nationals Championship SG Copper Mtn., CO

Jordan Cashman 4th

http://data.fis-ski.com/dynamic/results.html?sector=AL&raceid=80498

field size 66

Jordan was also the top WR athlete unless you count Kalle Wagner who grew up in the SVST program but now attends Burke Mtn Academy.

 This is an age group National Championship that included athletes from Clubs around the country, all 3 regions.  Jordan not only proved that he belonged here but is among the fastest in his age group in the nation after putting down 3 top 5 runs (one in SL, one in GS and the SG race).  He was also 6th in the overall which adds SL, GS and DH race points. If the SG were to be included in that calculation this would look differently.

To be noted through all of this, Squaw athlete Cameron Cain was forerunning all of the speed events at Copper.  He did a great job seizing this opportunity to get some exposure to speed.  His skiing skills, inspection skills and mental skills all improved in ways not possible under most training or racing circumstances.

U18 Nationals SL

Jordan Cashman 18th; 4th fastest first run

http://data.fis-ski.com/dynamic/results.html?sector=AL&raceid=80501

field size:68

Copper mtn, CO

National Junior Championship

One could feasibly qualify for US Nationals but this is what regional fis races qualify to.

U18 Nationals GS

Jordan Cashman 13th; 4th fastest 2nd run

http://data.fis-ski.com/dynamic/results.html?sector=AL&raceid=80499

field size: 71

Copper mtn, CO

National Junior Championship

One could feasibly qualify for US Nationals but this is what regional fis races qualify to.

 These were pretty solid performances for Jordan.  He showed that he is one of the faster U18s in the Nation by laying down a very competitive run in SL and one in GS as well.  



U14 Mammoth Mt. North Series Super G, Far West Divisional Race

Squaw Stacks Results in Wintery Mammoth Super-G

Long-absent winter conditions greeted Squaw Valley’s U14s for a weekend of super-g racing at Mammoth Mountain February 27th-March 1st. Mother Nature dealt a tough hand however, with high winds and snowfall hampering much of the first two days of competition.

Friday’s training run - which is mandatory in super-g for the U14 age class - was finally pulled off late in the afternoon. High winds and low visibility forced race organizers to first postpone, and ultimately move the start to a lower position in order to safely run the training run. Times were not kept, but Squaw’s athletes gained valuable knowledge of the race trail for the coming days.

Unfortunately, overnight snowfall forced the cancellation of Saturday’s competition.  Squaw’s athletes took the bad news in stride, and instead joined coaches and friends for a day of powder skiing in lieu of spandex and long skis.

Sunday brought steady snowfall throughout the day, but thanks to the efforts of the Mammoth race department, racing was able to commence as scheduled. Variable snow conditions and visibility proved to be an added challenge for the racers, especially during the boy’s race. Needless to say, Squaw’s athletes were unfazed by these obstacles and proved that fearless skiing translates into solid results with 12 athletes managing top-15 finishes on the day.

For the girls, a surging Addison Eftekhari led Squaw in fifth, with Aliza Neu hot on her heels in sixth.  Sophia Staudenmayer and Olivia Sproehnle were not far behind in eighth and ninth, respectively. Gwen Wattenmaker was able to power through a morning stomach bug in addition to the racer in front of her crashing, requiring her to stop and rerun the course, to manage an impressive 14th.

On the boy’s side, visibility and ever-intensifying snowfall were both variables that Squaw’s athletes had to consider, but only managed to showcase the talent that they all possess. Guthrie Goss proved to be the fastest on the day taking the win over an impressive Cole Matteson in second. Drew Wingard continued his stellar season with a fifth place finish, with some very encouraging skiing coming from Gregoire Brougher and Nik Burkhart who landed in the eighth and tenth spots, respectively. Oliver Fralick battled through arguably the worst visibility during the race to surge to an 11th place finish, with Kevin Tidd rounding out Squaw’s top-15 finishers in 13th.

With these results, Eftekhari and Matteson managed to snag last-minute invitations to U14 Performance camp, which were well deserved. 


U21/U18 Slalom, Mt Rose

Mt Rose SL #1 http://my.ussa.org/portal#/tools/events/results/U1310/2015

top 15: 1) Cain 3) Goss 4) Moffat 11) Cashman 13) Busche

field size 39

Divisional USSA race , Qualifier for WRJC

Mt Rose SL #2 http://my.ussa.org/portal#/tools/events/results/U1308/2015
top 15: 1) Cashman 2) Lambres 4)Moffat 7) Elliot 14) Busche

field size 39

Divisional USSA race, Qualifier for WRJC

These races were qualifiers for the WRJC to be held in Mammoth in March. From these results all of these Squaw athletes have now qualified for this Regional Championship. While the many of the “heavy hitters” within the FW Division were not racing due to differing development tracks, the results show that we still have a very strong group of boys within the Division. Cameron Cain in particular had a nice day winning all 3 of the runs that he completed. The staff is very excited to see the continued progress of Scott Busche who logged his first two top 15 finishes ever. From these results he will significantly lower his SL rankings Nationally. Harrison Goss showed he has the speed in SL in each race. Jordan Cashman showed that he is one of the top skiers in the Division.


U12 Feb 21/22, Sugar Bowl

The Squaw Valley Ski Team Under 12 age class took a weekend trip to Sugar Bowl Resort February 21st-22nd. Saturday, the girls and boys ran a Slalom race on the challening DVR slope on the Judah side. The combination between the icy surface and the sun made it a difficult surface for everyone. Despite the difficult race hill, Squaw Valley showed some impressive results taking 4 of the top 10. Georgia Sege once again took the top honors for SVST with 2nd overall behind Mammoth skier, Neave Anderson. Kate Kelly came down with the third fastest time on the first run, but was edged out into 4th for overall ranking after two runs. Rounding out the top 10 were Whitney Wingard and Emma Speiser in 6th and 10th respectively. On the boys side, the Saturday Slalom course posed no problem for 10 year old Zack Staudenmayer who laid down his best result of the season in 3rd place overall against a very strong field of competitors. Zack was followed strongly by teammates Alexander Grosse and Ryan Herhusky in 6th and 10th, respectively.

Sunday brought a new day with fierce winds and bitter cold wind chills streaming up the race hill. The U12 athletes braved the Montgomery slope as they charged down the mountain into top rankings. SVST again held four in the top 10 with some new faces making this top honor for the first time this season. Whitney Wingard paved the way for her teammates Isabella Heinemann, Annika Johnson and Kate Kelly, who swept 5th, 6th, 7th and 9th, respectively. Johnson and Heinemann both had top results for themselves while celebrating their 12th birthdays. Gregory Shklovski posted two strong finishes taking 6th both runs for an overall place of 6th, which is his top finish of the season which teammate Ryan Herhusky managed to edge out the other competitors for the coveted 10th place honor. Zack Staudenmayer had a strong first run finish but was unable to race second run due to falling ill.


U10 North Series GS at Sugar Bowl (2.21)

Boys - 45 competitors: http://bit.ly/1w1EEW1

- 3rd: Duncan Davis

- 8th: Jake Buchanan

- 10th: Niko Leunig

- 12th: David Morken

Girls - 53 competitors: http://bit.ly/1B641oE

- 3rd: Seti Capelli

- 7th: Olivia Ripple

- 14th: Meredith Mason 


U10 North Series SL at Sugar Bowl (2.22)

Boys - 40 competitors: http://bit.ly/1FUHVGL

- 1st: Duncan Davis

- 5th: Declan Mack

- 10th: Jake Buchanan

- 11th: David Morken

- 13th: Niko Leunig

Girls - 44 competitors: http://bit.ly/1EMaeZZ

- 3rd: Carly Hamilton

- 9th: Sophia Sosnkowski

- 15th: Olivia Ripple


U14 Feb 14/15, Squaw Valley GS- Squaw’s U14s Shine Once Again

Blue skies and warm weather greeted Far West’s U14 contingent at Squaw for the That’s My Favorite Run North Series GS races on February 14th and 15th. Despite the warm temperatures, Squaw’s athletes continued their season long domination of the top 15 with coveted spots at U14 Performance Camp on the line.

Saturday’s Valentine’s Day race saw the girls land five athletes in the top ten. After some early season hiccups, Gwen Wattenmaker showed her true form and led the team with a second place finish. Sophia Staudenmayer and Aliza Neu followed in fourth and fifth, respectively. Addison Eftekhari was able to show the speed she has been bringing to training all season and managed an impressive seventh, with Rachel Delaney rounding out Squaw’s top finishers with a tenth place finish.

On the boy’s side, Ethan Maiden truly showed why Motts is his favorite run by following up his impressive 1-2 finish at the Sully Classic parallel races with a commanding performance on Saturday to pick up the win by an impressive margin over teammate Drew Wingard. Cameron Smith continued his season of impressive skiing just off the podium in fourth, with first-year Guthrie Goss close behind in fifth. Noah Cashman and Kevin Tidd were lucky enough to tie for eighth, followed closely by Isaac Mozen in 11th and Danny Kelsay in 14th.

Sunday saw some cooler temperatures, but Squaw’s athletes were still white hot, capturing no fewer than 12 spots in the top 15.

Wattenmaker continued to impress with back-to-back second place finishes for the girls, followed by another banner performance from Eftekhari in fourth. Satudenmayer found herself in sixth, with Olivia Sproehnle making her first top ten appearance of the season in seventh.

Wingard, not to be outdone by his teammates, put on a display of skiing that can only be described as dominant, taking the wire-to-wire win to match Maiden’s 1-2 performance from earlier this season. Maiden, Tidd, and Mozen followed in fourth, fifth, and sixth, with Kazimir Sosnkowski and Smith following in eighth and tenth, respectively. Just outside the top ten were Max Kelly in 11th and Cashman in 12th.

The U14s will next race Super G on February 27th – March 1st at Mammoth Mountain.


U21/U18/U16 Super G, Mammoth

Saturday Feb 14th SG
Women: 1 (6thoverall) Cheyenne Brown
2 (11) Anna Yammauchi
7 (16) AJ Hurt
8 (17) Jordan Beyer
10 (19) Magnolia Neu
13 (25) Danielle Dolan
14 (26) Andie Guillings
15 (30) Hyla Staudenmayer

Men:
1 (5) Will Malone
2 (9) Max Wingard
3 (10) Quinn earley (Podium SWEEP!)
7 (17) Noah williams
8 (18) Mitchel Osborne
11 (22) Casey delaney
12 (23) Will Belden
15 (26) Brett Hurt

Sunday FEB 15th SG
women:
1 (6) AJ Hurt
2 (8) Cheyenne Brown
8 (17) Anna Yamauchi
10 (19) Jordan Beyer
11 (20) Magnolia Neu
12 (23) Andie Guillings
14 (28) Danielle Dolan
15 (30) Hyla Staudenmayer

Men:
1 (6) Max wingard
2 (7) Quinn earley
5 (13) Casey Delaney
7 (16) Will Belden
8 (17) Will Malone
10 (19) Bret Hurt
11 (20) Mitchel Osborne

Monday FEB 16 GS
Women:
1 (3) AJ Hurt
5 (8) Cheyenne Brown
6 (9) Magnolia Neu
8 (17) Jordan Beyer
10 (20) Danielle Dolan
13 (26) Emma Maiden
14 (27) Andie Guillings
15 (28) Nicole Powell

Men:
3 (5) Noah Williams
4 (6) Austin Carr
5 (8) Tim Bender
7 (10) Brett Hurt
13 (18) Kevin Caravelli
15 (23) Mason Schmidt

 
FIS Wild West Classic, Feb 16

While the results were not spectacular on paper when viewed in the context of the years that it takes to battle through in this sport there were some bright spots. With conditions as difficult as they get first year FIS athlete Cameron Cain was able to scrap from some poor start positions to finish 3 of 4 races. Kye Moffat was consistent with his skiing throughout the week while Jordan Cashman popped into the top 30 enough times to qualify for U18 Nationals.

In Winter Park, CO Reid Lambres saw his first result of the year in GS and was excited about making the flip in the second SL. Kye and Jordan also finished in the top 30 in that 2nd SL as the team went 3 for 3. Jordan in fact finished 4 times in the top 30, twice in the top 20 (once each in SL and GS) while finishing just off the U18 podium in each race.

In Mammoth Cameron Cain was twice on the podium at the WRJC SG Qualifier- 3rd (2nd U18) in the first race 2nd in the 2nd (top U18) race. In the GS, after a serious bobble in the first run, he won the second run to finish 7th. Harrison Goss also skied well and was 4th (3rd U18) in the first SG and 6th in the second race. He was also 4th in the GS. Scott Busche and Nigel Elliot were also in attendance and performed well.


U16 WRJC Qualifier, Snow Summit Jan 30-Feb 1

6 of 18 total podiums over the weekend.

The SVST U16 athletes battled through challenging and adverse conditions to success. Fridays SL was a test of mental determination with the wet conditions the course deteriorated very quickly. The athletes responded to the conditions with a fire and intensity that is at the heart of every ski racer. The sets were fast and quick.
Women top 30:
AJ Hurt 1, Magnolia Neu 2, Cheyenne Brown 6, Emma Maiden 9, Danielle Dolan 11, Hyla Staudenmayer 16, andie Gillings 17, Mia Consentini 20, gabbby Salinas 21, nicole powell 24
Men Top 30:
Quinn Earley 1, Max Wingard 2, Noah Williams 6, Casey Delaney 7, Mitchel Osborne 8, Austin Carr 9, Tim bender 11, Mason Schmidt 13(Hard Charger for day), Lionel Pascal 22, Kevin Caravelli 23

Saturday was a long day with many delays due to the soft snow, rain, and fog. Athletes played the hurry up and wait game. Course conditions were bumpy, low visibility, and all around tough. Courses were across the hill and very slow on the flats due to sticky snow.
Women top 30:
Magnolia Neu 4, Danielle Dolan 3, Anna Yamauchi 9, Hyla Staudenmayer 16, Emma Maiden 18, Jordan Beyer 21, Mia Consentini 27
Men top 30:
Casey Delaney 3, Max wingard 5, Noah williams 7, Tim Bender 8, Quinn earley 10, Brett Hurt 12, Kevin Caravelli 16, Calan Martel 18, Austin Carr 21, Mitchel Osborne 28, Mason schmidt 30

Sunday brought clear skies and firm snow. The first run was a lazer course set. Everything was in the fall line with minimal offset. The second course was more across the hill. Both courses had air off the top knoll for the boys.
Women top 30:
Aj Hurt 2, Cheyenne Brown 5, Magnolia Neu 6, Anna Yamauchi 8, Danielle dolan 9, Jordan Beyer 15, emma Maiden 18, Mia consentini 19, Andie Guillings 26
Men top 30:
casey delaney 5, Brett Hurt 6, Quinn Earley 7, Max wingard 14, Noah williams 15, calan Martel 19, Will Belden 21, Mitchel Osborne 23, Mason Schmidt 25.


U12 GS, Squaw Valley Jan 31-Feb 1


Squaw Valley Ski Team "U12" athletes joined forces on home turf on January 31st and February 1st for back-to-back Giant Slalom races on the Motts race venue. The athletes, ages 10 and 11, are members the FarWest competition "North Series" which consists of teams from all over Northern California, all the way down to Mammoth Mountain. Squaw Valley showed up on Saturday and began to show their speed and training was paying off. On the girls side, Georgia Sege took the overall win ahead of teammates Whitney Wingard and Kate Kelly in 5th and 6th, respectively. Isabella Heinemann skied through the finish on the second run with a big improvement, rounding out the top 10 out of over 140 competitors. The boys side saw Ryan Herhusky, skiing into 3rd on both runs, for a combined result of 3rd place, just hundredths of a second out of first place. Zack Staudenmayer and Alexander Grosse both made big jumps from 19th and 24th, respectively, into 8th and 5th respectively after strong performances on the second run.

Sunday, February 1st, began a new day, with two new courses, but saw similar results on the girls side. Georgia Sege again claimed the top spot on the podium again followed by Whitney Wingard, who made huge improvements on her second run to end up in 5th overall. Their young teammate, Emma Speiser, showed her future star status on Sunday by posting a 6th place overall, her top GS result of the season. Consistency paid off again for Isabella Heinemann who posted the 12th fastest combined time. On the boys side we saw stand out performances on individual run basis, but it takes a two runs to end up on the official results. Again, Ryan Herhusky took the top honors for SVST placing 4th in combined results but closely followed by young racers, Zack Staudenmayer and Gregory Shklovski in 8th and 10th, respectively.

The next races will be held at Sugar Bowl Ski Resort on February 21st and 22nd. With an amazing preparation period including "Ski and Skate Week", the athletes are motivated and ready to take on Northern California's finest!


U10 GS, Squaw Valley, Jan 31/Feb 1

This past weekend, the annual Sid’s Slide race brought U10 and U12 athletes from across the Lake Tahoe region to Squaw Valley to compete in the first Far West giant slalom event of the 2015 season.

The race was held on Mott’s, a challenging, but fun, GS venue. The course started from underneath Siberia lift, giving riders a front-row seat to the action. The trail is littered with varying fall lines and mellow rollers, with a steep pitch at the very end which can be intimidating. However, Team Squaw had been training on the hill for weeks, so where others approached that last drop tentatively, Squaw athletes charged those final gates.

Parents cheered from the sidelines as about 100 U10 racers took on four GS courses — some turny and technical, some straight and speedy —providing athletes with a variety of challenges throughout the weekend. On Saturday, Carly Hamilton took home the gold for the U10 girls, Sophia Sosnkowski came in 5th, Meredith Mason in 8th, Olivia Ripple in 9th and Cameron Crus in 10th. Parker Davis was the top-scoring Squaw boy, coming in at 4th, followed by Jake Buchanan in 5th, Declan Mack in 7th and David Morken in 12th.

On Sunday, Squaw girls ruled the top 5, with Carly Hamilton coming in 2nd, Sophia Sosnkowski in 3rd, Seti Capelli in 4th and Olivia Ripple at 5th. Cameron Crus also claimed 9th place. Parker Davis stayed steady at 4th place for the boys, with Jake Buchanan taking 6th place, Declan Mack coming in at 9th, and David Morken in 13th place.

U10-
Alpine Meadows, January 10/11

The Squaw U10 team debuted some great skiing at the team's first race of the season - the Kangaroo Klassic at Alpine Meadows. The sun was shining and temperatures were mild, but the snow held up for the two-day slalom event, and our team had a strong showing throughout the weekend.

SVST took home top honors in both the boys' and girls' divisions on Saturday. Carly Hamilton took home the gold, while Sophia Sosnkowski came in second place. Parker Davis claimed the top spot for the boys, while Declan Mack took home the silver. Filling out the Top 15 for the ladies were Seti Capelli (9th), Meredith Mason (11th) and Cameron Crus (15th). Also taking home medals on the boys side were David Morken (9th), Carson Crus (10th) and Jake Buchanan (11th).

Our first-place finishers for Saturday held on to the top spots for Sunday as well, as Carly Hamilton and Parker Davis each took home their second gold medal of the weekend. For the girls, Sophia Sosnkowski came in fifth place, while Cameron Crus took home the medal for 13th. For the boys, David Morken moved to 6th place, Jake Buchanan kept it consistent at 11th place, Carson Crus came in 12th and Niko Leunig came in 14th place.


link to full results

U12Alpine Meadows Slalom, January 10/11

Squaw Valley Ski Team headed over to Alpine Meadows for the first U12 and U10 races of the season. Kangaroo trail was host to the Slalom event which brought a number of podiums and successful results to the SVST/AMST team rooms. On the women’s side, Kacey Benjaminson had the top result of the day for SVST competitors in Third Place. Emma Speiser and Whitney wingard placed 6th and 8th respectively. On the Men’s side on Saturday, Ryan Herhusky placed 4th with Zack Staudenmayer and Alexander Grosse close behind him in 5th and 7th.

After difficulties putting together two runs on Saturday, Georgia Sege, who won Saturdays second run, was the top competitor in the race taking first Overall on both runs with combined time of 1:34.56. Sege had a commanding lead over the second place finisher. Squaw’s second finisher was Kate Kelly in 4th, with a blazing fast second run, moving her up from 7th after first run. Emma Speiser showed great consistency with another 6th place finish and Squaws overall weekend top female finisher. 

In the male competitor field Squaw rounded out the top ten quite nicely. Ryan Herhusky was the Squaw U12 Mens top finisher again in 5th, trailed by Zack Staudenmayer, William Grosse and Marc Durant-Bender in 6th, 7th and 8th. Overall this was a very strong showing in a highly competitive field of great skiers.


U14Squaw Valley Parallel, January 3/4

The Squaw Valley U14 Parallel on Mott’s saw nearly 200 competitors from 9 teams. The race was heated and SVST shined taking the majority of top 15 spots in the results not to mention the several individual runs that made Squaw athletes the notable force to be reckoned with.  

Top 15 SVST Girls Saturday:  Aliza Neu 3, Sophia Staudenmayer 4, River Mutton 5, Gwen Wattenmaker 8, Lauren Speiser 14, Rachel Delaney 15

Sunday Girls: Aliza Neu 3, Sophia Staudenmayer 8, Olivia Sproehnle 13, Rachel Delaney 15

Top 15 SVST Boys Saturday: Ethan Maiden 2, Cameron Smith 3, Drew Wingard 4, Isaac Mozen 5, Marcus Trotter 6, Gutherie Goss 7, Noah Cashman, Kazimir Sosnkowski 10, Gregoire Brougher 11, Kevin Tidd 15,

Sunday Boys: Eithan Madien 1, Drew Wingard 2, Isaac Mozen 3, Kazimir Sosnkowski 5, Gutherie Goss 7 Cameron Smith 8, Noah Cashman 9, Marcus Trotter 11, Oliver Fralick 12, Kevin Tidd 13.


U16Sugar Bowl Jr Champ Qualifier 1, January 9-11
This weekend the ladies and mens u16 fields in the far west battled for world cup points and ultimately a spot on the Junior championship team. With weeks of preparation under their belts their nerves were first tested on the GS. The conditions were firm and course setts challenging. The girls had the added pressure of racing against 4 NTG (National Training Group) athletes, the best u16 women in the nation. Both men and women rose to the challenge and there were some solid results. standouts: AJ Hurt, Magnolia Neu, and Chyenne Brown. The SVST men dominated the top 15 with 7 boys in the top 15. Standouts: Noah williams, Max Wingard, Quinn Earley, Brett Hurt, Calan Martel, Mason Schmidt, and Casey Delaney.

The SL was next and on Saturday the men were challenged with a tough first run set that they needed to adapt to and make some tactical decisions. Some overcame this challenge and some fell to it. standouts: Will Belden, Noah Williams, Austin Carr, Timothy Bender!, Kevin Caravelli, Lionel Pascal. The women had good conditions and fast sets which they took advantage of stacking 9 women (including amst) in the top 15. Standouts : Keeley Cashman, Magnolia Neu, Cheyenne Brown, Anna, Yamauchi, Emma Maiden, Danielle Dolan, Prue Lange, Hyla Staudenmayer, and Francesca Caronna (AMST).

After the challenge with Saturdays SL for the men they were Hungry For the win on Sunday. The Men took advantage of the lessons from Saturday and executed their plan perfectly. They Took 8 of the top 11 spots! Standouts: Will Malone, Noah Williams, Max Wingard, Brett Hurt, Casey Delaney, Mitchel Osborne, Quinn Earley,and  Austin Carr. The women approached sunday with the same fire and drive as the men nabbing 5 of the top 15 spots. Standouts: AJ Hurt, Magnolia Neu, Anna Yamauchi, Chyenne Brown, and Danielle Dolan.



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