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2021/22 SKI TEAM pre and regular season news, results and discussion (Team scheduled to begin its season 1/2/2022 at the Utah Invitational)


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No big new news from the ski team yet for this coming season, but figured I'd start this now so IT is ready as things spring up.

Just to put various things I/ we do know about now:

1) The biggest news of the off-season was the retirement of long-time and VERY successful Head Coach Richard Rokos (thankfully, he is listed as a Volunteer Assistant in this year's roster). It was obviously a huge hole to fill, but based on anything a fan outside the program can see, the Buffs did as well as anyone could possibly hope for, as the new coach, Andy LeRoy, (His roster page - https://cubuffs.com/sports/skiing/roster/coaches/andy-leroy/3803 ), is a Buff alum, and most recently was head coach at one of the Buff's main rivals, DU, where he coached the Pioneers to 6 team national championships in his 15 year tenure. (I 1st posted about his hiring in this dedicated March thread - https://www.allbuffs.com/threads/andy-leroy-named-head-ski-coach-at-colorado.147592/ .)

2) 1st pre-season press conference, as part of CU's Winter Sports Media Day, with Coach LeRoy can be seen in the below Youtube video-

3) The team had its main annual fundraiser, the Ski Ball, late last week. Some pix from the event-

4) I just noticed the team has a schedule posted already. (Article describing it is available at https://cubuffs.com/news/2021/8/28/skiing-rmisa-releases-2022-ski-schedule.aspx. ) The Buffs are scheduled to be in action beginning Jan. 2, 2022 and going through March 12th:

January 2, 2022 (Sunday)All DayAwayFreestyle SprintsMidway, UtahUtah Invitational
January 6, 2022 (Thursday)All DayAway10/15K Classical (I)Midway, UtahUtah Invitational
January 24, 2022 (Monday)All DayAwayGiant SlalomPark City, UtahUtah Invitational
January 25, 2022 (Tuesday)All DayAwaySlalomPark City, UtahUtah Invitational
January 7, 2022 (Friday)All DayAwayClassic SprintsMidway, UtahRMISA Qualifiers & Exhibition
February 18, 2022 (Friday)All DayNeutralGiant SlalomAspen, Colo.RMISA Qualifiers & Exhibition
February 25, 2022 (Friday)All DayHomeSlalomSteamboat Springs, Colo.RMISA Qualifiers & Exhibition
February 26, 2022 (Saturday)All DayHomeDual SlalomSteamboat Springs, Colo.RMISA Qualifiers & Exhibition
January 15, 2022 (Saturday)All DayNeutral5/10K Freestyle (I)Sun Valley, IdahoMontana State Invitational
January 16, 2022 (Sunday)All DayNeutral10/15K Classical (I)Sun Valley, IdahoMontana State Invitational
January 18, 2022 (Tuesday)All DayNeutralGiant SlalomBozeman, Mont.Montana State Invitational
January 19, 2022 (Wednesday)All DayNeutralSlalomBozeman, Mont.Montana State Invitational
January 20, 2022 (Thursday)All DayNeutralSlalomBozeman, Mont.RMISA Invitational
January 23, 2022 (Sunday)All DayNeutralGiant SlalomPark City, UtahRMISA Invitational
February 5, 2022 (Saturday)All DayNeutral5/10K Classical (I)Fairbanks, AlaskaRMISA Invitational
February 6, 2022 (Sunday)All DayNeutral10K Freestyle (M)Fairbanks, AlaskaRMISA Invitational
February 1, 2022 (Tuesday)All DayNeutral5K Freestyle (T)Fairbanks, AlaskaAlaska Fairbanks Invitational
February 2, 2022 (Wednesday)All DayNeutral10K Classical (P)Fairbanks, AlaskaAlaska Fairbanks Invitational
February 19, 2022 (Saturday)All DayNeutralGiant SlalomAspen, Colo.Denver Invitational
February 20, 2022 (Sunday)All DayNeutralSlalomAspen, Colo.Denver Invitational
February 23, 2022 (Wednesday)All DayHomeGiant SlalomSteamboat Springs, Colo.RMISA Championships
February 24, 2022 (Thursday)All DayHomeSlalomSteamboat Springs, Colo.RMISA Championships
February 25, 2022 (Friday)All DayHome5/10K Classical (I)Steamboat Springs, Colo.RMISA Championships
February 26, 2022 (Saturday)All DayHome15/20K Freestyle (M)Steamboat Springs, Colo.RMISA Championships
March 9, 2022 (Wednesday)All DayAwayGiant SlalomPark City, UtahNCAA Championships
March 10, 2022 (Thursday)All DayAway5/10K Classic (I)Midway, UtahNCAA Championships
March 11, 2022 (Friday)All DayAwaySlalomPark City, UtahNCAA Championships
March 12, 2022 (Saturday)All DayAway15/20K Freestyle (M)Midway, UtahNCAA Championships
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BOULDER – Freshman Magdalena Luczak and would-be sophomore Cass Gray are both in Soelden, Austria, where the 2021-22 World Cup season will commence this weekend with giant slalom races.

Luczak, a true freshman, is making her third start on the World Cup stage, and second in GS. She skied at Spindleruv Mlyn in the Czech Republic in March 2019. For Gray, who's taking this season off from CU to prepare for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, it's her fifth World Cup start with the other four all coming last year, all in GS at Kranjska Gora, Slovakia; Kronplatz, Italy and Jasna, Slovakia. She registered two top 30 finishes in those four races and had nine World Cup points last season.

"Magdalena and Cass are two of the best young skiers in the world," CU coach Andy LeRoy said. "We're excited to watch them get their seasons underway this weekend in Soelden while the rest of the team hits the snow for the first time at Copper Mountain. We're aiming to prove that skiing in college and on the World Cup don't have to be mutually exclusive. Both have aspirations of skiing in Beijing come February and that journey starts this weekend for both of them."

Luczak will be skiing in bib 54 and Gray in bib 66. There are a total of 75 skiers on the start list. Should either move into the top 30 in the first run, they will advance to the second run would earn World Cup points with solid second runs. Both skiers were seeded based on their current FIS points in GS, with Luczak currently holding 19.53 points and Gray 27.03.

The GS races on the Rattenbach Glacier high above Soelden, Sweden, mark the first race of the World Cup season. The first run will take place Saturday at 10 a.m. local time, Central European Time, which is 2 a.m. Mountain Time early Saturday morning. The second run will commence at 1:15 p.m. CET/5:15 a.m. MT.

It appears as if NBC is working hard to come to an agreement with several European rights holders to show World Cup races on the Olympic Channel and Peacock streaming service. As of two days ago, the situation looked bleak, with Geoff Mintz from Ski Racing reporting that no deal had been reached and that new CEO of the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Association Sophie Goldschmidt has been in contact with NBC and working to achieve a positive outcome for this weekend's races in Soelden as well as future races on the calendar. As of Friday morning, the events in Soelden have appeared under "Live & Upcoming" on the Peacock app.

Meanwhile back in Colorado, the remainder of the alpine team will hit the snow for the first time at Copper Mountain this weekend. Copper has facilitated early season training for the U.S. National Team and other local, regional and national racers, including college racers, since 2011. Friday marks the opening day for that in 2021 and the resort expects about 300 athletes to train on the mountain's Copperpolis and Ptarmigan trails.
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Direct link - https://cubuffs.com/news/2021/11/24/skiing-buffs-pre-college-racing-season-underway.aspx

COPPER MOUNTAIN & STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo.– The pre-collegiate racing season is well underway with alpine teams taking part in the first North American Cup races of the 2021-22 season in Copper Mountain while the Nordic teams head to Rabbit Ears pass near Steamboat Springs to get on the snow for the first time this season.


On the alpine side, several current and former CU skiers were at Copper Mountain as the Nor-Am Cup season got underway with two GS and two slalom races for each gender over the past six days.

The next Nor-Am Cup competition is in Lake Louise Dec. 6-10, but will only consist of downhill and Super G races so no current Buffs are scheduled to compete. The next slalom and GS competition on the Nor-Am circuit is in Panorama, Canada, Dec. 12-18, where several Buffs are slated to attend.


On the Nordic side, the Buffs and several college teams normally open the season in West Yellowstone with a week's worth of training followed by the first FIS race of the season. Due to lack of snow, the Buffs and several other teams relocated to Rabbit Ears pass just outside Steamboat Springs. While there is no official FIS race, the teams work together to set up time trails and other training opportunities for those in attendance.

The first FIS races of the season will take place in Duluth, Minn., Dec. 4-5 with a few Buffs slated to compete.


Freshman Magdalena Luczak was forced to skip the World Cup slalom races in Levi last weekend and is next scheduled to compete in two GS races at Mayrhofen, Austria on the European Cup Tour on Nov. 28-29, both races replacing GS races from other venues on the tour. She will stay in Austria for two European Cup slalom races at Pass Thurn on Dec. 2-3.


The 30th Winter World University Games is upon us, slated to take place Dec. 11-21 in Lucern, Switzerland. Coach Richard Rokos will again lead the alpine teams for the United States, a role he has served in many times in the past. Five Buffs are slated to compete at World University Games, an event similar to the Olympic Games for students around the world. Magnus Boee and Fredrik Nilsen are both scheduled to compete in men's Nordic races while Kaitlyn Harsch will compete in women's alpine and Filip Forejtek and Bobby Ryan will compete in men's alpine action at the event.