State Ski Meets

Updated: 02/19/2014 11:29 PM
Created: 02/19/2014 11:26 PM
By: Laura Kennedy

Biwabik, Minn. - The Northland's best alpine skiers took to the slopes, racing for state championships last Wednesday.

"I love it. The atmosphere is awesome. Just the crowd when you finish, all the people. It is really cool because for normal races not a lot of people go. It is a great venue here at Giants Ridge," says Alex DeRocher of Cloquet-Esko-Carlton.

"On the course on Helsinki, there was a big rut and that's where I fell and then on Innsbruck on the flats, there was a delay gate and it got slow there," says Reilly Wahlers of Cook County.

"It is definitely about growing and getting more weight on me. Just definitely have to improve more and keep training," says Will Lamb of Cook County.

The ski action continued there on Thursday with the nordic meets. The snow really started flying in the afternoon, making for some slippery conditions out on the course.

Sam Johnson skis for Mesabi East. He finished in the top-15 and says the game changes in softer snow.

"You are not getting as much grip as you would with your kick, so you have got to really work for it. It is gonna slow it down a little bit too and I noticed my skis weren't as fast as they were this morning," says Johnson.

Erika Fox was one of two girls competing for the Cloquet-Esko-Carlton Lumberjacks and was excited to race against Minnesota's best.

"It is a lot different than just within your section and stuff, but it was fun," says Fox.

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