VAIL, Colo. March 27, 2021 – Over 100 alpine skiers from around the region headed to Winter Park this week to take part in the Colorado Devo Ski Cup Rocky Mountain Division’s FIS Devo Championships. At the end of four grueling days of battling it out on the slopes, Ski & Snowboard Club Vail men and women finessed three event wins and 24 of the top ten spots overall.
The women kicked off the competition with back-to-back giant slalom races on March 22. SSCV’s Gabriella Holm sped down the steep course with consistency, taking ninth in her first race and landing just outside the podium in fourth in her second. SSCV teammate Natasha Stocker also soared up the ranks in the second race, going from 25th to ninth. When the men took to the hill the next morning, Jack Reich took the win and another Holm – this time Fletcher – scored a second-place finish in the first race. They were followed by SSCV and NCAA athletes Colbey Derwin and Tucker Strauch in sixth and seventh, respectively, and Nick Kirwood tied for ninth. In the second race, Fletcher landed in fourth, Derwin in fifth, Kirwood in eighth, and Reich in ninth.
On Wednesday, March 24, the women went edge-to-edge in two slalom races on the lower Hughes course. After two runs, SSCV’s Samantha Trudeau claimed fifth and teammate Cleo Braun took up sixth in their first race of the day. The second race saw Braun step up to the podium in third, while teammates Gabriella Holm, Tianna Bruce, and Helenka Ostaszewski grabbed fifth, seventh, and eighth. On the final day of competition, Derwin maneuvered through the difficult course with ease, flying through the gates and taking the win in both races. His teammates, Strauch and Holm took up eighth and tenth in the first race, then fifth and eighth in the second.
A complete list of results is available at https://www.fis-ski.com/ .
Photo: Jack Reich pictured at an earlier race this season took a win at the Rocky Mountain Division Devo Championships earlier this week.