SIERRA-AT-TAHOE — Last year, El Dorado County high school skiers and snowboarders had to wait for snow. But this year, the story is just the opposite.
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On Monday, skiers and snowboarders couldn’t have asked for better skiing conditions for the first Giant Slalom race at Lower Main at Sierra-at-Tahoe, as the South I Division varsity ski and snowboarders took to the slopes. The weather conditions were sunny and clear but temperatures were below zero.
“It was lights out cold,” Union Mine head coach Nathan Foltz said. “But everyone was excited about the races. The kids got past it.”
Ponderosa snowed up the competition, as the Bruins emerged as the overall winner. Union Mine followed at second place, El Dorado third, Oak Ridge fourth, Amador fifth and Golden Sierra sixth.
In women’s varsity skiing, Ponderosa took home first place. Oak Ridge was second, El Dorado third and Union Mine fourth. There were 21 racers.
For men’s skiing, the Bruins were tops at first place, followed by El Dorado in second place, Oak Ridge third and Union Mine fourth. There were 30 racers.
For the men’s open snowboard division, Ponderosa was first, Union Mine second, El Dorado third and Oak Ridge fourth. For the women’s snowboard division, El Dorado was first, Ponderosa second, Oak Ridge third and Union Mine fourth.
Foltz has four boys returning to this year’s squad but only one girl.
“Three of the four I’ve never seen before,” Foltz said. “We are starting from scratch.”
Foltz said that every school has low numbers out for this winter. At Monday’s meet, there were approximately 80 skiers and snowboarders. Last year, there were nearly 200 skiers and snowboarders.
“Our whole division is down,” Foltz said. “It’s a bummer.”
Below is the top 13 finishers in skiing and snowboarding.