Powering into the New Season!

As the leaves begin to change and the temperature starts to drop, excitement brews amongst the Winter Park Competition Center skiers and snowboarders, dreaming of that first day back on snow.  This past weekend, Comp Center athletes began their preparations for the season by assessing their fitness and getting stocked up on gear.

The weekend began with the Second Annual Ute Trail Challenge, a timed running race from the base of Winter Park Resort to the top of Sunspot.  A 1500 foot elevation gain in just two miles, the grueling run challenges both body and mind.  Coming in first for the boys was Nordic skier Alex Holinka, with an impressive time of 29 minutes and 11 seconds, closely followed by Freestyle Moguls skier Finn Balfe, only 48 seconds behind.  Coming in first for the ladies was Abby Wollan, improving her time from last year by an incredible 10 minutes!  The winners for both genders received $100 to the Columbia store in the Village.

Athletes finished off Saturday by attending Manufacturer’s Day to check out the latest and greatest gear from companies like Volkl, Atomic, Fischer, Swix, Zipline Poles, Shaman Skis, Fuxi, and Head.

Sunday morning, athletes gathered outside Fraser Valley Recreation Center to test their physical readiness in the Comp Center’s twice annual Fitness Assessment.  Participating in tests like the box jump, 1.5 mile run, and 20 meter sprint assessed their speed, anaerobic, and aerobic capacities, while tests like the broad jump and vertical jump looked at strength and power.  The athletes also engaged in the Y-Balance test, an assessment used to look at single leg symmetry with the goal of injury prevention.  Check out our top performers!

  FIS BOYS FIS GIRLS U16 BOYS U16 GIRLS U14 BOYS U14 GIRLS
Vertical Jump Greyson Cromer, Alpine Megan Bausano, Alpine Chase Allen, Freestyle Liv Sroka, Freestyle Garrett Gillest, Alpine Keely Monkouski, Big Mountain
20m Dash Greyson Cromer, Alpine Emily Jensen, Nordic Chase Allen, Freestyle Liv Sroka, Freestyle Will Solomon, Snowboard Liz Lipscomb, Alpine
Broad Jump Tanner Murphy, Freestyle Emily Jensen, Nordic Chase Allen, Freestyle Jenna Blatchford, Alpine Micah Byrum, Alpine Keely Monkouski, Big Mountain
Pushups Sebastian Brower, Nordic AND Greyson Cromer, Alpine Megan Bausano, Alpine AND Emily Jensen, Nordic Jackson Harvey, Freestyle AND Chase Allen, Freestyle Liv Sroka, Freestyle Garrett Gillest, Alpine Keely Monkouski, Big Mountain
Box Jump Greyson Cromer, Alpine AND Tanner Murphy, Freestyle Emily Jensen, Nordic Chase Allen, Freestyle Liv Sroka, Freestyle Asher Michel, Freestyle Jay Valiquette, Alpine
1.5m Run Sebastian Brower, Nordic Sierra Smith, Nordic Jackson Harvey, Freestyle Maggie Schneider, Freestyle Kai Neff, Alpine Liz Lipscomb, Alpine

Overall, it was a great weekend of athletes pushing themselves and one another towards excellence.

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