Two feet of wet, heavy snow in two days didn't slow down Randi Von Wichman or Cabell Hildreth on the first day of the Spring Series at Alyeska Resort.
While dumps of powder send recreational skiers squealing, for alpine racers it can mean difficult conditions. Von Wichman nonetheless managed to post a fast time in the first run of the girls giant slalom race Thursday and held that solid lead through the second run to claim the victory.
Von Wichman finished 1.47 seconds ahead of second-place Piper Sage. Mary Grace Stahla finished third, giving the Under 16 girls a sweep of the podium.
In the boys race, Hunter Eid led the pack in the first run, finishing nearly a second ahead of Hildreth. But Eid, a standout U16 skier, took a rough fall in the second run that took him out of the race.
Hildreth held his speed to earn first place, followed by fellow U19 skier Austen Eriksson. Tanner Sticka, a U16 racer, took third place overall and first in his age class. The top three finishers were separated by .68 seconds.
The Subway Spring Series continues Friday at Alyeska Resort with slalom races.
Top 5 girls (overall) — 1) Randi Von Wichman (U16), 1:37.62; 2) Piper Sage (U16), 1:39.09; 3) Mary Grace Stahla (U16), 1:40.38; 4) Francesca Bergstedt (U16), 1:42.04; 5) Roan Willson (U19), 1:45.05.
Top 5 boys (overall) — 1) Cabell Hildreth (U19), 1:37.06; 2) Austen Eriksson (U19), 1:37.50; 3) Tanner Sticka (U16), 1:37.74; 4) Sage Hildreth (U16), 1:39.27; 5) William Wrigley (U16), 1:39.65.