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By Justin Burton
Special to The SUN
The Wolf Creek Ski Team competed at Durango Mountain Resort Feb. 15-17 on a NASTAR sanctioned race course.
Andrew Bowles, racing in the 6/7-year-old bracket, finished the season first in the state of Colorado and ninth out of 92 racers in the nation in the Gold Division.
Bralee Inman, racing in the 14/15 bracket finished the season first in the state in the Gold Division.
Annabelle Bowles, racing in the 10/11 bracket, finished the season third in Colorado in the Gold Division.
Josh Abrell placed in the gold division and ranked first at Durango Mountain Resort.
Nash Loewen was not present, but made nationals due to his top finish the week before at Taos Ski Valley.
Congratulations to all five racers — they have all qualified in the Gold Division for the NASTAR National Championship Races to be held at Aspen/Snowmass March 20-24.
NASTAR is the largest recreational ski race program in the world. The National Championships is the ultimate reward for anyone who races NASTAR. Avid skiers from 45 states, ages 3-90, are welcome to race at NASTAR sanctioned resorts around the country for an opportunity to compete at nationals. At Aspen, there will be approximately 1,200 competitors seeking a national title.
Earning a top-10 position in the national rankings, a top-five position in state or a top-five position at a sanctioned resort will qualify an athlete for a chance to race at nationals. Divisions are divided in to four categories, Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze, and racers are separated by age and gender.
This year’s festival and competition provides an exciting week of activities, with free concerts, Warren Miller movie screenings, autograph signings, gift bags, raffle drawings for top equipment, race bibs, participation medals, race clinics and award receptions. There will be workshops featuring world champion Ted Liggety and Olympic champion Julia Mancuso. Participants will meet and race with World Cup champions Steve Nyman, Stacey Cook and Nolan Kasper. In addition, U.S. Ski Team alumni A.J. Kitt, Heidi Vodker and Kaylin Richardson will be setting the pace throughout the event. There will also be a race of champions trophy awarded. Only national champion title holders will be invited to this race.