FVSEF skiers work through competition-filled February

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  • Jordon Jurasek competes in the men's Super G. (Photo courtesy Mark Jurasek)

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    Mikaela Daniels of Whitefish cruising to third place in Saturday’s Big Sky Super G Race. (Photo courtesy FVSEF)

  • Jordon Jurasek competes in the men's Super G. (Photo courtesy Mark Jurasek)

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    Mikaela Daniels of Whitefish cruising to third place in Saturday’s Big Sky Super G Race. (Photo courtesy FVSEF)

Five junior racers from the Flathead Valley Ski Education Foundation recently attended a U16 four-day Super G and Giant Slalom camp put on by the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Association. The invitation-only training camp was for top Junior Ski racers in the Western U.S.

The top 25 U16 girls and 25 U16 boys from California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Alaska and Montana had the opportunity to train together and get to know ski racers in other parts of the western region. FVSEF athletes invited included Colin Harper, Tyler Anderson, Colter Upton (not attending due to injury), Stella Eddy and Mikaela Daniels.

“This was an important camp and to have five FVSEF athletes invited out of 50 speaks well of our team,” commented FVSEF Coach Kurt Nelson.

Following the Western Region Camp, U14 and selected U12 skiers from throughout Montana participated in a Northern Division Camp on Feb. 7 and 8. This camp focused on the fundamentals of the “Super G” event, and provided a first-time exposure to the “Speed” events (Super G and Downhill) for many of the young athletes. U12 invitees from FVSEF included Brodie Kneeland, Ryder Elliott and Townsend Reed.

Finally, the camps segued into the Northern Division U14-18 Super G qualifier events held Feb. 9-11 on Hangman’s Run at Big Sky Resort.

“This was the only speed event these athletes have prior to the Western Regional championships happening at Jackson Hole for the U14’s and Alyeska in Anchorage, Alaska for the U16’s,” commented FVSEF Head Coach Roy Loman.

The next competitions are on Feb. 23-25 at Bridger Bowl in Bozeman for U16s and older, and Feb. 24-25 at Great Divide in Helena for U14s and younger.

Results for Flathead Valley skiers racing in the Big Sky Super G series:

Saturday

Ladies’ SG No.1

U14 – Isabelle Cooke 11th, Addison Bahr 19th, Tess Lewison 25th, Paetra Cooke 28th

U16 – Mikaela Daniels 4th, Stella Eddy 7th

U19 – Helena Croise 8th

Ladies’ SG No.2

U14 – Isabelle Cooke 9th, Addison Bahr 21st, Tess Lewison 24th, Paetra Cooke 26th

U16 – Mikaela Daniels 3rd

U19 – Helena Croise 5th

Men’s SG

U14 – Burke Fox 5th, Jordan Jurasek 7th, Carson Keim 9th, Mason Fauth 21st, Cale Fox 23rd, Wyatt Breck 26th

U16 – Ian Calaway 3rd, Colin Harper 7th(T), Tyler Anderson 7th(T), Henry Spradlin 20th, Cole Paschen 21st

Sunday

Ladies’ SG

U14 – Isabelle Cooke 7th, Addison Bahr 17th, Tess Lewison 23rd, Paetra Cooke 25th

Men’s SG No. 1

U14 – Burke Fox 7th, Jordan Jurasek 12th, Carson Keim 13th, Mason Fauth 17th, Cale Fox 21st, Wyatt Breck 32nd

U16 – Colin Harper 3rd, Ian Calaway 4th, Tyler Anderson 7th, Cole Paschen 19th,

Henry Spradlin 20th

Men’s SG No. 2

U14 – Burke Fox 4th, Jordan Jurasek 10th, Carson Keim 11th, Mason Fauth 18th, Cale Fox 19th, Wyatt Breck 25th

U16 – Ian Calaway 5th, Colin Harper 7th, Cole Paschen 16th, Henry Spradlin 18th

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