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Wolf Creek sees 98 competitors turn out for holiday race

By Julie Martinez | Wolf Creek Ski Area 

Wolf Creek Ski Area hosted its annual Presidents Day Holiday race on Sunday, Feb. 20. The modified grand slalom course was held on Lower Charisma with a groomed base of packed snow. 

The holiday brought with it a turnout of 98 racers, with a lot of new faces in the race from as far away as Moscow, Russia, and Vicianca, Italy, as well as some closer locations such as Los Alamos, N.M. and Simi Valley, Calif. 

The overall winner for the day was Thomas Popov, of Pagosa Springs, with the fastest time of 24.84 seconds, with David Sciole, of South Fork, coming in second with a time of 25.32. Third place went Meredith Jameson, of Amarillo, Texas, with her impressive time of 27.08 seconds.

In addition to Popov and Sciole taking first and second place, respectively, there was a tie for third place between Westin Bruce, of Georgetown, Texas, and Casey Doane, of Albuquerque, N.M., with both racers finishing with a time of 27.24 seconds.

In addition to Jameson’s first-place finish at 24.84 seconds in the women’s race, Heather Masco, of Evergreen, Colo., took second with her time of 30.73 seconds, and third place went to Callie Dewbre, of Larina, Texas, competing in the Girls 12-14 age bracket, with a time of 31.29.

In the Boys 6-8, Alden Soden placed first with a time of 32.42.

Rylan Soden placed first in the Boys 9-11 with a time of 29.11.

In the men 51-60, Popov placed first with a time of 42.84.

Garry Brewer placed first with a time of 35.17 in the Men 71+.

Wolf Creek will be hosting its annual Mardi Gras Race on Sunday, Feb. 27. The race course will be a modified grand slalom course with two lanes on the lower Charisma run. It is free with the purchase of a lift ticket. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. at the intersection of Turnpike and Charisma, and the course will be open between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Medals will be awarded to the three fastest racers in each age and gender category.

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