The members of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club's Alpine age-class ski team got back to work the week after Christmas, with some of the athletes taking part in the Topolino Time Trials in Winter Park and others heading to the Loveland Ski Area for USSA Rocky Mountain Division races.
The races were the first since Winter Sports Club ski racer Ashley Stamp was killed in an accident Dec. 19 while training for a slalom run in Vail. Ski coach Terry DelliQuadri said both races were very emotional for the Winter Sports Club athletes, family and staff.
Loveland officials reserved start No. 84 for Stamp and everyone on the hill observed a minute of silence at that point in the start order. Most of the athletes wore orange ribbons, helmet stickers and bandanas in Stamp's memory.
In Winter Park, Cassady Roberts and Ryan and Taylor Coe raced in a qualifying event for the Topolino Children's Games, which will be held in Italy later this winter.
Only one boy and one girl earned berth at the qualifying races that were held Dec. 28 to 30. This year, Vail racers Hunter Schleper and Christa Ghent took top honors and earned the spots.
The Winter Sports Club also posted some impressive finishes at an age-class race Jan. 2 in Loveland.
Steamboat racers took six of the top 10 places in the J5 class for racers 10 and younger.
Katie Hostetler was third, Lexie Baden was fifth, Suzanne Lyon was sixth, Danielle Brownell-Patty was eighth, and Katie Arnis finished ninth. In the J4 class (skiers 11 to 12 years old), Anna Marno was second, Ciar Colgan was sixth, Maria Hillenbrand was eighth, Corinne Landy was ninth, and Sarah White finished 10th. Roberts placed third in the J3 class for racers 13 and 14, Vikki Brown was eighth, Mandi DeVos was ninth, and Jorid Halsnes was 10th.
The J5 boys' Murphy Roberts was third, Alex Barounos was fifth, and Erik Halsnes was seventh.
The J4 boys were led by Scott Ptach in third, Sam Glaisher in fourth, Nick Payne in fifth, Thomas Lyon in seventh, Jeffrey Gay in ninth, and Neil Harris in 10th. Jimmy Hostetler won the J3 race. Teammate Michael Lyon was third, McConnell was sixth, Jace Wirth was seventh, and Hig Roberts was 10th.
On the second day of racing, Lily Wasser led the J5 girls with a first-place finish. Katie Hostetler was third, Suzanne Lyon was fifth, Baden was sixth, Brownell-Patty was seventh, Arnis was eighth, and Ali Pougiales was 10th.
Marno was second, Colgan was sixth, Hillenbrand was seventh, and Landy was 10th.
Brown led the J3 girls in fifth, Cassady Roberts was sixth, and Jorid Halsnes was eighth.
Barounos was the top J5 boy in the race and was followed by teammates Murphy Roberts in fifth and Erik Halsnes in ninth.
Ptach was second for the J4 boys. Connor Bernard was fourth, Payne was sixth and Thomas Lyon was eighth.
Jimmy Hostetler won the J3 boys race. Michael Lyon was fifth, McConnell was sixth, Wirth was seventh, Max Marno was ninth, and Taylor Coe and Hig Roberts tied for 10th.