Race Team / Devo Team

Ava Law (L) and Varun Suklikar (R)

Ava Law and Varun Suklikar

Dodge Ridge Race Team Delivers a Commanding Performance at the USSA Far West Central Series Rassmusen Classic Slalom and Giant Slalom Race

Sixty-four total U8 – U14 racers (ages 13 and under) got the USSA Far West Central Series Junior Race Season underway at Bear Valley this past weekend.

Jan 13, 2015 — PINECREST, Calif. –  The Dodge Ridge Race Team took a commanding position this past weekend, January 10 & 11, winning the first Far West Central Series Ski Race of the 2015 season against teams from Bear Valley, China Peak, and Yosemite Winter Club.  The two day Slalom and Giant Slalom event hosted by Bear Valley kicked off the USSA Far West Central Series with anxious racers vying for the top position in this first time trial race of the season.
Highlights from the weekend include 1st  place podiums in 5 of the 12 races across all divisions with 24 of 36 medals awarded going to the Dodge Ridge Race Team (DRRT).
The U10 (ages 9 and under) girls division was dominated by Meara McCarthy and Avery Booth with Booth finishing 1st  on Saturday and 2nd on Sunday and McCarthy finishing 3rd both days with fellow teammate Sarah Azevedo taking 2nd place on Saturday. The U10 boys division was strong as well with Owen Bartholow picking up a 2nd  place finish with Tej Suklikar in 3rd  on Saturday. On Sunday the two racers swapped positions with Suklikar in 2nd and Bartholow 3rd.
For the U12 (age 10 & 11) boys Evan Lear dominated the weekend with a 2nd place on Saturday and a win on Sunday with DRRT racer Ian Fergunson in 3rd on Saturday. Lear recorded the fastest single run of the weekend on Saturday and had the fastest overall combined time on Sunday. In the U12 girls division Victoria Gast finished 3rd on Saturday and Rylie Booth earned the 3rd spot on the podium on Sunday.
Dodge Ridge’s U14 (age 12 & 13) division was just as successful with Ava Law in 2nd on Saturday and 1st place on Sunday followed by Jensen Perry in 3rd place on both days.  In the U14 boys division, Dodge Ridge’s Varun Suklikar won on both days and he was followed by Ethan Perry in 2nd on Saturday and 3rd on Sunday with Stash Perry in 2nd on Sunday.  In addition, Ava Law and Varun Suklikar received special recognition on Sunday for having the fastest male and female combined times for the entire weekend.
Congratulations to all of the competitors from this past weekend whose team spirit and commitment continually pushes the sport of ski racing in a positive direction. A big thank you also goes out to Bear Valley for preparing the race course for the Rassmusen Classic.  The next USSA Far West Central Series races will be held at Dodge Ridge, February 7 & 8 as they host the annual Ryan Lavagnino Classic Giant Slalom event.  Races to follow will be at China Peak on February 28 and March 1, Yosemite/Badger Pass on March 14 & 15, and finally moving on to the U14 Championships at Squaw Valley on March 26-29  and the U10/U12 Championships at Northstar April 4-7.
Special Thanks to John Law for providing photos from the races.

Varun Suklikar

 Varun Suklikar

Evan Lear

Evan Lear

Avery Booth

Avery Booth

Ava Law

Ava Law

For more information about the Race Team call us at  (209) 965-3474.

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Sally Harms

 Race Team / Devo Team Schedule & Team Handbook

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Race Team

Racers train each weekend with the goal of competing against other Central Series Race Teams in their age category, U-8 (6-7 years old), U-10 (8 – 9 years old), U-12 (10 – 11 years old) and U-14 (12 – 13 years old). Central Series races consist of four, 2-day races and a state wide 4-day championship in late March for U14′s and in early April for U10 & U12′s. Bear Valley hosts a SL race in January; Dodge Ridge a GS race in February; China Peak a SG/GS race in early March and Badger Pass a SL race mid-March. The Championships are held in late March and early April at Squaw Valley and Northstar. Training is held on weekends and holiday periods with a holiday camp between Christmas and New Years. Training every weekend and competition in races is not mandatory but is highly recommended to maximize your child’s racing and team experience. Helmets are mandatory and a USSA/Far West membership license is required to compete in races. Training begins at 8:30am and concludes at 2:30pm with an hour lunch break.
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Devo Team

  • Includes: Unrestricted 2014/15 Youth Season Pass and all training days.
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When your child is ready to graduate from our Kids Club program, the Dodge Ridge Development Team is the next step. This program is designed to enhance your child’s inherent love of skiing with season long coaching. The team begins after Christmas and meets weekends and holidays for fun filled days of skiing together. All participants are asked to have accomplished all “red level”/level 5 classes or can pass a skill evaluation which will be held on the first day of training. Training will focus on skill and balance development, exploring new terrain and conditions, introduction to gate training and mountain etiquette. Our goal is to ensure your kids have a great time while developing new skills and a love for the sport. Training every weekend is not mandatory but highly recommended to maximize your child’s team experience. Training begins at 9:00am and concludes at 2:00pm with an hour lunch break. Parents are required to pick their children up for the lunch break. USSA memberships is not required. Helmets required.
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Highlights from the Dodge Ridge Race Team’s 2012/13 Season

Congratulations to the Dodge Ridge Race Team on winning the Silver Cup for the 4th consecutive Season!

The Dodge Ridge Race Team continues their winning tradition for the 2014/15 Season,  as they train to bring home the USSA Far West Central Series Silver Cup for another year.

Dodge Ridge Race Team Philosophy

The Dodge Ridge Race Team focus is to develop our athletes with the intention of building a strong race program. Coaches will train racers to compete successfully on all snow conditions and on all terrain. Our coaching staff believes racers will develop strong racing skills by free skiing, drills; terrain based skiing and gate training. Our goal is to develop athletes with a strong skiing ability, which will be used and enjoyed for a lifetime.


Bobby Rapp Memorial Ski Race Scholarship

As a lifelong skier at Dodge Ridge and an 8-year member of the Dodge Ridge Race Team, Sgt. Rapp was born and raised in Sonora, CA before he was killed serving his country in Afghanistan in 2008. Dodge Ridge is honored to be able to offer this race team scholarship fund made possible by the money he left to support Dodge Ridge ski racing. ((Click Here)) to download and fill out the scholarship appplication.

Try Out Process
Try outs will be held for all teams on the first day of training. During this process, coaches will evaluate the basic skiing skills of the athletes to ensure that they are within the range of the group. If required, changes to the child’s enrollment can be made after this review, options will be discussed with parents on an individual basis.

The most important goal of the Dodge Ridge Race Team Coaches is to help the racers develop socially, mentally and physically. The coaches will take a positive approach and strive to establish an optimum training environment. Training will included a variety of training methods and conditions. Combinations of free skiing, practice drills and gate training will be used by the coaches throughout the season in a way to best suit the development of each team, age group and skill level. Come prepared wearing your uniform, your personal protective equipment, your ski equipment in top condition, and your season pass. Helmets are required.

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