Pictured above are a group of Ski & Snowboard Club Vail athletes at the Council Cup held at Ski Cooper on March 3, 4 and 5.

Ski Cooper played host to the United States Ski and Snowboard Association sanctioned Council Cup on March 3 through March 5.  This event provided Rocky Mountain Division alpine ski racers birth years 2000 through 2003 the opportunity to compete in two Super G, two Slalom and two Giant Slalom races.

Council Cup provides a festive atmosphere for young racers who have not qualified for their regional championship event to compete head to head against each other.  Alpine athletes birth years 2002 and 2003 saw this occasion as their last opportunity to earn a spot to compete at the Rocky/Central U14 Junior Championships to be held in Winter Park later this month, while competitors with 2000 and 2001 birth years vied for a spot in the U16 Rocky/Central Junior Championships in Vail later this month.

Ski & Snowboard Club Vail’s head U14 Coach Terry DelliQuadri spoke of the importance of Ski Cooper’s Council Cup sharing, “The Council Cup is a traditional Championship event for the Rocky Mountain Division of USSA.  The three final quota spots in each age group for the U14 and U16 regional championships are awarded out of the event.  It is a great event to see kids charging on the slopes.”

Karen Ghent, Ski & Snowboard Club Vail Alpine Program Director, shared, “It was really exciting to see the athletes so focused and competitive.  The determination, effort and team camaraderie displayed by our athletes through three full days of racing is what being part of a competitive snow sport is all about.”

At Council Cup, Ski & Snowboard Club Vail qualified four athletes from birth years 2002 and 2003 out of the six quota spots available to the Rocky/Central U14 Junior Championships:  Madelyn Wehner, Dominick Epifanio, Trey Kelsey and Henry Strauch

Top three results and all Ski & Snowboard Club Vail athlete results are available by clicking here.  For a complete list of results go to www.live-timing.com.