David Lamb, 32, came in second place in the men's division Sunday afternoon during the Town Challenge giant slalom at Steamboat Ski Area.

Photo by Ben Ingersoll

David Lamb, 32, came in second place in the men's division Sunday afternoon during the Town Challenge giant slalom at Steamboat Ski Area.

Town Challenge GS race attracts wide range of ages, abilities

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— Locals took to the first Town Challenge ski race of the winter series at Steamboat Ski Area on Sunday afternoon on Bashor’s giant slalom track.

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Brede Halsnes, 29, grabbed third in the men's giant slalom Sunday at the Town Challenge at Steamboat Ski Area's Bashor run.

Some were eager to check their results at the bottom, others simply looked like they were having fun under Sunday’s blue skies. Steamboat Ski Area Director of Skiing Billy Kidd even made an appearance at the bottom, offering encouragement amid a few jokes with the older group of racers.

Marsh Gooding had the fastest run in the men’s division with a time of 23.72 seconds, edging out a tight pack of David Lamb (23.84 seconds) and Brede Halsnes (23.87 seconds).

Ann West challenged all competitors — men and women — with her first-run time of 24.74 seconds, tops among women and sixth overall. Emily Colin had the second-fastest women’s time of 25.85 seconds and Lindsay Wert was third in 26.60 seconds.

More than 50 racers overall competed Sunday at Bashor. Races ranged in age from as young as 16 to as old as 68. Rio Graab, 16, was 15th in the men’s division, and 68-year-old Keith Giglio was 30th among all men. The oldest women’s skiers were Katherine Gaylord and Linda Blazek at 64, crossing in times of 32.74 seconds and 38.53 seconds, respectively.

Sunday's results

Steamboat Town Challenge GS

Steamboat Ski Area

Steamboat Springs

Men's GS

1 Marsh Gooding, 23.72

2 David Lamb, 23.84

3 Brede Halsnes, 23.87

4 Scott Tanner, 24.48

5 Carter Allen, 24.63

6 Kevin Hendrickson, 24.90

7 Trevyn Newpher, 25.13

8 Joseph Liefer, 25.14

9 Stein Halsnes, 25.28

10 Chris Arnis, 25.32

11 Jim Kohler, 25.41

12 Nate Johansing, 25.95

13 Jeff Hostetler, 26.21

14 Tim Magill, 26.34

15 Rio Graab, 26.51

16 Kris Hagenbuch, 26.75

17 Alex Anderson, 26.77

18 Squeak Melehes, 27.68

19 Sean Brenker, 27.71

20 Matt Roberts, 28.20

21 Scott Grosjean, 28.56

22 Nathan Birdseye, 28.75

23 Jimmi Vandenhurk, 28.97

24 Art Morrissey, 29.10

25 Stacy Childs, 29.46

26 Tom Degroff, 29.53

27 Marlin Walkup, 29.64

28 Matt Geiger, 29.67

29 Keith Giglio, 29.91

30 Buck Erickson, 30.22

31 Matt Schmidt, 30.61

32 Gary Squires, 31.36

33 Douglas Scott, 31.50

34 Jeff Barnes, 32.03

35 Brian Rainelle, 33.31

Women's GS

1 Ann West, 24.74

2 Emily Colin, 25.58

3 Lindsay Wert, 26.60

4 Elyse Tanner, 27.23

5 Tamra Malczyk, 27.54

6 Michelle MacKey, 27.55

7 La La Cartmill, 27.58

8 Valerie Powell, 27.61

9 Stephanie Kasun, 27.74

10 Lily Wasser, 27.82

11 Traci Allen, 28.87

12 Linda Walkup, 30.78

13 Carol Wert, 31.05

14 Laura Sjoblom, 31.57

15 Diana Childs, 32.28

16 Katherine Gaylord, 32.74

17 Jenny Huffmire, 34.83

18 Cindy Russo, 35.87

19 Linda Blazek, 38.53

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