The Wyoming High School skiing weekend will be less busy than originally planned this weekend. Alpine skiers were set to make their season debut, but due to the extremely cold weather forecast in Casper, they will have to wait for another week. Nordic skiers are in Jackson this weekend. Some will be competing in a high school race, while others will compete in a Junior National Qualifier. This is officially Week 4 of the high school skiing season.


Alpine Skiing

Downhill skiers started practice back in mid-November before the Thanksgiving holiday. They were supposed to be skiing Thursday and Friday at Hogadon Basin to start the season, but a decision was made on Wednesday to postpone the weekend to Jan. 25 and 26, 2024. That means, if the weather holds, the season will begin next weekend with the Laramie Invite at Snowy Range Ski Area.

Nordic Skiing

Cross-country skiers will be splitting up in Jackson this weekend. There is a high school race on Friday and Saturday. It is the Trail Creek Invitational at Trail Creek Nordic Center at Wilson, just west of Jackson. Friday is a 5km skate or freestyle race with a mass start at 11 a.m. The varsity girls will ski first, followed by the varsity boys, and then JV. Saturday is a 5km classic race beginning at noon. Skiers will start the race in intervals. Varsity boys will ski first, then varsity girls, and JV.

Also at Jackson is the Johnny Curtis Memorial JNQ 2024. It’s an Intermountain Junior National Qualifier race for U10-U20 athletes on Saturday and Sunday. The race on Saturday is a classic discipline. U16, U18, and U20 skiers will compete in a 5km between 9 a.m. and noon. Younger levels will compete after the high school race. Sunday is a freestyle race that is 10km for U18 and U20 athletes and 5km for U16 athletes.

Skiers will choose which competition they will race in, either the high school races or the JNQ. They cannot do both.

Friday Freestyle Results

Ally Wheeler of Natrona dominated the girls' race. She won by nearly 3 minutes with a final time of 17:13.99. Emily Anderson from Lander (20:01.21) was second. Ellie Wheeler from Jackson (21:06.55) took third.

Gideon Moore from Laramie won the boys' race at 16:28.53. Kalel Brubaker from NC was second (17:04.46). Mack White of Lander (17:31.36) was third.

Saturday Classic Results

Ally Wheeler won her second race of the weekend in Jackson at a time of 18:55.1 in the classic race. Annika Wilmot of Lander (22:33.0) came in second. Third place went to Eleanor Veauthier (22:38.5) from Kelly Walsh.

Kalel Brubaker of Natrona County captured the victory in the boys' classic race at 17:11.9. Gideon Moore (18:49.4) from Laramie finished second. Mack White (19:25.8) of Lander placed third.

If you would like to see the club skiing results, click here.

State Nordic Skiing

State Nordic Skiing

Gallery Credit: Robert Galbreath-Pinedale Round Up

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