Skyway Skuffle 2016 Race Results

Skyway Skuffle 2016 Race Results

SKYWAY SKUFFLE RACE RESULTS SKYWAY, JAN 31, 2016 We managed to dodge the weather bullet and got two great days of ski racing in for our big collegiate racing weekend. Actually, we weren’t completely unscathed as Saturday’s wind and Sunday’s soft tracks on new snow made for good challenges but my unfounded fears were that it would be much much worse. Six schools were represented at Saturday’s Classic Sprints, the host team of Colorado Mesa University, joined by University of Wyoming, US Air Force Academy, Western State Colorado University, Colorado College and, winning the big travel award, Oregon State University Cascades. The school teams were joined by an avid cadre of citizens for the Skyway Skuffle 10K on Sunday. Per usual, the University of Wyoming set the standard providing all of the winners but they were pushed by good competition. The Saturday race consisted of an individual time trial 1K which was used to seed the subsequent elimination heats. Each heat had 5 or 6 racers going head to head with the top two advancing to the next round. The finals had Elise Sulser just crushing the other women while Mason Vincent snuck in ahead of a tight pack of men. Exciting stuff to watch! Women: 1. Elise Sulser, UWyo; 2. Sierra Jech, UWyo; 3. Bob (yes!) Maddox, WSCU Men: 1. Mason Vincent, UWyo; Kimmo Lajunen, CMU; Kyle Bochanski, UWyo For the 10K on Sunday racers skied up the Arroyo and Vista Valley, did the big climb at the back end, returned on Vista Ridge and then skied over to finish around Sunset. Sam Wiswell of UWyo managed that...
Women’s Ski Clinic Series Registration Deadline Extended!

Women’s Ski Clinic Series Registration Deadline Extended!

There are still a few spaces open in the popular GMNC Women’s Ski Clinic Series to be held at County Line on Fridays in February from 12-1pm! Registration open until full. All ability levels welcome from beginner skiers to advanced. We also offer a beginner skate ski group (minimum 3 skiers required). The clinics focus on practicing and improving ski skills in an informative and fun learning environment with other women. Skiers will be grouped according to ability and the small groups (maximum 6 skiers per instructor) allow plenty of one on one feedback from GMNC’s professional instructors who are passionate, knowledgeable, helpful and fun! Each clinic begins with a brief ‘dry land’ warm up, stretching, and discussion about different topics such as clothing and gear, ski waxing and preparing for the trail. Each skier will be asked about their goals and/or the areas where they want practice and improvement. The final clinic will include video analysis for all who want it, and afterwards GMNC will host an “Après Ski Ladies Tea”! Click here for details and to register....
Grand Mesa Nordic Junior Race Team: Jordan Miner Top 10 Finish at Junior National Super Qualifier

Grand Mesa Nordic Junior Race Team: Jordan Miner Top 10 Finish at Junior National Super Qualifier

The Grand Mesa Nordic Junior Race Team competed in the Junior National Super Qualifier held at Soldier Hollow on Friday and Saturday. Over 750 young athletes competed in this event with teams from Colorado, California, Idaho, Montana, Utah, Oregon, and Washington. Races were held for athletes ranging from 7-19 years. This is a special event where athletes not only get to race at an Olympic venue, they also have an opportunity to compete in large races against teams from across the western United States. Jordan Miner made us proud and raced hard both days. She had a top 10 finish in the 1.2 km classic sprint race on Friday and finished 9th out 90 other athletes in her age category (U14)! She had another strong finish in the 3 km skate race yesterday and placed 21st out of 88 athletes. Nice work Jordan! Congratulations on your accomplishments and continued improvements as a ski racer. Soldier Hollow Classic Sprint Results Soldier Hollow Freestyle Race Results...
Colorado Mesa University Nordic Ski Team Hosts the First Rocky Mountain Conference Ski Race

Colorado Mesa University Nordic Ski Team Hosts the First Rocky Mountain Conference Ski Race

The Colorado Mesa University Nordic Ski team hosted the first Rocky Mountain Conference ski races at Skyway on the Grand Mesa this past weekend. Six teams attended — University of Wyoming, U.S. Air Force Academy, Western State Colorado University, Colorado College and Oregon State University Cascades. On Saturday’s 1km classic sprint, senior Mira Hopkins finished 4th place behind Wyoming’s Elise Sulser. Sophomore Emma Malmquist finished 7th, and sophomore Nikki Cunning placed 13th for CMU. On the men’s side, sophomore Nate Maddox finished 10th place behind winner Mason Vincent of Wyoming. CMU  junior Connor Timms finished in 11th place. In Sunday’s 10km freestyle race, Mira Hopkins finished 4th again, behind Sulser, Emma Malmquist placed 5th and Nikki Cunning ended the race in 6th place. For the men, CMU freshman Eivind Roed finished 2nd place just behind Wyoming’s Sam Wiswell. Two other CMU skiers finished in the top 10 — Nate Maddox in 5th, and Andrew James in 8th place. CMU now sits in 2nd place, behind University of Wyoming in the team standings and qualified three women and three men for the Collegiate National Championships in Lake Placid, New York, on March 6-12.  The team heads to Crested Butte next weekend for the WSCU Invite. Follow results and updates at the team’s Facebook Page. The Rocky Mountain Conference includes: Western State Colorado University, University of Wyoming, Air Force Academy and CMU.   For more information, contact head coach Dave Aschwanden at 303-518-0581     Nordic Ski Team Roster...