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.