Buff ski team- 2018/19 news and early results thread (Buff hosted Invitational this Wed.-Sunday)

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  1. AztecBuff

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    Thought I'd started this already, but since I hadn't, it's definitely time now as the ski team is on the eve of starting off its 2018/19 season, with the Nordic team (per the below Instagram) racing this weekend in West Yellowstone. (Note the official Buff schedule (http://www.cubuffs.com/schedule.aspx?path=ski) only shows the (I assume more serious?) races starting in early January.)

    I plan on us using this one thread to report IN ONE PLACE the early and regular season results for the various skiers up til the RMISA Conference races (scheduled to start February 20th), along with any other ski team news that pops up.


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    Article (from way back in August) about the schedule -


    Direct link - https://cubuffs.com/news/2018/8/1/skiing-2019-ski-schedule-includes-cu-hosting-ameet-at-eldora.aspx

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    2019 Ski Schedule Includes CU Hosting A Meet At Eldora

    By: Jason Clay, Associate SID
    Release: August 01, 2018

    Buffs to host their home meet at Eldora (alpine) and Steamboat Springs (Nordic) this winter

    BOULDER — The 2019 ski schedule has been released by the Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Skiing Association (RMISA) and the season will kick off on Jan. 9 at Eldora when the University of Colorado hosts the CU Invitational.

    As the schools across the RMISA rotate in hosting meets each season, CU is back on the hosting block this coming winter after hosting both the RMISA Championships and the NCAA Championships last March in Steamboat Springs. This will be the first regular season meet Colorado has hosted since 2016.

    The CU Invitational will run Jan. 9-11 on the alpine side at Eldora and Jan. 12-13 for the Nordic races, which will be held at Howelsen Hill in Steamboat Springs.
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    2019 RMISA Skiing Schedule
    Jan. 9-13 – Colorado Invitational (Eldora and Steamboat Springs, Colo.)
    Jan. 16-19 – Montana State Invitational (Bridger Bowl and Crosscut, Mont.)
    Feb. 1-2 – New Mexico Invitational (Enchanted Forest and Red River, N.M.)
    Feb. 17-22 – UAA Invite (Kinkaid and Alyeska, Alaska)
    Feb. 20-24 – RMISA Championships (Kinkaid and Alyeska, Alaska)
    March 6-9 – NCAA Championships (Stowe, Vt.)
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    And, a more recent article about the 2018 races-


    Direct link - https://cubuffs.com/news/2018/11/9/skiing-ski-team-update-preseason-competition-approaches.aspx

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    Ski Team Update: Preseason Competition Approaches

    By: Curtis Snyder, Assistant AD/Sports Information
    Release: November 09, 2018

    BOULDER – When the calendar hits November and Ski Ball is over, that usually means one thing for the Colorado Ski Team: Competition is getting closer and snow is in the forecast.

    The dryland training season is coming to a close for the alpine team, which has spent 10 days over the last three weekends on snow for the first time at Copper Mountain. Copper annually opens early for the US Ski Team to train and most of the programs in the RMISA usually take advantage of this fact to get on the snow as early as possible.

    Things are a little different on the Nordic side, where you need more than one hill covered in snow to train on skis. The Nordic team will look to get on snow for the first time in mid-November.
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    The Nordic team will get on snow for the first time over the school's fall break the week of Thanksgiving by heading to West Yellowstone, Mont., where they will get 10 days of training in, with the last for days racing in the Yellowstone Ski Festival from Nov. 20-24, the first races of the preseason.

    A smaller portion of the team will then return to West Yellowstone a week later for the US Ski & Snowboard SuperTour Opener Dec. 1-2. The only other competition for the Nordic team before the start of the collegiate season will be at the US Cross Country Championships in Craftsbury, Vt., on Jan. 3-9. The Nordic collegiate season then opens in Steamboat Springs on January 12-13 in Steamboat Springs.

    In addition to the last three weekends of training at Copper Mountain in which the Buffs got on snow a total of 10 days, the alpine team will now transition to Eldora, its traditional training ground that opened earlier this week, and the Buffs will hit training especially hard the week that school is out for fall break.
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    Several alpine skiers may also participate in NorAm Cup races but the extent of that has not been determined yet. Tommy finished third in the NorAm Cup last year and won the Giant Slalom title. All of the Buffs on the alpine team have competed in a Continental Cup-level race at some point in their careers.
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    Finally, I already noted these in the Olympic Sport Recruiting thread closer to when they were announced, but if anyone wants to read up on the new ski Buffs as the season approaches, there have been a couple articles (the 2nd being about a late addition, the #31 ranked female giant slalom skier in the world) on this year's new additions.


     
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    A couple Nice results at the top pro level by a couple Buffs, one by a new arrival and one by a prior one. Congrats to both!

    1st, incoming (junior for eligibility purposes) Buff (and Canadian) Mikaela Tomey finished 19th today in a World Cup giant slalom race held in Courchevel, France. (Below is the ski team "good luck" Instagram from yesterday. The race, "shockingly", was won by (state of) Colorado's Mikaela Shiffrin, her 49th career World Cup win- not bad for a 23 year old. Full results- https://www.fis-ski.com/DB/general/results.html?sectorcode=AL&raceid=95495.)



    And, per the below, German David Ketterer, who left the Buffs after last season, finished in 18th in the World Cup slalom race held yesterday in Austria. (Full results - https://www.fis-ski.com/DB/general/results.html?sectorcode=AL&raceid=95482 )

     
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    A somewhat rare chance to see the ski team (at least the alpine part) locally starting in a day or two!



    Direct link - https://cubuffs.com/news/2019/1/7/s...-new-dual-slalom-format-friday-at-eldora.aspx

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    ELDORA — The University of Colorado ski team will make history next week when the Buffs introduce a new race format during their annual Colorado Invitational, held concurrently at Eldora and Steamboat Springs (Jan. 9-13).

    For the first time ever in an NCAA competition, a dual slalom event will be contested. Dubbed the "Bob Beattie Derby" in honor of the late legendary Colorado coach, the event will see skiers get four runs in a side-by-side format down a 200-meter course.

    The Dual Slalom will be contested on Friday night at 6 p.m. on Eldora's Chute run, viewable from the Indian Peaks lodge. To amp up excitement for the event, the lodge will be open and serving food and beverages. The CU Ski Team will hold an autograph session at 5 p.m. and CU's mascot Chip will be on hand. Eldora will close at 4 p.m. but the resort is offering entertainment between then and 6 p.m. There will be food and beverages available starting at 4 p.m.

    The event is free, but if fans want to get a day of skiing in ahead of time, Eldora is also offering two deals. For $99, an all-day lift ticket and ticket to a BBQ ill be available and for $79 a half-day ticket and BBQ dinner will be available. Those can be purchased starting at 10 a.m. for full day and 1 p.m. for half day at the Timbers Season Pass Office.

    The event is a prelude to what CU coach Richard Rokos hopes will be the addition of the format to the NCAA Championships, along with the addition of sprints on the Nordic side. Currently, the NCAA meet consists of slalom and giant slalom on the alpine side and two classical and freestyle Nordic competitions.
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    The Colorado Invitational begins Wednesday, Jan. 9, with the giant slalom event at Eldora, followed by another day of giant slalom on Thursday.

    The first dual slalom will be contested Friday, Jan. 11, beginning at 6 p.m. under the Eldora lights, after the regular slalom is held during the day.

    The action shifts to Steamboat on Saturday with the freestyle Nordic events at Howelsen Hill, followed by the classical Nordic competition on Sunday.
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    Facebook page with the schedule, etc. for the dual slalom exhibition -

    Invitational Schedule-
    (Also, per the RMISA (conference) website schedule (http://www.rmisaskiing.com/schedule.php) and as indicated above, there's an RMISA giant slalom qualifier (so not included in the Invitational scoring) on Wednesday the 9th.)
     
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    Another (more full) preview of this week's CU Spencer James Nelson Memorial Invitational, along with an RMISA (Conference) giant slalom qualifier that is today, with the men's competition starting at 8:30 AM, and the women following starting at 12:45 PM. (Portions of the article not quoted below include a preview/ status update of the different (men's and women's alpine and nordic) parts of the team. Still can't find any links to live results for any of the races.)



    Direct link - https://cubuffs.com/news/2019/1/8/skiing-buffs-host-cu-invitational-to-open-2019-season.aspx

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    BOULDER—The University of Colorado ski team and the rest of the schools in the Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association will open the 2019 season this week with the CU Spencer James Nelson Memorial Invitational. The alpine events will take place at Eldora Mountain Resort Wednesday to Friday with Nordic events happening at Howelsen Hill in Steamboat Springs on Saturday and Sunday.

    The Buffs will host an RMISA Alpine Qualifier giant slalom race on Wednesday with the men set to begin and run to completion at 8:30 a.m. followed by the women at 12:45 p.m. Thursday will see another giant slalom race with the women skiing first and the men second, officially opening the team event. Friday morning will see alpine races in the morning and a new event, the dual slalom, on Friday night at 6 p.m. Several events have been scheduled around the night dual slalom races (link to story).

    Saturday the action will turn to Steamboat Springs and Howelsen Hill where the 5K women's and 10K men's freestyle races will take place with an interval start. Sunday will conclude the Invitational with 10K classic mass start races. On both days, races will start at 10 a.m.
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    Also, a tweet with some more summary info on this Friday evening's dual slalom competitions-
     
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    1st- the 1st of 2 women's slalom runs is over half way over. Live timing at https://www.live-timing.com/race2.php?r=191476. Men's runs to follow this afternoon; live timings should be available at https://www.live-timing.com/race2.php?r=191474 come race-time.
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    Reviews from yesterday of yesterday giant slalom races (with the Buffs leaving themselves quite a bit of work to do) -


    Direct link - https://cubuffs.com/news/2019/1/10/skiing-buffs-open-in-fifth-place-at-own-invitational.aspx

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    By: Curtis Snyder, Assistant AD/Sports Information

    NEDERLAND, Colo.—The University of Colorado ski team sits in fifth place at the CU Spencer James Nelson Memorial Invitational after the giant slalom races here at Eldora Mountain Resort on Thursday.

    While the Buffs improved from yesterday's races that saw just four of 11 skiers finish (all 10 skiers finished both runs Thursday), the results still aren't quite what coach Richard Rokos expects from the Buffs.

    "Coaches are agonizing over it, the athletes are puzzled," Rokos said. "The bottom line is this is our hill and we always expect a certain home advantage. It turned against us. Today was better than yesterday; from where we are we can't get any worse."

    Four Buffs did record four top 11 finishes; freshman Stef Fleckenstein on the women's side and sophomore Joey Young and freshman Teddy Takki on the men's side each got in the top 10 while senior Max Luukko was just outside in 11th place in the men's race.
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    NEXT UP: The third day of alpine skiing will be the busiest at Eldora on Friday with men's and women's slalom races starting at 8:30 a.m. and skiers staying to race a dual slalom exhibition at 6 p.m. Many festivities are planned for the dual slalom including a live band from 4-6 p.m., food and beverages will be available and CU's costumed mascot Chip will be in attendance.

    SPENCER JAMES NELSON MEMORIAL INVITATIONAL TEAM RESULTS (through 2 of 8 events)—1. Denver 169; 2. Utah 159; 3. Montana State 130; 4. New Mexico 126; 5. Colorado 119; 6. Alaska Anchorage 117; 7. Westminster 77; 8. Colorado Mountain 28.
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    NEDERLAND, Colo.—Senior Nora Christensen finished fifth and the University of Colorado ski team moved up one spot to fourth after the women's slalom race here Friday at Eldora Mountain Resort.

    The women's slalom race ran to completion but the men's slalom race was postponed due to poor racing conditions. The make-up men's slalom will take place January 19 at Bridger Bowl in Bozeman, Mont., after the conclusion of the Montana State Invitational.
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    UP NEXT: The Buffs host a dual slalom race Friday night at Eldora, an exhibition that will not count toward the team scoring. The Nordic teams now take center stage in Steamboat Springs, kicking off their season Saturday with freestyle races followed by Classic races on Sunday. Teams will then head to Montana for the MSU Invitational with racing starting Wednesday with an RMISA Qualifier and concluding Saturday with the make-up of today's men's slalom race.

    SPENCER JAMES NELSON MEMORIAL INVITATIONAL TEAM RESULTS (through 3 of 8 events)—1. Denver 271; 2. Utah 241; 3. Montana State 186; 4. Colorado 178; 5. New Mexico 169; 6. Alaska Anchorage 158; 7. Westminster 138; 8. Colorado Mountain 38.
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    Looks like a solid performance by the women's Nordic squad, as their top 3 finishers are currently showing in 3rd, 8th and 10th, with just some lower seeded skiers left to finish in thier interval start race. Looks like Utah will get the race win, but the Buffs should finish a few points ahead of DU to snag 2nd in this race points-wise.

    The Buffs should also easily move up to 3rd overall, as they finished quite a bit ahead overall in this race compared to the teams just ahead (Montana State) and behind (New Mexico) heading into today.
     
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    Keep it up tomorrow Nordic Buffs!



    Direct link -
    https://cubuffs.com/news/2019/1/12/skiing-buffs-move-into-third-place-at-own-invitational.aspx

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    By: Curtis Snyder, Assistant AD/Sports Information
    Release: January 12, 2019


    STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo.—Sophomore Hedda Baangman hit the podium and six Buffs finished in the top 10, propelling the University of Colorado ski team to third place through five of eight events at the CU Spencer James Nelson Memorial Invitational Saturday after the 5K women's and 10k men's freestyle races here at Howelsen Hill.

    While the women were led by veteran skiers Baangman, junior Anne Siri Lervik and senior Christina Rolandsen, all with proven results, the men were led by newcomers Erik Dengerud and Wyatt Gebhardt, who is a native of Steamboat Springs, along with sophomore Sondre Bollum. Those six constituted the top 10 finishes for the Buffs.
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    WHAT IT MEANS: Having three skiers in the top 10 is the goal of any Nordic team in terms of scoring team points and the Buffs were the only team to accomplish that feat in both races, but if you ask the skiers they believe they can and will get even better. The Buffs could be stronger in classic this season so look for the Buffs to move up even higher in the standings both for Sunday's races and then the rest of the season as the squad reacclimates to altitude.
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    Saturday was the first race that Jana Weinberger served as head Nordic coach after spending 15 years as the assistant Nordic coach.

    QUOTEWORTHY:
    Nordic Coach Jana Weinberger:
    "It wasn't that much different (as a head coach). The women did really well I think, the guys I think they wanted to do better. I think Christina and Anne SIri were struggling a little bit coming from sea level, they went out a little slow. I think if they had gone out strong they could've contended for a top five."

    "Wyatt is doing pretty well at altitude, I think he struggled a little bit at sea level, but he's from Steamboat, home course, he was in his element. Eric had a tough fall, he got sick a couple of times. He went home, then didn't go to US Nationals. Now it looks like he's coming back pretty well. Alvar needs to get back to his normal shape, but we're looking pretty deep on the men's side."

    Christina Rolandsen: "It's been super busy. We all came back from winter breaks on New Year's basically and then we went straight to Vermont and did four races at Craftsbury. We got back to Boulder Wednesday and then we drove out here Thursday. We got home, cleaned our clothes, packed again and came here to do more races."

    "We have different strengths all of us, and we should be strong in skate, too. It's difficult coming from Craftsbury and we've all been at sea leavl for a while and coming up here. It's a little different racing, to feel each other out and feel how we can ski at this level. A lot of us want to be better, but right now we shouldn't expect anything else, we've been traveling a lot and there are a lot of really good skiers, but I think we did a good job."

    UP NEXT: The Buffs will conclude Nordic action at the CU Invitational with the classic races Sunday. Both men and women will have mass start races at 10K in length. The teams will then head to Montana State next weekend for the MSU Invitational.

    SPENCER JAMES NELSON MEMORIAL INVITATIONAL TEAM RESULTS (through 5 of 8 events)—1. Utah 410; 2. Denver 400; 3. Colorado 330.5; 4. Alaska Anchorage 305; 5. Montana State 285; 6. New Mexico 270.5; 7. Westminster 138; 8. Alaska Fairbanks 100; 9. Wyoming 51; 10. Colorado Mountain 38.
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    Full results - https://cubuffs.com/documents/2019/1/12//2019_CU_Invitational_Day_4.pdf
     
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    Great to see the alpine skiers come back strong in Montana!



     
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