Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club (SSWSC) hosted the NRL races at the Steamboat Springs Ski Touring Center December 3 & 4, 2011. The races were originally scheduled for Breckenridge at the Gold Run Nordic Center but were moved because of a lack of snow in Breckenridge. Summit Nordic Ski Club (SNSC) approached SSWSC five days before the races to ask if they had enough snow to conduct an NRL race. SSWSC had four days to get ready for the two races with the help of the Summit Nordic Ski Club. It was impressive the cooperation between the two clubs and what they were able to accomplish over such a short amount of time. For the coaches, competitors, and visiting parents it all was quite seamless. SNSC still took all the entries and provided the timing for the event through Brad Piehl who was the Chief of Timing and has children skiing in the SNSC. SNSC provided the race bibs and start lists and results, and SSWSC did the rest.
Birgitta Wiik Lindgren, Ski Touring Center Manager, mobilized her crew to an all hands on deck mentality in order to get the courses ready for USSA National Sanctioned ski racing. Having races on a weekend had to impact her ability to cater to her normal customers. However we all saw Birgitta helping with managing a timing crew, selling lunches and warm drinks. All the races started on time and Nick Rose, Chief of Competition, organized all the numerous volunteers as he managed the process of delegating responsibilities to the various people. Most of the volunteers were parents of skiers in the SSWSC Nordic Team and it was quite obvious that these races were not their first rodeo.
Highlights of the races are as follows:
J2 males, first three in the results stayed the same both days. 1st Cully Brown from Durango, 2nd Lars Hannah from Steamboat Springs, and Pharwit Durgan from Crested Butte.
J1 males, Max Scrimgeour from Steamboat Springs was first in the skate race on Saturday and Christian Shanley from Vail was first in the classic race on Sunday. They swapped positions by Chistian being 4th in the skate race and Max being 4th in classic race. Cal DeLine from Vail was 2nd in both races and Haakon Sigurslid from Durango was 3rd in both races.
OJ males, Tucker McCrerey won both days. He posted the fastest time in the skate race ahead of the college skiers, U23 skiers, and the Senior class skiers. He posted the second fastest time in the classic race on Sunday.
J2 females, Hannah Hardenbergh from Vail was a double winner with Gretchen Burholder from Steamboat Springs placing 3rd in the skate race and 2nd in the classic race. Hannah Peterson from Durango was 2nd in the skate race.
J1 females, Emily Hannah from Steamboat Springs was 1st in the skate race with Mary O’Connell from Steamboat Springs was 2nd. In the classic race on Sunday they swapped positions with Mary O’Connell 1st and Emily Hannah 2nd.
OJ females, Katie Gill from University of Denver and Haley Piske from Steamboat Springs swapped positions. Katie won the first day in the skate race and Haley was second. In the classic race, Haley won and Katie was 2nd.
J3 male class, Evan Barbier from Steamboat won both days.
In the J4 male class Tyler Scholl with the Steamboat Springs ski team won both days with Sven Tate from Steamboat Springs being second. In fact, Tyler would have won the older J3 class both days.
In the J3 female class, Anna Burkholder from Steamboat Springs won both days. In the J4 female class, Jaden Carlson from Boulder won both days.
J5 females, Katy Jane Hardenbergh from Vail won both days and in the J5 males Cade Mead from Boulder won both days.
Full results of both races to follow.