Kipling Weisel, 17, of the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation turned some heads Thursday in the men's slalom race of the Western Region Devo Tech Series on Payday run at Park City, Utah.
Second-year J2 (ages 15-16) Weisel clocked the second-best first run in the final race of the three-day series and ended up in fifth place overall out of 63 two-run finishers (84 starters).
Winning the J2 class easily after podiuming the day before in giant slalom, Weisel was only 1.21 seconds behind winner Dominic Demschar of the Park City Ski Team. Weisel also finished 1.21 seconds ahead of the next-fastest J2, Bryce Astle, 17, of Snowbird.
It was Weisel's best International Ski Federation (FIS) finish in slalom since he placed sixth and third in slalom Dec. 15-16 at Alyeska, Ak.
Weisel was also the top SVSEF racer in the other two Devo Tech races—17th overall (5th J2) of 102 starters in the March 27 giant slalom and 20th overall (3rd J2) of 97 in the March 28 GS.
Other top SVSEF class placings at Park City:
Teagen Palmer 7th J1 (ages 17-18) in giant slalom (13th of 53 starters); Tanner Dirstine 8-J1 GS and 10-J1 GS (19th and 23rd overall); Harlan Collins 10-J1 GS (23rd overall); KJ Savaria 9-J2 GS (37th); Tanner Josey 19-J2 GS (49th and 60th overall); Connor Farrow 13-J1 SL (23rd overall, and 53rd overall GS); and Garrett Lodge (16-J2 GS and 19-J2 SL, 48th and 47th overall).<
SVSEF Alpine J1/J2 head coach Nate Schwing said, "We are down to the last few race series of the season.
"Coming up we have Spring Series at Mission Ridge (Wash.) April 6-11, Spring Devo Tech at Sugar Bowl (Ca.) April 8-11 and Spring Speed at Mt. Bachelor in Oregon (April 13-18).
"Mission Ridge and Sugar Bowl overlap each other so we have been working through the Spring Series boards and now we are on the Spring Devo Tech boards and Bachelor boards.
"Spring Series Boards are now finished and here is who we have going: Teagen Palmer, Harlan Collins, Tanner Dirstine, Kipling Weisel, KJ Savaria, Will Harder and Ben Kanellitsas."
Schwing said the team will depart for Spring Series after school today, Wednesday.
He added that Intermountain Division is hoping for 10 additional Spring Devo Tech spots. Schwing said, "Here is where we stand: Sofia DeWolfe, Garrett Lodge, Tanner Josey, Cole Caulkins (1st alternate), Colin Waycott (2nd alternate), Taylor Adler (7th alternate) and Logan Shipley (10th alternate)." Assistant coach Erika Hogan will go to Sugar Bowl for Devo Tech leaving with the Sun Valley group Saturday morning.
Alpine FIS head coach Pat Savaria will take a group from Mission Ridge to Bachelor. Those currently on tap for Spring Speed include Harlan Collins, Kipling Weisel, KJ Savaria, Will Harder (4th alternate) and Cole Caulkins (5th alternate).
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