State skiing: Aspen claims team titles as Weiss siblings win nordic again

State skiing Charlie Olsen Aspen

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EDWARDS — Aspen claimed both the boys and girls state skiing championships on Friday behind outstanding individual performances which saw the programs claim six individual championships in the eight events.

And on Friday, that meant the Weiss siblings — Elsie and Anders — repeated their feat from Thursday when the brother-sister duo claimed the nordic events. This time, they each won the skate.

It helped Aspen's boys win a third-straight state title, and 10th overall. The Skiers amassed 667 points, ahead of second-place Battle Mountain (620). Middle Park was third with 579, Steamboat Springs (555) was fourth and Evergreen (484) was fifth.

The Aspen girls won for the third time in six years, and ninth overall. They totaled 674 points. Battle Mountain (607.5 points) was second, Summit (561) was third, Middle Park (533.5) was fourth, and Steamboat Springs (530) placed fifth.

Aspen's Charlie Olsen won boys slalom event, recording the fastest time in each run. His combined time of 1:20.6 led the field, and earned him a state title. Battle Mountain's Will Bettenhausen was second (1:21.57), and Durango's Toby Scarpella, who won the giant slalom on Thursday, was third in 1:22.08.

Overall, Aspen continued its strong alpine showing with five races among the top 11 finishers.

The boys race had 17 racers who didn't finish the first run, two who didn't start, and another seven who were disqualified. Eight more didn't finish the second run, and three more were disqualified. In total, 64 of the original 101 entrants finished both runs.

State skiing Olyvia Snyder Summit

Olyvia Snyder. (Ryan Casey/

In the girls' slalom, Olyvia Snyder of Summit capture the state title on the strength of second-run time of 41.86 which propelled her to a combined time of 1:22.12. Battle Mountain's Berit Frischholz was second in 1:22.61, and Aspen's Stella Sherlock was third (1:23.49).

Snyder's win paced an impressive performance from Summit in the event, which placed four among the top 11.

When it came time for the nordic events at Maloit Park in Minturn, the Weiss tandem doubled up their titles.

State skiing Elsie Weiss Aspen

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Elsie, a freshman, won the girls race with a time of 14:43.5, edging out Colorado Rocky Mountain's Lola Villafranco, who finished in 14:45.1.

Aspen's Emma Barsness was third in 14:52.3, helping to lead an unbelievable contingent of Skiers at the top: four of the top five, five of the top eight, and six among the top 11.

Anders Weiss, a sophomore, led the boys skate field with a time of 12:17.0, ahead of teammate Taiga Moore (12:35.9) in second. Eagle Valley's Ferguson St. John was third in 12:38.7. 

Middle Park had three finishers in the top eight, led by Kimo Sullivan in fourth place (13:04.9).

State skiing Anders Weiss Aspen

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