Kylie Kersh is ready at the start line of a slalom race. Kersh has been racing for five years and is the number-one skier on her squad, the Blizzard Wizards. Photo submitted
April 7 — Two local students have been gaining speed and skill on the ski slopes.
Kylie Kersh and Rhys Cooper, both of Susanville, are members of the Johnsonville Ski Team, based out of Graeagle, and having been making a name for themselves in ski competitions in the Tahoe area.
Kersh, a seventh-grader, has been racing for about five years, while Cooper, a third-grader, is in his first year on the team.
Recently, Kersh finished seventh overall on the team in competition and Cooper finished 16th. Both of the young skiers qualified to compete in the Buddy Werner championships Sunday, April 6 at Alpine Meadows.
The Johnsonville Ski Team is made up of about 40 children between kindergarten and eighth grade who are distributed amongst four squads (Blizzard Wizards, Extreme Team, Fire on Ice and Gate Breakers) and one training squad (Snow Leopards). The team has competed at Alpine Meadows, Diamond Peak, Boreal and Sugar Bowl. However, due to the poor snow conditions, the group has a limited schedule.
When snow conditions are favorable, the team meets at various ski resorts and holds inter-squad competitions with a point-based scoring system. First place is 100 points, with the placing and points going down from 100. The team with the highest point total at the end of the year will be the first-place team.
The team competes in a slalom race, which has two skiers racing at the same time. The two racers race one time, side-by-side, and then race again, but switch sides to make it an even match. The team with the fastest time wins.
For the full story, see the Tuesday, April 8 edition of the Lassen County Times.