CMC hosts championships

Skiers will use See Me, Concentration for slalom competition

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— The U.S. Collegiate Ski As----sociation's Western Regional Championships will take place on the slopes of the Steamboat Ski Area this weekend.

The Concentration and See Me ski trails will serve as rare host sites for the giant slalom and slalom runs Friday and Saturday. Colorado Mountain College's Alpine Campus is hosting the event.

"I think if we have a good day -- that is, everybody has clean runs -- and no one has to hike, both teams can qualify for the national championships," CMC Ski Team coach George Thomas said.

The top five teams will advance to the U.S. Colle--giate Ski Association National Championships in March at Sugarloaf, Maine.

CMC competes in the Rocky Mountain Conference and is sending eight skiers -- five men and three women -- to the two-day championships. The men are Brendan Brousseau, Chris Smith, Paul Thibodeau, Andrew Kunhardt and Kerry Lofy. The women are Riley O'Brien, Kara Norby and Suzie Livingston.

Skiing magazine ranked Brousseau the 35th best male racer younger than 21.

Skiers from 19 colleges in seven western states and British Columbia will compete in the U.S. Collegiate Ski Association Western Regional Championships. Top skiers from the Rocky Mountain, Grand Teton and Pacific Northwest Conferences are in attendance.

Volunteers are needed to help as gate judges. Volunteers will be fed breakfast and lunch and will be given vouchers for a day of skiing at Steamboat Ski Area for each day worked. Call George Thomas at 870-4471 for more information.

-- To reach Melinda Mawdsley, call 871-4208 or e-mail mmawdsley@steamboatpilot.com

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