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U.S. Skiers are Back in Action at Huntsman Cup

By Karen Price | Feb. 10, 2021, 6 p.m. (ET)

Every other week we scour the web for the latest going on in the world of U.S. Para alpine skiing. Heres what you missed!

National Team Back In Action

Members of the U.S. national team were among those who competed in the 32nd Annual Huntsman Cup World Para Alpine Ski Races, hosted by the National Ability Center at Park City from Jan 27-29. 

Although some of the racing was canceled because of too much snow, Ravi Drugan was among those who picked up a couple of podium finishes.

Wrote Drugan on Instagram:

Another year at the Huntsman Cup in Park City, Utah done! A big thanks to the @nationalabilitycenter for putting it on and all the volunteers. After three days with one race canceled because of weather I ended up with a bronze in (giant slalom) and a gold in slalom now we start the next week of races in Aspen.”

 

In addition to Drugan, who competes in the sitting class, Spencer Wood took second in mens standing giant slalom and Andrew Kurka took first in mens sitting in giant slalom, while Wood wons mens standing slalom and national team rookie David Williams took third in mens sitting slalom.  Laurie Stephens won the sitting giant slalom and slalom.

Kurka Ready For World Cup

World cup racing continues in Europe in mid-February, and Kurka is ready. The Palmer, Alaska, native has always shared his pride in his home state, and in a recent article the owners of his hometown ski shop, SkiAK, shared their pride in being able to get him ready to hit the slopes. Read more here. 

Happy Birthday!

Paralympian Thomas Walsh celebrated his 26th birthday on Jan. 30. Did you know that in addition to being a Paralympic skier, Walsh is also talented in the performing arts? He started acting when he was 6 and kept up with acting, music and dancing in addition to sports when he was growing up. He studied performing arts at Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia. 

Around The Slopes

The Stride adaptive program at Ski Sundown in New Hartford, Connecticut, was featured in the Hartford Courant. According to the piece, more than 100 athletes will ski through the program, which will offer roughly 400 lessons this season.

Stride also offers adaptive ski and snowboard programs at Jiminy Peak in Hancock, Massachusetts, and Catamount Mountain in Hillsdale, New York.

Read more here. 

Paralympic Hopeful Featured

Steamboat Springs, Colorado, skier Paige VanArsdale is among the athletes hoping for a shot at the 2022 Paralympic alpine team that will compete in Beijing. The 21-year-old was among those who competed at the Huntsman Cup races and took third in giant slalom and fourth in slalom in the standing category. She was recently featured in a story by a Denver television station.

Read more here. 

Interested In Becoming A Para Alpine Classifier?

If so, youll definitely want to check this out.

World Para Snow Sports has announced a new international classifier course that will be held entirely online over the course of four weeks from April 12 to May 9. The course will cover both Para alpine and Para snowboarding, so individuals will become qualified to classify in both sports. Its open to those who are new to classification and want to become both international and national classifiers as well as to those who are interested in re-certification. 

The cost is 300 euros, or roughly $365. The course will include live sessions and self-study, with a time commitment of about six to ten hours per week, according to the invitation. There will be an exam at the end, and those who pass will then move on to the second step, which is practical training. For more information on how to register, and read the full invitation here

Karen Price

Karen Price is a reporter from Pittsburgh who has covered Olympic and Paralympic sports for various publications. She is a freelance contributor to USParaAlpine.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.