Steamboat Springs High School Alpine ski team member Peter White skis down the giant slalom course at the Colorado State Skiing Championships in Winter Park. White finished fourth.

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Steamboat Springs High School Alpine ski team member Peter White skis down the giant slalom course at the Colorado State Skiing Championships in Winter Park. White finished fourth.

Steamboat Springs High School ski teams open at state championships

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Steamboat Springs High School skiing results

Alpine team: Giant slalom

Girls

7. Suzanne Lyon

15. Marnie Buckley

17. McKenzie Millard

33. Maria Hoots

35. Anna Woodfield

DNF Ali Pougiales

Boys

4. Peter White

7. Andreas Foulk

9. Dane Dixson

17. Danny Kramer

19. Matt White

34. Rick Walters

Nordic team: 5-kilometer freestyle individual start

Girls

7. Meg O’Connell

14. Gabriel Bohlmann

19. Lesley Myller

23. Sabina Berend

27. Lindsey Adler

28. Ali Pougiales

35. Eliza Leeson

44. Olivia Rose

Boys

22. Peter White

28. Tait Dixson

35. Dane Dixson

42. Matthew White

51. Tristan Arnis

Results are unofficial.

— Steamboat Springs High School skier Peter White figured the hard part was over.

The junior has strived to win the Skimeister competition for the past two years. The competition that combines Alpine and Nordic doesn’t include state results, so White, who will find out Friday whether he won the Skimeister, decided that with his main goal behind him, Thursday’s giant slalom event in Winter Park was going to be fun.

White led the boys Alpine team, finishing just off the podium in fourth place. Andreas Foulk was seventh and Dane Dixson was ninth, putting the boys in second place.

“State doesn’t have any effect on your Skimeister,” White said. “I didn’t have to worry about finishing. You could just try and ski as fast as you could.”

With a longer-than-usual course and blowing snow, the conditions weren’t ideal. The course started to get bumps, causing havoc and leading to plenty of DNFs.

Take Ali Pougiales, who was in seventh after her first run and in position to make a move to the podium. But halfway through her second run, Pougiales’ ski came off and ended her day.

Suzanne Lyon paced the Sailors with a seventh-place finish. Marnie Buckley was 15th, and McKenzie Millard was 17th.

“It was a pretty good day,” coach Jim Winn said. “Slalom is our strongest event by far. But I’m pretty darn happy with how things finished up” Thursday.

The team continues action Friday with a slalom event. Throughout the year, Steamboat has dominated the slalom.

Nordic team skis well

Despite continually changing conditions, the Steamboat Springs High School Nordic team produced some good results Thursday at the opening day of the Colorado State Skiing Championships.

Competing in a 5-kilometer freestyle individual start at Snow Mountain Ranch Nordic Center, skiers had to battle varying conditions throughout the day.

The snow was warm, and blowing snow made finding the right wax a chore.

“Everyone had to deal with it,” coach Emily Lovett said. “We feel like it’s a challenge, but everyone is dealing with it.”

Meg O’Connell paced the Sailors with a seventh-place finish. Gabriel Bohlmann was 14th, Lesley Myller was 19th and Sabina Berend was 23rd.

“I couldn’t have asked for more of an effort,” Lovett said. “The gals did a phenomenal job.”

In a competitive boys field, Peter White led the Sailors with a 22nd-place finish. Tait Dixson was 28th, and Dane Dixson was 35th.

The event continues Friday with a 5-kilometer classic mass-start event.

To reach Luke Graham, call 970-871-4229 or email lgraham@SteamboatToday.com

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