STOWE, Vt. – Travis Dawson and Kristina Riis-Johannessen each won the slalom race on the final day of the UVM Carnival at Stowe Mountain Resort to give Vermont a 28-point lead against New Hampshire. The winner of the carnival will be determined by the Nordic races, which will be held Feb. 2-3 at Trapp Family Lodge.
It was a challenging day on the hill as warm overnight temperatures and rain created soft and inconsistent snow conditions.
Dawson was the only Catamount on the men’s side to complete both runs. He posted a time of 51.54 on his first run, the best of the day, and finished the day with a combined time of 1:45.87 to earn his first career victory. Only 53 of the 83 starters finished the first run in the men’s race due to the difficult conditions.
On the women’s side, Riis-Johannessen, who finished second in the giant slalom on Friday, earned first place. She registered a time of 51.59 on the first run, the best of the day, and completed the race with a two-run time of 1:47.58. Teammate Kate Ryley, Day 1′s GS winner, was 1.5 seconds with a time of 1:49.14, to pick up her second podium appearance in two days.
Vermont hosted the first carnival of the season, but this weekend featured just the alpine races due to scheduling conflicts with Nor-Am races.