Despite frigid cold, a variety of ski and snowboard competitions took place this past weekend, and Mount Snow Academy students were out there to compete.
The snowboarders were at Stratton on Sunday for a USASA rail jam. Ben Hojnoski (Westminster, MA) took the gold in the fourteen and over division, making him the series winner and reserving him a spot at Nationals. Bradley Harper (Simsbury, CT) and Emma Nesson (Newton, MA) brought home the silver for men and women, respectively, in the same age division. Chili Graves (Walkersville, MD) took third in the Open division.
The alpine U14 racers went to Magic Mountain to compete in a slalom on Saturday. Ariana Welter (Babylon, NY) and Charlie Coffin (Ridgefield, CT) each brought home a second place finish, and Jenni Hill (South Orange, NJ) came back from a fall in her first run to squeak into tenth place. As a result of their placements so far this season, Welter and Coffin were invited to a U14 Training Day on March 2. This VARA-sponsored opportunity will provide a select group of skiers with a day of head-to-head training, working with various coaches in timed slalom and giant slalom events. Each Vermont council has selected six girls for this training day at Suicide Six, and six boys for a day at Killington. In addition, U16 racers Alex Welter (Babylon, NY) and Trace Beyer (North Salem, NY) have secured their spots at the State Championships.
The MSA Benefit is coming up in a couple of weeks, and new items continue to be added to the live and silent auctions. Benefit participants will now be able to bid on four tickets for a Billy Joel concert, with seating in a luxury suite at Madison Square Garden in New York. Other adventures include a ski vacation in Park City, tickets for professional football and baseball games, a year’s membership to the Hermitage Club, getaways to Cape Cod or the Rhode Island shore or a fishing camp in Maine, or use of an elegant Manhattan apartment. There’ll be lots of other treats to bid on, and an evening of good food and drink, dancing, and fun. The date is Saturday, February 28, 7 pm, at the Mount Snow Ski Club. $75 per person includes an open bar, hors d’ouvres, and great food.