Giant slalom skiers take on the cold at Whiteface

WILMINGTON – More than 80 skiers braved the bitterly cold temperatures Wednesday at Whiteface Mountain for a men’s FIS Eastern Cup giant slalom race.

Christoper McKenna took first place after putting down runs of 58.96 seconds and 56.48 seconds for a total time of 1:55.44. Sandy Vietze was second with a 1:55.46 and Charles Raposo was third in 1:56.53.

National Sports Academy skiers Colin Martens (1:58.59) and Peter Martens (1:58.63) placed 12th and 13th, respectively. Other NSA skiers were Kei Kullberg (27th, 2:00.36), Olexa Chewpa (33rd, 2:02.84), Andrew Yoviene (46th, 2:05.36), Skylar Glick (52nd, 2:07.20) and Jackson Burdett (60th, 2:09.43).

Representing Northwood School were Jake Middleton (49th, 2:06.38), Nicolo Petrocci (56th, 2:08.21) and Owen Reilly (61st, 2:09.68).

Conditions were reported as clear and cold, with a temperature of -26 C.

Hosted by New York Ski Educational Foundation, races will continue today and Friday with the FIS Eastern Cup super-G events. Clarkson Carnival giant slalom races will take place Saturday and Sunday on the mountain.