With a weak winter snowfall, resorts have been blowing snow whenever they get a chance.
Alpine Meadows generated enough over the weekend to host the Central II opener giant slalom event on man-made snow, allowing the Nevada Union alpine ski team to compete for the first time this season.
It was the best “snow” the Miners had seen all season.
“A third of my racers have never seen a gate until today, but we were able to get in half a dozen training days over the break, getting the kids used to carving race turns,” NU coach Ken Ramirez said in an email.
Nevada Union’s preparation helped it claim second in the boys competition, finishing six points behind Davis. Nevada Union also placed second in the girls competition and placed second in combined team placement.
For the boys team, Peter McDowell placed third with a combined time of 1 minute, 5.59 seconds. Caspar Hendrickson was fifth with a 1:05.7 and was followed by Ethan Good with a 10th-place finish at 1:08.29. Josh Harris rounded out the scoring runs with a 16th place at 1:10.13.
The Lady Miners were led by Emma Stratman with a 10th place finish at 1:12.27 followed by Tori Newman in 14th at 1:14.96. Katie King skied the course for 17th place at 1:16.61, while German foreign exchange student Anna Deutschmann placed 18th at 1:17.64.
The Miners’ next race will be a slalom Monday at Sugar Bowl.
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