A virtual who’s who of super-heroes, fantasy figures, and action stars were dominating the Hilary run at Eaglecrest over the weekend as the Juneau Ski Club held its Grand Finale slalom runs of the year.
Wearing colorful and not-their-every-day (we hope) ski outfits the Mighty Mite, Devo, and Junior members competed in two days of down hill slalom action in U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association sanctioned races.
“Because they are sparkly,” Gabby Hebert said of her fairy winged ski addition. “They didn’t make me any faster, but it is just really fun to ski with friends and have fun.”
Added Katherine Kane of her “grandma” garb, “I’m not sure what this is, something random I threw together. It is just fun to be out here skiing.”
Various Spidermen, and women, Zorro, Sir Lancelot, Easter eggs, M&M’s, vampires and just about any concoction a youthful mind could assemble left the starting gate.
“It’s just my costume,” Mark Colvin said of his G.I Joe Navy Seal Super Agent Spy riggings, complete with an actual diving wet suit, tear gas mask, and assorted weaponry.
“I love skiing because I am not horrible at it. I seem to enjoy it and it runs in the family.”
The outlandish costumes were just to highlight the club’s final days of the year and accentuate the crowning of the top female and male junior skiers with the Eagle Crest Cup.
Saturday’s top female combined two-run times were: Quincy Bates 1:30.54, Adrienne Audet 1:37.45, Gabriella Hebert 1:44.48, Alexandra Hiley 1:48.11, Anouk Otsea 1:48.89, Naomi Moritz 1:49.04, Jeanne Lin Muller 2:13.29, Laurie Balstad 2:13.97, Madeline Handley 2:26.55, and Katelyn Redekopp 2:32.75. Sunday: Bates 1:38.25, Hebert 1:47.58, Moritz 1:53.19, Hiley 1:55.75, Kane 2:11.42, Jessie Gregg, 2:21.57, Handley 2:23.33, Redekopp 2:25.24, and Muller 2:28.96.
Bates narrowly topped Moritz for overall champion through the season and won the Eagle Crest Cup.
“It is just so much fun to go fast,” Bates, 13, said. Wearing a Spyder performance-racing suit under a two-piece bikini. “I just thought the bikini was funny. I just hope to keep having fun and racing.”
Moritz, dressed as her brother Ryan, said, “It’s his freestyle gear, I just like skiing.”
Saturday’s top male two-run times were: Matthew Vandor 1:21.81, Christopher Cummins 1:29.66, Shane Kelly 1:32.18, Peter Peel 1:33.49, Joseph Greenough 1:37.72, and Forest Kobayashi 1:57.18. Sunday: Peel 1:27.46, Vandor 1:37.94, Greenough 1:39.25, Cody Weldon 1:45.79, Colvin 153.82, Kelly 1:55.81, Cummins 2:07.33, and Kobayashi 2:17.11.
Vandor won the Eagle Crest Cup for the year’s top combined performances.
“It’s just a different sport every day,” Vandor, 17 said. “There is no end to the different lines, snow conditions, and fun you can have every day. I just want to keep skiing.”
JSC athletes can compete on into college or try to make national teams. Currently Brian Van Dor is on the University of Montana at Missoula team and Nathan Ord is shredding at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Wash.
Mike Satre runs the Mighty Mite feeder program that was 50-members strong this year and will add to Devo coach Randy Bates’ squad of 24, and up the ante on the Junior’s nine-strong ranks.
“Overall we are just trying to produce good skiers,” Juneau Ski Club head coach Dan Ord said. “Skiers that will enjoy it for a lifetime. Safe, responsible skiers who want to have fun. And if they like to race and want to get into the racing aspect that is just extra icing on the slopes so to speak. The Eaglecrest ski instructors donated their knowledge, time, mountain, and love of the sport to the team… the kids pick up on that.”
A tiny Mite, helping disassemble the course and carrying one slalom pole too many, dressed in a retro wig, beard, and disco attire said it best. “Skiing? This is living dude!”
• Contact reporter Klas Stolpe at 523-2263 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.