The Durango Nordic Ski Club suited up against a deep and fast field at the annual Aspen Nordic Festival and the Owl
Creek Chase, a stop on the pro SuperTour recently.
The SuperTour is a sanctioned by the United States Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) and is the highest level of
cross country skiing competition in North America.
The Owl Creek Chase SuperTour is one of eight races in the nationwide race circuit where pro racers compete for series
points and cash prizes.
On the first day, the men skied in a 10-kilometer classical race, two laps around a challenging 5K loop.
With many professionals and a U.S. Ski Team racer present, the competition was intense.
Durango Nordic Ski Club alum and pro skier/mountain biker Tad Elliott of Durango finished eighth, skiing for the CXC
Durango Nordic members Lars Ellefson and Elliott Saslow placed 11th and 21st, respectively.
In the women's field, racing on lap of the 5K course, Durango Nordic skier AliciaRose Pastore finished fourth, followed
by Rachel Hampton in 10th, Elena Breed in 11th, Lily Oswald in 15th, Amy Katz in 17th and Emma Greenberg in 19th.
Outside of the SuperTour events, there also were junior races.
The J2 boys (age 14-15) division was won by Durango Nordic's Gino Pastore.
Teammates Haakon Sigurslid was second, Cully Brown was third and Sepp Kuss was fourth.
Among J3 boys (age 12-13), Charlie Greenberg finished second.
In the J3 girls division, Avra Saslow of Durango Nordic was sixth.
The big event of the weekend was a 21-kilometer freestyle point-to-point race that climbs through the mountains between
Snowmass and Aspen.
After placing second two years in a row, Elliott skied his way to victory in the last few kilometers of the race.
Following Elliott in 13th place was Ellefson.
When the adults competed in the Owl Creek Chase, the juniors raced in freestyle sprint relays with Durango Nordic
claiming top results.
The J1 girls division (ages 16-17), was won by the Durango Nordic team of) Breed and Alicia-Rose Pastore.
The J1 boys division was won by Sigurslid and his partner Haydon Joy from Aspen.
The J2 boys field (ages 14-15) was won by the Durango Nordic team of Kuss and Gino Pastore.
The Durango Nordic J2 girls team of Rachel Hampton and Amy Katz also finished first. Third place went to Durango
Nordic's Hampton and Katz.
Brown and Greenberg won the J3 boys race (ages 12-13) relay. Avra Saslow and Dylan Williamson also participated for
Durango Nordic, although they weren't able to acquire points because they formed a mixed gender team.
It's great to have races like these," Durango Nordic head coach Josh Dalley said.
Our skiers got to race against some of the fastest skiers in the United States, but because this was not a
Junior National Qualifier, the pressure of the event is minimal for them.
It's good for them to experience this level of racing, just for the fun of it."