Didrik Smith was the top men's nordic skier in Alaska with four top 10 finishes.
Jan. 13, 2009
SALT LAKE CITY - After spending a week in Alaska for two meets, the Skiin' Utes return to the mountain this week to compete in the Colorado Invitational, January 14-17.
Action begins on Wednesday, Jan. 14, with the men's and women's giant slalom. The slalom events will be held on Thursday, Jan. 15, before the Nordic teams begin action on Friday, Jan. 16, with the 5 and 10-km Classic races. The meet wraps up on Saturday, Jan. 17, with the men's and women's 21-km freestyle races.
Also included in the week is a Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association qualifier, featuring a men's and women's slalom race that is not part of the CU Invitational, but will be used for NCAA qualifying purposes.
Alpine races will be held at Eldora Ski Resort while the Nordic races will take place in Aspen.
"It's tough because we have a quick turnaround for travel, it's a different kind of snow and we have to adjust to the high altitude," Director of Skiing Eli Brown said. "We feel confident going into the meet because we are used to this type of skiing and we are familiar with our surroundings.
"There is a really good feeling within the team right now. At least everyone had one good race in Alaska, so the mood is good. We are fired up to get this trip over and get back home for some good training."