CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine— With two inches of new snow on the course and low visibility, racers battled challenging conditions on Saturday during the first day of competition in the U.S. Alpine Championships at Sugarloaf.
Ryan Cochran-Siegle of Stocksboro, Vermont, earned the men’s national title with a time of 1 minute, 19.66 seconds. His effort was only 0.26 seconds better than teammate Jarred Goldberg of Holladay, Utah (1:19.92) and Travis Ganong of Squaw Valley, California (1:20.10).
Maine’s own Sam Morse finished first for the Juniors and fourth overall with a time of 1:20.22. A total of 73 skiers started the Super-G.
Laurenne Ross of Bend, Oregon, claimed top honors and her second women’s national Super-G title by a mere five-hundredths of a second with a time of 1 minute, 21.44 seconds. She edged teammate Stacey Cook of Mammouth Lakes, California, and Megan McJames of Park City, Utah, who tied for second place at 1:22.49.
On Sunday, U.S. Ski Team members Resi Stiegler of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and AJ Ginnis of Vouliagmen, Greece, took home national titles in the slalom.
The veteran Stiegler left little doubt on the women’s side, topping the women’s field by nearly a second overall with a combined time of 1:39.68. Sher took home the second national slalom title of her career, having previously won in 2007.
Canadian Roni Remme, finished in second with a combined time of 1:40.60 and took home the junior national title. Lila Lapanja of Incline Village, Nevada, rounded out the top three with a combined time of 1:40.93.
The men’s race came down to the wire, with Ginnis narrowly edging defending national slalom champion and World Cup competitor David Chodounsky by just .15 seconds with a combined time of 1:35.75.
The national title was a first for Ginnis, who finished second in slalom the last time the U.S. Alpine Championships were at Sugarloaf in 2015.
Chodounsky, who hails from Crested Butte, Colorado, finished with a combined time of 1:35.90. Michael Ankeny of Deephaven, Minnesota rounded out the top three on the men’s side with a time of 1:36.63.
Crowd favorite Sam Morse of Carrabassett Valley finished the day in 17th overall, with a combined time of 1:39.73.
As the country’s most prestigious domestic alpine ski racing event, the US Alpine Championships give up-and-coming athletes looking to advance their position on the U.S. Ski Team a chance to face off against A-Team stars.
This year marks the second time in the last three years that Sugarloaf has hosted the Championships. The resort previously hosted the events in 1996, 1997, 2006, 2008, and 2015.
As the most prestigious domestic Alpine ski racing event, the U.S. Alpine Championships give up-and-coming athletes looking to advance their position on the U.S. Ski Team a chance to face off against some of the nation’s top skiers.
This year marks the second time in the last three years that Sugarloaf has hosted the competition. The resort previously hosted the events in 1996, 1997, 2006, 2008, and 2015.
Racing resumes at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, with the women’s and men’s giant slalom.