Over 100 total U10 – U14 racers competed in the last race before the Championships
March 18, 2015 — PINECREST, Calif. – This past weekend, March 14th & 15th, the Dodge Ridge Race Team traveled back to Bear Valley for the 3rd and final race of the 2015 USSA Far West Central Series Season. Competitors from China Peak, Badger Pass, Bear Valley and Dodge Ridge all vied for the top spot as the Dodge Ridge Race Team’s strong results secured the overall Central Series team championship and brings the Silver Cup home again for the 5th straight year.
Racing started early on Saturday morning with firm conditions under partly cloudy skies creating a challenging, but fair course despite the spring-like weather. Evan Lear of the Dodge Ridge Race Team (DRRT) earned another win in the U-12 boy division and for the U-10 boys DRRT’s Skyler Kivley finished 2nd followed closely by teammate Owen Bartholow in 3rd. Dodge Ridge racers swept the U-14 boys race with Stash Perry in 1st, Ethan Perry 2nd and Aidan McCarthy 3rd. On Saturday the DRRT girls had a solid day on the race course with Sarah Azevedo in 2nd and Meara McCarthy 3rd in the U-10 group and U-12 skier Rylie Booth in 3rd. For the U-14 girls Ava Law finished 2nd followed by Melody Osterholm in 3rd to round out a successful first day of slalom racing for the DRRT at Bear Valley.
On Sunday Dodge Ridge Race Team skiers once again swept the U-14 boys class with Varun Suklikar in 1st, followed by Ethan Perry in 2nd and Aidan Ferguson in 3rd. For the DRRT U-14 girls Ava Law finished 2nd with Perry Jensen in the 3rd spot. Dodge’s Avery Booth was 2nd for the U-10 girls with teammate Sarah Azevedo in 3rd. DRRT’s Owen Bartholow improved one spot to finish in 2nd on Sunday for the U-10 boys with Skyler Kivley on the podium in 3rd. The pattern of 2nd and 3rd place finishes continued for Dodge racers in the U-12 class with Alexis Ghiglieri in 2nd and Victoria Gast 3rd for the girls with Evan Lear 2nd and Iain Ferguson 3rd for the boys.
Sunday’s strong overall results proved to be just what the Dodge Ridge Race Team needed to retain the Silver Cup at Dodge Ridge for the 5th year in a row despite a season of challenging snow conditions. Next the top racers move on to the USSA Far West Championships at Squaw Valley, March 26th to the 29th, for the U-14 racers and April 4th to the 7th at Mammoth Mountain for the U-10 and U-12 age groups. The entire Dodge Ridge community wishes the DRRT Silver Cup Champions the best of luck as they take their ski racing season to the next level of USSA competition.
Special Thanks to John Law for providing photos from the races.