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Super Tour

The top Nordic racers in the nation are competing in Super Tour Finals at Craftsbury, Vermont, March 23-31. Organizers are making the most of a serious lack of snow. Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation Gold Team member Simi Hamilton won the men's 3.2k prologue, 6.6 seconds ahead of runner-up Sylvan Ellefson. Mikey Sinnott was sixth overall. Also, 44-Cole Morgan, 55-Kevin Bolger, 91-Zach Lindahl, 100-Ketchum Wilt, 101-Jake Adicoff. Chelsea Holmes led the women's charge, placing 11th in the women's 3.2k prologue. Morgan Arritola was 20th, Alexa Turzian 22nd, Margaret Pope 38th and Jesse Knori 39th.

In classic racing, Holmes was 13th, Turzian 28th, Knori 47th and Pope 60th. Hamilton skied to fourth place in the men's 14.4k classic, followed by Sinnott in 10th, Bolger 43rd, Morgan 68th, Lindahl 86th, Wilt 96th and Adicoff 100th.

In sprints on Tuesday, Hamilton was second to Ellefson. Sinnott placed tenth overall and sixth in his class. Morgan was runner-up in the J1 class and 36th overall.

Chelsea Holmes cranked up her motor and was third in the women's Hill Climb Wednesday and is currently ninth in the overall standings. Turzian finished 15th (21st overall). Pope was the second-fastest junior and 27th overall.

Hamilton finished fifth in the Hill Climb. Sinnott was 26th, Morgan 36th, Bolger 37th, Wilt 73rd, Adicoff 77th, Lindahl 78th. Distance races will be staged next.

On Friday, Holmes skied to fifth place in the women's 30k race, clocking in at 1:23.23. Turizian was 10th overall in 1:24.20. Popewas runner up on the J1 15k by 40.8 seconds. Her time was 44:19.

Hamilton was also fifth in the men's 50k race. His time of 1:51.40 was 1:14.2 off the winning pace of U.S. Ski Team member Kris Freeman. Sinnott was 20th overall in 1:56.02. Bolger won the OJ boys' class and finished 36th overall in 2:01.33. Morgan was the fastest J1 and 39th overall in 2:03.04.


FIS races

SVSEF Gold Team members Chelsea Holmes and Matt Gelso were among the top American finishers in FIS Alpen Cup races at Rogla, Slovenia. Holmes was the fastest Yank in Saturday's 5k skate, finishing 10th overall in 12:46. She was the second-best American in 12th-place in a 15k classic crossing the line in 45:04. Matt Gelso led the USA charge in 21st place overall in Saturday's 10k skate. Gelso placed 27th in a 30k classic Sunday. The pair will compete in Toblach, Italy this weekend.


FIS Marathon Cup

SVSEF Gold Team member Morgan Arritola was the second American and 17th overall in the 42 kilometer Engadin Ski Marathon at St. Moritz, Switzerland. Arritola's time was 1:42.01. Nicole DeYong was 25th overall in 1:45.33. The Gold Team will convene in Craftsbury, Vermont, for the Super Tour Finals, March 24-30.


USSA Junior Nationals

Monday marked the opening day of competition at the 2012 USSA Cross Country Nationals at Soldier Hollow, Utah. In a 1.3 classic sprint, eight SVSEF racers finished in the top 30 to make the quarterfinal heats, including Nate Thomas, Kelsey Dickinson, Jack Steele, Kevin Bolger, Cole Morgan, Maggie Williams, Sloan Storey and Jesse Knori. Bolger, Morgan, Storey and Knori advanced to the semifinals. Competing in the FJ1 women's final, Knori was the silver medalist. Morgan claimed the bronze medal in the boys' MJ1 division. Storey won the B Final in the FJ1 class. Bolger was runner-up in the MOJ B Bracket final.


Devo Triathlon

The Cross Country Devo Teams wrapped up their season on Sunday with the annual Devo Triathlon and Year End BBQ. The skiers from both the Lake Creek and Quigley Devo teams participated in 3 events at Lake Creek on Sunday 3/4; a short skate sprint, an obstacle course, and a flying downhill race.  Results from the day of fun are attached.  Following the races families, coaches and skiers gathered for awards and a BBQ which was highlighted by a ‘flash-mob’ dance by the Quigley Devo Team!  End of the season awards were given out by the coaches to skiers from both programs.   Award winners are listed below.  It was a great event and a great season; the coaches from both Devo programs would like to thank the skiers and parents for a fantastic ski season and we can’t wait until next year -- Kelley Sinnott.

Results - Click HERE

Quigley Awards: 

Team Spirit Boy – Luke Dean

Team Spirit Girl- Eva Grover  

Coaches Award Boy- Alex Shafer

Coaches Award Girl – Lily Brunelle   

Most improved Boy- Conner Campbell

Most Improved Girl - Anja Jensen

Lake Creek Awards: 

Team Spirit Boy – Jake Gorham

Team Spirit Girl- Logan Smith  

Coaches Award Boy – Joe Hall

Coaches Award Girl – Chloe Tanous

Most Improved Boy – Alexander Guylay

Most Improved Girl – Sasha Leidecker


Western States Youth Ski Festival

The Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation won the overall team title at the Western States Youth Ski Festival hosted by the Bridger Ski Foundation in Bozeman, Montana.

Coaches Kelley Sinnott and Abbie Harris took 30 racers to the three-day competition which featured skate and classic races, an obstacle course and flying downhill.

First place finishers were Logan Smith, Derek Thompson, Peter Wolter, Kate Horowitz, Lily Brunelle, Galena Hansen, Felix Gerlach, Eva Grover and Zach Williams.

For complete results, please see


JNQ Races at McCall

The junior squad headed off to their final Intermountain Junior National Qualifying races held at Jug Mountain Ranch in McCall, Idaho. The conditions varied from pretty good for Saturday's skate race to very challenging for the mass start classic races on Sunday. The weather was wet and warm for most of the weekend and the course offered a mix of challenging climbs and technical downhills with corners that demanded a high degree of courage and skill and sometimes a little luck - Rick Kapala

Race results

Women (Skate/Classic)

J1: Margaret Pope (2/8); Jesse Knori (3/2); Maggie Williams (4/1); Maranda Stopol (6/7); Kaitlyn Landis (10/12); Sarah Williams (14/16). J2: Annika Landis (5/4); Katie Feldman (11/14); Haley Montgomery (13/13); Maddy Watts (14/9); Grace Gorham (17/17); Cheyanne Stopol (23/23). J3: Sarah Verst (3/5). OJ: Kelsey Dickinson (NR/2); Morgan Atkinson (NR/3).

Men (Skate/Classic)

J1: Ketchum Wilt (8/7); Zach Lindahl (12/1); Andrew Graves (13/11); Stephen Pfeiffer (14/3); Jake Adicoff (20/18); Ty Reinemann (NR/21). J2: Nate Thomas (5/7); Nathan Nasvik (6/10); Drew Morse (14/11); Tom Gillespie (20/NR). J3: Jacob Truxal (4/6). OJ: Gray Reidinger (1/); Evan Martell (2/2); Jack Steele (3/1), Guhnar Ohlson (NR/6).


Super Tour

Sun Valley Gold Team members distinguished themselves in Super Tour cross country races at Aspen, Colorado. Matt Gelso won the men's 10k classic in 29:10. Chelsea Holmes was first across the line in the women's 5k classic, winning in 16:33. Alexa Turzian was fourth in 17:41.

In the famed Owl Creek Chase, the largest nordic race in Colorado, Morgan Arriotola won the women's 20k skate by more than four minutes, clocking in a 1:04.04. Holmes (1:08.52) was third and Turzian (1:10.42) fourth. Gelso was second to Leif Zimmerman in the men's race in 59:47.


Boulder Mountain Tour

Sun Valley Gold Team members turned in solid performances at the 37th annual Boulder Mountain Tour, held in memory Rob Kiesel, who founded the SVSEF Cross Country Ski Team in 1972. Morgan Arritola skied to second in the women's class and 21st overall (1:18.14 over a 19.8 mile course). Chelsea Holmes was the third woman and 22nd overall in 1:18.15. Matt Gelso finished fifth in 1:13.53, and SVSEF post-grad Kevin Bolger was an impressive tenth overall in 1:15.39. Coach Chris Mallory was 28th and Nicole DeYoung 32nd. SVSEF comp team member Kaitlyn Landis won her age class (14-17), as did Alexa Turzian (18-24) and Arritola (25-29). Board member Muffy Ritz was third in her class. With 10 skiers in the top 55 (six SVSEF racers), Idaho won the Team Challenge with a composite time of 13:03. SVSEF skiers will compete in the final set of JNQ races this weekend at McCall, Idaho.