VAIL — Ski & Snowboard Club Vail alpine athletes received an opportunity to compete on their home track Friday and Saturday, Dec. 15 and 16, after a pair of Sync Cup slalom races were moved from Winter Park to the Golden Peak venue due to a lack of snow at the Front Range resort.

The Sync Cup is a regional U.S. Ski and Snowboard-level event that typically features athletes in the under-16 age group; however, SSCV was able to race a number of its FIS-level athletes, which provided an improved points opportunity for the younger racers.

“We are still in a building block,” said U16 coach Michael Fairbrother. “We are still in a volume phase. We haven’t had as much training due to the weather as we would have liked ahead of these races. This was really our first chance to see how we are stacking up in the division.”

The highlight of the races was the performance by SSCV athlete Carissa Cassidy who won the girls’ event both days, on Saturday by a whopping 3.32-second margin. She was followed both days by SSCV’s Berit Frischholz in the second position. Loveland’s Dasha Romanov and Aspen’s Allyson Cornelius rounded out the podium on Friday and Saturday, respectively. Other notable local performances included Ava Jemison, Sophia Lehmann, Adalie Sullivan and Taylor Hoyt, all of whom earned top 10s.