The Dodge Ridge Race Team Kicks Off the Competition Season at the USSA Far West Central Series Rasmussen Classic Slalom Races

Jeff Hauff Race Team

Over 50  total U8 – U16 racers (ages 15 and under) competed in 2 days of races at Bear Valley this past weekend.

Jan 11, 2016 — PINECREST, Calif. –  The Dodge Ridge Race Team started the 2016 Far West Central Series Ski Race race season this past weekend, January 9 & 10, competing against racers from Bear Valley, China Peak, Kirkwood, Diamond Peak and the Yosemite Winter Club.  The two day Slalom event hosted by Bear Valley kicked off the USSA Far West Central Series with over 60 racers vying for the top position in this first time trial race of the season as the Dodge Ridge Race Team pursues its 6th straight Silver Cup, the annual award for the overall series champion.

 Highlights from the weekend include 1st  place podiums in 5 of the 12 races across all divisions with 21 gold, silver and bronze medals going to the Dodge Ridge Race Team (DRRT).

The U10 (ages 9 and under) girls division was dominated by Maddie Utterback and Nina Smith with Utterback finishing 1st on Saturday and 3rd on Sunday and Smith finishing 2nd on both days.  The U10 boys division was strong as well with Owen Bartholow sweeping the weekend in 1st place and with Dodge’s Bobby Klaje finishing 3rd on Saturday.

Maddie Utterback Maddie Utterback

Owen BartholowOwen Bartholow

For the U12 (age 10 & 11) boys Iain Ferguson won the division on Saturday and finished 3rd on Sunday with DRRT racer Jeremy Rosoff 2nd on both days. In the U12 girls division Sarah Azevedo finished 2nd on Saturday and 3rd on Sunday with Avery Booth 3rd on Saturday.

Iain FergusonIain Ferguson

Dodge Ridge’s U14 (age 12 & 13) division was just as successful with Jensen Perry in 2nd on both days followed by Rylie Booth  in 3rd place on Saturday and Tuesday Law in 3rd on Sunday.  In the U14 boys division, Dodge Ridge’s Evan Lear won on Sunday and he was followed by Ethan Perry in 2nd with Aiden McCarthy finishing in 2nd on Saturday.

Evan LearEvan Lear

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 Rasmussen Classic.  The next USSA Far West Central Series races will be the annual Ryan Lavagnino Classic Giant Slalom event at Dodge Ridge, February 6 and 7.  Races to follow will be at China Peak on February 27 and 28, and finally moving on to the U10-U12 Championships at Alpine Meadows from March 24 to 27 and the U14 Championships at Sugar Bowl, March 31 to April 3. Please visit for details.

Special Thanks to John Law for providing photos from the races.