Downhill ski racer Emerson Action, 12, of Ahwahnee, took her “Badger Pass” ski skills to compete with hundreds of girls in the “North Series” competition, bringing home four medals and three trophies, placing her fifth overall in the 12 and under division.
Snow conditions in the Central Valley and local mountains forced early closure of three of the four ski resorts that normally host the Central Series Ski races. In the North, races are held in Tahoe and Mammoth, a considerable distance from Action’s home mountain, Badger Pass.
The Far West North Series supplies a significant portion of skiers to the US Ski Team for World Cup and Olympic competition. Extraordinary ski teams racing include Diamond Peak, Squaw Valley, Sugar Bowl, North Star, Heavenly, Alpine, and Mammoth Mountain.
“Emerson’s impressive year-end results included winning 5th place overall in her age group for the series championship,” said her coach Josee Lacasse, former Olympian and Canadian Women’s National Champion racer. “Although there are hundreds of girls, only the top 15 are awarded at the end of the season’s results. Emerson’s accomplishments are a result of her effort, dedication and willpower.”
Her award-winning finishes included first in Slalom at Alpine Meadows; third in Slalom at Sugar Bowl; third and 13th in Giant Slalom at Squaw Valley, and fifth and seventh at Mammoth in Super G, for the overall 5th place trophy for the combined racing scores.
Lacasse said negotiating a race course at top speeds is challenging enough, but to be versatile enough to ski the extreme conditions separates the dedicated from the timid.
“The North Series weather conditions this season produced the most varied and surprising conditions in years,” Lacasse said. “Emerson even skied through a whiteout in a storm at Mammoth. The spectators at the end of the course gasped as Emerson disappeared for part of the race when a wall of white blew falling snow across the race course. Determined, Emerson reappeared to the cheers of the crowds without missing a beat still skiing the course to the finish.”
- Action Racing Team