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Program Highlights

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Alpine

Jordan Simon, photo credit Tania Coffey

For the first time in over a decade, SSWSC won the Colorado Ski Cup team standings, earning the most points in the region at FIS races during the season. The FIS group (Team Viper) showed great depth in talent. In fact, SSWSC was tied as the top club in the country for named skiers to the U.S. Ski Team’s Elite Development Pool. Noah Riemenschneider punctuated another strong season with a silver medal in the slalom at the US Junior National Championships, while Nick Unkovskoy was the top U18 in the GS at the event. Unkovskoy was one of more than a handful of teammates who earned their first-ever FIS wins during the season, a list that included first-year FIS racers Cooper Puckett and Riley Grosdidier and long-time veterans like Sequoia Anstine. U16 racer Tatum Grosdidier qualified as one of six athletes to represent the U.S. at the prestigious Alpe Cimbra Children’s Cup in Italy, recognized as the highest level international children’s event, and she was the top American placing sixth in the GS among a field stacked with the world’s best athletes her age. Grosdidier won the overall standings at the U16 Regional Championships with seven SSWSC racers finishing in the top 15 overall, and Nick DeMarco grabbed the Super G title. SSWSC qualified its largest team in recent memory to the U14 Championships, held in Steamboat, where Abby Olson led the way with two podium finishes. Alumnus Jett Seymour collected a NorAm win in parallel slalom en route to qualifying again for the 2020-21 U.S. Ski Team and earning World Cup start rights for all of next season. The year was capped off with U16 Head Coach Ben Brown being selected as U.S. Ski & Snowboard’s Alpine Domestic Coach of the Year - the first time in 30 years that an SSWSC coach has received this honor. It was also a big year for college team placement, with SSWSC racers moving on to join the NCAA ski teams at the University of Denver, University of Colorado, Colby, Bates, and Harvard, as well as several USCSA teams. Throughout the season, the alpine teams exemplified the SSWSC core value of INTEGRITY, earning praise from race organizers, ski area personnel, hotel staff and from athletes and coaches of other clubs for their noticeable sportsmanship and team culture.