Alpine skiers kick off season

LARAMIE – The snow falling in Wyoming is good news for the Pinedale High School alpine ski team. The 2023 alpine ski season opened on schedule thanks to the abundant snow blanketing the state with the Laramie Invitational on Jan. 6-7.

Pinedale athletes competed in two slalom runs on Friday at the Snowy Range Ski Area tucked high in the Medicine Bow Mountains. Saturday consisted of two giant slalom runs.

“The PHS alpine ski team had a fantastic first race in Laramie over the weekend,” said Head Coach Scott Auld. “We only had one day of gate training to prepare, and the kids did really well with the limited preparation time. I am very pleased with the whole team.”

In girls’ varsity slalom on Friday, junior Ana Mika and senior Sydney Wise led the Pinedale pack.

Mika broke into the top 10 with a ninth-place finish, timing both runs in at 1 minute, 42.04 seconds. Wise placed 12th with a total time of 1:43.13.

Senior Aubrey Bryan-Summer placed 18th at 1:52.69. Freshman Eleanor Tolson rounded out girls’ varsity in 20th place, posting 1:56.95.

Sophomores James Tolson and Joe Boylan achieved top-10 performances in varsity boys’ slalom on Friday.

Tolson captured sixth place, timing both runs in at 1:25.48. Boylan took eighth place with a total time of 1:28.97.

Sophomore Destin Williams placed 15th at 1:39.30. Posting a combined time of 1:52.97, senior Kaden Chatterton placed 22nd. Junior Wyatt Griffin came in 27th place at 2:09.28.

On Saturday, Wise secured 12th place in girls’ varsity giant slalom with a total time of 1:17.57. Mika placed 15th at 1:19.71. Tolson took 20th place at 1:26.69, Bryan-Summer finished 23rd at 1:31.48 and junior Kemmer Clause came in 25th at 1:32.24.

Boylan earned a top-10 spot in boys’ varsity giant slalom, placing sixth at 1:08.90. Williams finished in 15th place at 1:16.51 with Chatterton in 21st at 1:24.05.

Underclassmen also put in strong performances in the junior varsity competition at Laramie.

“Freshmen Tristan Robertson and Dune Mecartney finished in the middle of the boys’ division with solid skiing both days. Sophomore Nora Broadhead finished in the top 15 of the girls’ division.”