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MRST skier injured

WENATCHEE — Clare Wise of the Mission Ridge Ski Team underwent surgery Saturday after breaking her tibia and fibula while training at the ski area, according to her father. Wise, the valedictorian of Wenatchee High School’s Class of 2010, is expected to be out five to six months, interrupting a successful 2010-2011 season that included a win in the first Northwest Cup super G at Schweitzer, Idaho, and podium finishes in both Northwest Cup giant slalom events and in two Big Sky super G races.

Two Ridge skiers qualify for World Cup circuit

WHISTLER, B.C. — Having just one team member qualify for the World Cup circuit would be quite a coup. The Mission Ridge Ski Team now has two. Colby Granstrom and Brooke Wales each secured spots last weekend for next year’s World Cup tour, something Mission Ridge Ski Team program director Ryan Shorter said was a nearly unprecedented feather in the MRST’s cap.

MRST on to Jr. Olympics

WENATCHEE — The Mission Ridge Ski Team will have five skiers in the Western Region Junior Olympics from March 18-20 at Squaw Valley, Calif. Ben Holmberg of Wenatchee, Delilah Cupp of Twisp, Fred Williams of Richland, Lindsay Ahmann of Everett, and Hannah Bodily of McCall, Idaho, all qualified by skiing well in events at Mt. Spokane and Ski Bowl in Government Camp, Ore., in January, said MRST coach Ryan Shorter.

Safety’s a ‘family’ value for close-knit ski patrol

WENATCHEE — Brad Whiting doesn’t need more ski patrollers. “We don’t see a lot of attrition. A lot of people stay on long periods of time and enjoy it,” said the patrol director at the Mission Ridge Ski and Board Resort.

Four make Jr. Olympics

WENATCHEE — Four members of the Wenatchee Valley Nordic Ski Education Foundation have been named to the Pacific Northwest Ski Association Junior National Team. Teddy Thorson, Andi Zontek, Tristan Cunderla and Cole Christman qualified for the team and will race in the Junior Olympics in Minneapolis, March 7-12.

Mission Ridge skier wins first NorAm race

ASPEN, Colo. — Mission Ridge Ski Team member Brooke Wales made it to the podium in a NorAm race for the first time in her career by winning the NorAm Cup Super G in Aspen on Thursday. Wales finished with a combined time of one minute, 17.67 seconds to beat second-place finisher and fellow American Julia Ford by almost eight-tenths of a second.

Hotel rooms could be scarce for area’s spring sports events

WENATCHEE — Is there room at the inn? Maybe, but you might have to unfold that sleeper sofa. Athletes traveling here in April will find out if hotels in Wenatchee and East Wenatchee have enough rooms to house teams and support crews for two of the years biggest sporting events — a prestigious national ski race and a huge regional baseball tournament — both happening on the same weekend.

Skiing in dangerous areas could get you a fine

OLYMPIA — Skiers who venture into dangerous areas that are closed to the public could be fined up to $1,000 under a proposal being considered by the state Senate. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Jim Kastama, D-Puyallup, calls for fines for any skier who crosses in to a marked area that has been closed because of dangerous conditions. Those skiers aren’t just risking their lives, they’re risking the lives of ski patrol members who go in after them, he said.

Granstom in Austria

KITZBUEHEL, Austria — Colby Granstrom, an alum of the Mission Ridge Ski Team, competed in the Hahnenenkam Slalom on Sunday, a World Cup skiing event. The 20-year-old Granstrom did not qualify after his first run in what was his second World Cup start of the season.

Ridge Team profile: Travis Ahmann

Here is this week’s Mission Ridge skier profile. The profiles run weekly in the Sunday Wenatchee World. The first ran Dec. 31.

Ridge freestylers take to the air

MISSOULA, Mont. — Over the Martin Luther King holiday weekend, the new Mission Ridge Freestyle Ski Team participated in its first event ever, competed in the USSA Snowbowl Interdivisional Freestyle Event near Missoula. Mission Ridge members Joel Hanson, Nikolas Linden and Kurt Zontek competed in mogul events on Jan. 16-17, as well as a dual mogul event on Jan. 17. Hanson placed ninth and eighth in moguls in the J2 category (15- to 16-year-olds) and was eliminated in the second round of duals. Linden placed eighth and seventh in the ...

Koos wins again

RUMFORD, Maine — Torin Koos collected his second title at the U.S. Cross Country National Championships on Saturday, holding off Simi Hamilton and Lars Flora in a frantic dash to the line in the skate sprint. Koos said after his second win — he also won the classic sprint last weekend — that he wasn’t trying to make a case to be reinstated to the U.S. Ski Team.

Mission Ridge Ski Team rebounds from unsettled times

WENATCHEE — When Ryan Shorter took over the Mission Ridge Ski Team a few years ago, the program could be defined as such: A box of records and no money. It was a sharp fall for a ski team that once knew national fame.

Holiday gifts postponed at some ski areas

Not even Santa will be able to deliver two items on the wish lists of local skiers and snowboarders in time for Christmas. Delays at Crystal Mountain and The Summit at Snoqualmie will keep both from introducing long-awaited amenities this week as planned.