SUMMIT COUNTY, Colo. — Grif Briley, Ethan Romer, and Wes Perkins, members of the Park City Ski Mountaineering (Skimo) U18 national team swept the podium at a competition in Arapahoe Basin (A Basin), Colorado over the weekend and Sam Kirschner, whose on the U14 national team, snagged a respective podium spot as well.
Along with Utah and Colorado, the competing teams represented Western states including Montana and Wyoming. Nearly 85 youth athletes race and train in the state of Utah with 32 of those on the Park City team. The other Utah club is Silverfork Skimo.
- Uphill only (25 min to 1 h)
- Multiple ascents and descents (1 h- multi-hour)
- Team Relay races (12-16m per leg)
- Team of 2 or 3 traveling & racing together (3 h+ to multi-day stage)
- Sprint race combining all the skills under (4 min in heats and finals like cross country skiing)
The primary objective of the Park City Ski Mountaineering Team is to develop both the skills and passion for ski touring and ski mountaineering and foster a lifelong love for both the outdoors and for sport. Skiers optimize specific ski mountaineering skills and fitness to develop proficiency in the sport.
“Our goal is to create a passion for backcountry skiing with a twist endurance and speed.” Pete Stoughton, PCSS Events and Development Director/Skimo Coach said to TownLift.
PCSS Skimo co-coach, Adam Loomis, was, during this race, in a different ski town in Colorado coaching PCSS ski jumping and nordic combined after his own skimo podium placement days prior in the Wasatch Mountains as a competitor.