Slope sports slide into end of season

The ski and snowboard seasons are nearing their end with their final competitions and state championship in the coming month. It has been a successful season for both teams, and as of Feb. 20,  the girls ski team is ranked fourth in state, and the Boy’s ski team is ranked fifth in the state. According to Senior Nick Surina, their ranking is based on the “six league races and the varsity kids get points for their placement in the league races.”

In order to advance past the highly competitive league, according to Surina, “they take the top four teams, and they take the top four individuals not from those teams.” Currently, the girls team is qualified for state and the boys team is right on the outside looking in.

However, senior Simon Wagner has qualified for state because he is third fastest skiier that is not on a team qualified for state. Wagner reflects on how he qualified for state and said, “Because I had to qualify as an individual I had to do well in all of my races.”

The state competition for ski will be held at Mt. Ashland in southern Oregon. Wagner is exicted for the competition, but he notes that he is “unfamiliar with the terrain” because “we’re used to SkiBowl.”

The snowboarding team is also having a successful season.  According to Sophomore Sasha Fefelova, “Josh [Lucas] got first in almost every event. I got a medal in every event.” One challenge that the snowboarding team has according to Fefelova is inexperience. “We had a lot of beginners who have never snowboarded before, but now they can make it down blue runs.” Despite this challenge, the team still has strong aspirations for their coming competitions.