Bucs Compete In Fairbanks Ski-Cross

VHS Ski Coach Pete Toye – The Buc ski team ventured north to Fairbanks last Saturday to join 150 other skiers in an exciting ski-cross competition. The races consisted of two heats over jumps, around slalom gates and under “limbo” gates. All skiers raced in preliminary heats, then advanced to final heats depending upon their results in the prelims. Final groupings were classified A (fastest group in prelims) thru C (slowest group in prelims).  Many of the skiers competing in this race will be racing next weekend for a spot on the Alaska Junior National team to compete in the Junior National Championships in lake Placid, NY this March. College skiers also competed in this event as well making for stiff competition.

Final Heat Valdez results are as follows:

Men’s Varsity C Final:

  1. Ben Swanson
  2. John Banner
  3. James Hancock
  4. Chris Cummins
  5. Colton Prevost


Women’s Varsity C Final:

  1. Rylee Norris
  2. Taylor Huston

Women’s  JV B Final:

1.Victoria Korenev
3. Rowan Miller


Women’s JV A Final

  1. Caitlin Connell
  2. Angie Alfaro


The race was a good training opportunity for balance and step-turning.  All skiers showed great technique improvement since their last race there on Nov. 19, including the first year athletes. The team now heads to Homer this weekend for their two day event at Ohlsen Mountain.


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