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Steamboat to host home Alpine meet Friday

Luke Graham

— The Steamboat Springs High School Alpine team has its lone home meet of the year Friday.

The two-run slalom event at Howelsen Hill begins with the first girls run at 10 a.m. The boys will follow with second runs expected to begin at noon.

The race should feature more than 100 skiers, including 20 from Steamboat.

"Putting on a race is always fun," Steamboat coach Anje Worrell said. "It's always nice to have a home advantage. Our kids have skied on this hill, and a lot of them are used to it. From what I know, these races here with the high school, kids can be intimidated by Howelsen. It's a steep pitch, and it's not very forgiving."

Howelsen Hill will be the toughest slalom race most high school athletes will see all year. Teams from Aspen, Colorado Rocky Mountain School, Eagle Valley, Battle Mountain, Lake County and Vail Mountain are expected to attend.

Steamboat should do well in the girls and boys events. Last week, at the first meet of the year in Winter Park, the girls team took first, and the boys team was second.

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The girls win included a sweep of the podium by Suzanne Lyon, Megan Rosa and Sarah White.

Steamboat's Connor Bernard finished second on the boys side.

Worrell said the key to a race on such a tough course would be to get every skier to try to finish.

She said the team got back to slalom training Wednesday and Thursday at Howelsen on a tight course that was not forgiving.

"I want the kids to ski smart and make it down the hill without too many mistakes," Worrell said. "I would think the kids that did well last week are the same ones that will do well" Friday.

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