The past week was the first travel week of the season for the Holiday Valley Freestyle Ski Team.  HVFT sent eight “A” team members, and 18 “B” team members to the “A” (ECS – Eastern Championship Series) and “B” (EQS – Eastern Qualifier Series) events hosted by Bristol Mountain in Canandaigua, NY.

The “A” event consisted of a traditional two-run mogul event on Saturday, followed by a single mogul run on Sunday.  The results from the Saturday two-run mogul event were then used to seed the competitors for the Dual competition Sunday afternoon.   

Holiday Valley’s top finisher for the girls’ event on Saturday was Morghan Socha, 14th out of a field of 30. Also on Saturday, local girl Bella Bacon moved up from the “B” ranks to try out her first “A” competition.  She finished 22nd out of the 30 in the field.

Top finisher for the Saturday boys event was Nick DiDonato, finishing 12th out of 47.

On Sunday for the Single Mogul event, HVFT’s top finisher for the girls was Lauryn Socha, 13th out of 29.

The top finisher for the boys was Matt DiDonato, 20th out of 47.

The dual event was exciting and paired two Holiday Valley skiers against each other in the early round…. Bryce Butler edged out Colin Navaugh.

The “B” event was a traditional two-run mogul event on both Saturday and Sunday.  HVFT was strongly represented in all age groups!  Several skiers broke into the overall top 10.  For the girls, Sydney Saunders finished 5th and Brooke Butler finished 7th.  For the boys, Caleb Darnley entered the top three with a 3rd place finish, Matt Larusch finished strongly in 4th, and Corgan Garrison finished in 8th.

By age group, Brooke Butler finished 2nd for the F13’s and Sarah Barnum finished in 1st place for the F11’s!  For the Boys, Caleb Darnley finished 1st for the M17’s followed by Corgan Garrison in 2nd.  Matty Larusch finished 2nd for the M13’s and Bennett Socha finished 2nd for the M11’s.  Benjamin Edwards took home 2nd place for the M09’s.

HVFT also skied well in the “B” event on Sunday.  The girls had three finishers in the top 10, with Bella Bacon in 6th, Brooke Butler in 9th and Patsy Oberholzer in 10th.  The boys also had three top 10 finishers with Caleb Darnley in 4th, Corgan Garrison in 5th and Matt Larusch in 10th.

By age group, Bella Bacon finished 2nd for the F-13’s.  Sarah Barnum brought home a 2nd place for the F11’s.  For the boys, Caleb Darnley and Corgan Garrison again finished 1 – 2 for the M17’s.  Christopher “Teddy” Edwards brought home another 2nd for the M09’s.

The team is training and eagerly looking forward to the next competition… be hosted at HoliMont Valley on Saturday and Sunday Jan. 21st and 22.