Steamboat Springs Holiday Classic men's ski race starts with a bang Thursday


Thursday's top finishers

Men’s Surefoot Holiday Classic slalom top 15 finishers

Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012

Steamboat Ski Area

  1. Joonas Rasanen, 1:24.78
  2. Chris Acosta, 1:24.81
  3. Mark Engel, 1:25.12
  4. Max Marno, 1:25.26
  5. Ryan Wilson, 1:25.51
  6. Michael Bansmer 1:25.54
  7. Tucker Marshall, 1:25.65
  8. Hig Roberts, 1:25.66
  9. Andreas Adde, 1:25.67
  10. Sean Horner, 1:25.73
  11. Fletcher McDonald, 1:25.94
  12. Sean Higgins, 1:25.98
  13. Nils Hoegbom, 1:26.02
  14. Bryan Shpall, 1:26.03
  15. Charlie Reynolds, 1:26.15

— The initial disgust was apparent, the result was not.

University of New Mexico skier Joonas Rasanen was disappointed when he crossed the finish line near the bottom of the See Me course at Steamboat Ski Area during the first slalom competition of the Surefoot Holiday Classic. He briefly let up before the finish line, throwing his left arm in the air in a conceding fashion. He sprayed snow, looked down and shook his head.

Despite all that, and on the heels of solid second run, Rasanen walked away as Thursday's winner with a two-run combined time of 1 minute, 24.78 seconds.

“I had a pretty good run, I was just mad because I made a couple of mistakes,” the sophomore Lobos skier said. “I know though it was a lot better skiing than my first run.”

Teammate Chris Acosta was second in 1:24.81, and U.S. Ski Team member Mark Engel was third in 1:25.12. Steamboat Springs’ Hig Roberts was eighth.

The second run down the face of See Me proved the difference. Acosta had the lead after the first run, followed by Steamboat’s Max Marno and Engel. Rasanen was fifth, nine-tenths of a second behind Acosta.

But Rasanen found a groove in a more flowy and fast second-run course. He looked like the fastest skier through the top and middle sections before a slip near the bottom nearly cost him.

“I skied a little passive my first run and didn’t go for it enough,” he said. “It’s always a tough race here. But I’ve been skiing well lately. These guys here are faster. It was tough being nine-tenths out. You’re not happy. You’re far back. But I kept it positive.”

Marno, who is a sophomore at the University of Denver, looked to be in a good position to challenge for the win. He started the second run just 12/100ths of a second back and looked to be in a groove on his second run. But he had two slips near the bottom, eventually finishing fourth.

“The second run wasn’t quite as fast as it could have been,” Marno said. “I held back a little bit and made sure I finished. I just want to keep building on today.”

The men and women switch places Friday, with the men racing at Howelsen under the lights and the women on Mount Werner.

The men’s first run is at 3 p.m. Friday with the second run slated for 5:15 p.m.

“That’s an awesome event,” Marno said about skiing at night at Howelsen. "The whole town comes out and the competition — it’s awesome. Short of going to Europe, this is it.”

To reach Luke Graham, call 970-871-4229 or email


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