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High school alpine skiers begin their season

Alpine skiers began their first practices for the season on Dec. 3
Published: Dec. 3, 2020 at 9:05 PM CST
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) -

Alpine skiers began their first practices for the season on Dec. 3 and even though their isn’t much snow, the teams are still hard at work.

“In our new building we are very fortunate to have our new indoor track, and we use that area as well as outside to work on some conditioning and really work on building up core body strength and building up the muscles in our legs and really working those ligaments and tendons in their knees to prevent injury,” said Kelly Walsh Alpine Ski Coach Ben Schanck. “So most of our dry land is to build endurance but also to prevent injury on the mountain.”

Kelly Walsh Coach Schanck says they have 18 girls and 12 boys this year on the team. He says the girls team is much bigger than in years past. For the boys, they placed second in states last year and return most of their team.

“I am just thankful that we are able to have a season right now and I ask the community to please continue with social distancing and wearing masks so that our kids can continue to attend school and can continue to participate in their respective sports,” said Schanck. “We have a pretty young team but I am super excited to see what they are able to do so we just need mother nature to make us some snow so those kids can get out there and show us what they got and make us proud.”

The first race will be on Jan. 8 in Laramie.

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