Posted by Mike C at 10:26 am
Jan 26, 2013 by Kim Parco
Bear Valley, CA- The opening race of the Central Series, the “Rasmussen Classic Slalom” ran under clear skies, with temperatures in the single digits, concluding a successful opening weekend of competitive skiing in the Central Sierra, January 12, and 13, 2013. Teams from China Peak, Dodge Ridge, Badger Pass and Bear Valley converged on the slopes at Bear Valley Mountain. The race was held on the “Nastar” run off of the Koala Chairlift. The terrific snow and challenging course sets resulted in competitive runs and an exciting weekend of racing.
Photos from this event are available online at www.westworldimages.com
Bear Valley’s Gennady Sytnik had the fastest times both Saturday and Sunday earning the Bear Valley “Rasmussen Bell” for the fastest overall times. Dominic Graziani (Bear Valley) placed 2nd on Saturday. First time racer, Thomas Skeoch (Bear Valley), placed 9th both Saturday and Sunday. Christian Davidson (Bear Valley) placed 4th on Sunday. Michael Fellows and Max Wu of Bear Valley raced both days and looked great out of the start, but DQ’d.
Saturday: Gennady Sytnik (Bear Valley) 1st, Dominic Graziani 2nd, Reaves Forrest (BPST) 3rd, . Sunday: Gennady Sytnik (Bear Valley) 1st Reaves Forrest (CPST) 2nd, Timothy Bender (CPST) 3rd, Christian Davidson (Bear Valley) 4th.
U14 Girls China Peak’s Caroline Cole had the fastest time both days also earning the Bear Valley “Cow Bell”. Bear Valley’s April Johnson placed 6th on Saturday and 4th on Sunday. New Bear Valley team member Mahren Hudson placed 7th on Sunday.
Saturday: Carline Cole (CPST) 1st, Robbie Munk (DRRT) 2nd, Libby Rimmer (DRRT) 3rd. Sunday: Carline Cole (CPST) 1st, Sydney Cave (DRRT) 2nd, Libby Rimmer (DRRT) 3rd, April Johnson 4th.
U12 boys in Bear Valley come join the race team!
Saturday: Stash Perry (DRRT) 1st, Varun Suklikar (DRRT) 2nd, Charlie Swanson (CPST) 3rd Sunday: Danny Kelsay, Stash Perry, Varun Suklikar, all from DRRT, placed 1st, 2nd, and 3rd respectively
Bear Valley’s Michelle Morozinski, placed 4th on Saturday and 3rd on Sunday. She was also received the “Little E Award” from her coaches.
Saturday: Jensen Perry (DRRT) 1st, Viktoria Sundberg (CPST) 2nd, and Elizabeth Gammariello (CPST) 3rd. Sunday: Ava Law (DRRT) 1st and Viktoria Sundberg (CPST) 2nd, Michelle Morozinski, (BVSEF) 3rd,
Carson Parco (Bear Valley) was 2nd on Saturday and 4th on Sunday; he was also recognized by his coach with the “Little E Award”. Etienne Dollar, (Bear Valley) was 3rd on Saturday and 5th on Sunday. Bear Valley team member Jakob Shawkey placed 5th on Saturday and 8th on Sunday. First year U10 Cooper Broll (Bear Valley) raced both days, and looked strong, but DQ’d both days. Teammate and first time race Cole Davidson made his debut on Sunday and placed 7th.
Saturday: Jett Sumunaci (DRRT) 1st, Carson Parco (BVSEF) 2nd, Etienne Dollar (BVSEF) 3rd, Sunday: Evan Lear (DRRT) 1st, Will Armbruster (DRRT) 2nd, Jett Sumunaci (DRRT) 3rd.
Bear Valley’s Elianna Dollar (U8) placed 6th on Saturday.
Saturday: Sarah Bruno (DRRT) 1st, Alexis Ghiglieri (DRRT) 2nd, and Sarh Cole (CPST) 3rd. on Sunday. Sarah Bruno (DRRT) 1st, Emerson Action (YWC) 2nd, and Anika Vaughan (DRRT) 3rd.
The Rasmussen Bell
A new perpetual trophy was created in 2012 for this race to both honor the Rasmussen ski-racing legacy and establish a new tradition at the Rasmussen Classic Slalom race similar to the Yosemite Winter Club’s Silver Ski which is awarded each year at Badger Pass. This award, is given to the Central Series’ U14 boy and girl with the fastest combined times from both races. The winners of the Rasmussen Bell were Bear Valley’s Gennady Sytnik and China Peak’s Caroline Cole who were presented with an engraved brass cowbell, a nod to both the cowbell’s iconic status cheering in ski racing and to pay homage to the ranching history of the Rasmussen family who continue the tradition today.
The Rasmussen Cup is named for Maury Rasmussen, a founder of Bear Valley Ski Area who was a vigorous supporter of ski racing in the western United States and was the grandfather of prominent racers from the Rasmussen clan, Jeff, Greg, Denise and Kyle. Kyle Rasmussen competed in three separate Olympic Games as part of the United States Ski Team.The next stop on the Central Series is a GS scheduled for Dodge Ridge on February 9th and 10th.