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MRST begins race season in Alaska

ALYESKA, Alaska — Led by veterans Sylvia Coston, Hannah Bodily and Brian Davidson, the Mission Ridge Ski Team began the 2015-16 race season in style with podium and other top finishes at the Alaska Best Water FIS Tech Series.

Coston took second-place and third-place in two of the women’s slaloms, and fourth in another, while Bodily posted two fifth-place finishes. Davidson came in the top 10 in all four men’s slaloms, with a fourth-place and a fifth-place his best showings.

Through the two days of racing, MRST had 13 top-10 finishes.

Here are the official results:

Alaska Best Water FIS Tech Series
Alyeska Resort, Alaska
Dec. 10, 2015
Women’s Slalom 1
1. Alix Wells, Canada, 1:31.81
2. Charley Field, Canada, 1:34.56
3. Alexandria Oseland, U.S., 1:35.20
4. Sylvia Coston, Mission Ridge Ski Team, 1:37.17
5. Hannah Bodily, MRST, 1:37.20

Women’s Slalom 2
1. Caitie Brown, Canada, 1:32.76
2. Elise Balin, Canada, 1:33.92
3. Sylvia Coston, MRST, 1:34.06
5. Hannah Bodily, MRST, 1:39.17

Dec. 11, 2015
Women’s Slalom 3
1. Alix Wells, Canada, 1:27.06
2. Charley Field, Canada, 1:29.96
3. Isabella Andreini, U.S., 1:30.99
10. Sylvia Coston, MRST, 1:34.58
12. Hannah Bodily, MRST, 1:34.83

Women’s Slalom 4
1. Alix Wells, Canada, 53:62
2. Sylvia Coston, MRST, 56:47
3. Katerine Lamoureux, Canada, 56:79
Dec. 10, 2015
Men’s Slalom 1
1. Cedrik Gagnon, Canada, 1:29.31
2. Martins Onskulis, Latvia, 1:29.73
3. Sam Wall, Canada, 1:29.76
5. Brian Davidson, Mission Ridge Ski Team, 1:31.90
7. Preston Nelson, MRST, 1:33.00
12. Cade Quigley, MRST, 1:38.19
18. Otto Vanderhoef, MRST, 1:41.87
19. Jeffrey Webb, MRST, 1:43.05
22. Trevor Trimble, MRST, 1:46.05
Men’s Slalom 2

1. Hughston Norton, Canada, 1:27.47
2. Sam Wall, Canada, 1:28.97
3. Sean Alexander, Canada, 1:29.00
4. Brian Davidson, MRST, 1:31.90
11. Jeffrey Webb, MRST, 1:38.51
18. Cade Quigley, MRST, 1:45.54
Dec. 11, 2015
Men’s Slalom 3
1. Sean Alexander, Canada, 1:29.46
2. Hughston Norton, U.S., 1:30.70
3. Curtis McKillop, Canada, 1:31.56
8. Gunnar Lundteigen, MRST, 1:33.96
9. Brian Davidson, MRST, 1:35.52
15. Otto Vanderhoef, MRST, 1:39.62
16. Cade Quigley, MRST, 1:40.24
20. Trevor Trimble, MRST, 1:42.85
Men’s Slalom 4
1. Sean Alexander, Canada, 53:56
2. Martins Onskulis, Latvia, 53:84
3. Curtis McKillop, Canada, 54:15
9. Brian Davidson, MRST, 56:58
10. Preston Nelson, MRST, 56:93
11. Gunnar Lundteigen, MRST, 58:10
13. Cade Quigley, MRST, 58:46
14. Otto Vanderhoef, MRST, 59:09
17. Trevor Trimble, MRST, 59:75
27. Jeffrey Webb, MRST, 1:02.71
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NW Cup Overall Results – MRST Athletes Shine!

NW CUP OVERALL RESULTS – MRST ATHLETES SHINE!

Overall Men:

1st = Max Tobler

6th = Brian Davidson

14th = Gunnar Lundteigen

26th = Jacob DeRuwe

32nd = Cade Quigley

33rd = Fred Williams

Overall Slalom Men:

1st = Max Tobler

2nd = Brian Davidson

5th = Gunnar Lundteigen

Overall GS Men:

1st = Max Tobler

7th = Brian Davidson

Overall Women:

2nd = Hannah Bodily

6th = Lindsay Ahmann

7th = Sylvia Coston

Overall Slalom Women:

4th = Sylvia Coston

7th = Hannah Bodily

Overall GS Women:

1st = Lindsay Ahmann

2nd = Hannah Bodily

Overall SG Women:

7th = Sylvia Coston

Overall DH Women:

2nd = Hannah Bodily

8th = Sylvia Coston

Overall Team Results:

Women = 3rd

Men = 3rd

Team = 3rd

Overall U16 Results:

8th = James Wiggs – 3rd overall SL, 17th GS, 19th SG

10th = Trevor Trimble – 12th overall SL, 8th GS, 15th SG

13th = Cade Quigley – 13th overall SL, 7th GS, 25th SG

20 Overall Women = Hailley Jones

Congratulations and Well Done to all of you!!

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MRST Launches College Program

Mission-Ridge-Academy-SkierWENATCHEE, Wa. — Mission Ridge Ski Team members can now attend Wenatchee Valley College and earn credits while pursuing ski racing following high school.

The ski team and the college have partnered to offer aspiring ski racers both brick-and-mortar and online college classes that workaround their training schedules.

If the ski racer enrolls in 11 credits or less a quarter, they will not start their 5-year NCAA eligibility clock. Generally a class at WVC is worth 5 credits.

“For our athletes, this gives them the ability to chip away at college credits and still race at a high level,” said Ryan Shorter, executive director of the Mission Ridge Ski Team. “Athletes wanted this and needed it. They aren’t sacrificing their education with a Post Graduate year or 2. It makes a lot of sense academically and athletically.”

Under the program, ski team athletes must apply for and receive admission at WVC and then take a Compass Placement Test. After that, they will meet with college officials to plan their schedule.

For more on applying to WVC and taking the Compass Placement Test, visit https://www.wvc.edu/directory/departments/admissions/Checklist.asp.

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Mission Ridge Ski Team Launches Academy

Mission-Ridge-Academy-Skier-2WENATCHEE, Wa. — Mission Ridge Ski Team has formed an academy, in partnership with Wenatchee High School, to formalize educational offerings to U16, U19, and U21 athletes who are racing for MRST and living in the community during the winter months.

When the ski racers move to Wenatchee in fall, they will meet with a Wenatchee High School counselor and schedule similar classes to what they are taking at their hometown schools. The athlete’s training and race schedules are taken into account, and athletes do not miss school for training.

MRST executive director Ryan Shorter said the Mission Ridge Academy is part of the program’s commitment to offering student athletes a high-quality and well-rounded experience.

In the 1970s and 1980s, Mission Ridge also ran an academy for ski racers.

“We are returning to our roots,” Shorter said. “Kids have been doing online schooling for several years now, but there has been a switch in what parents and athletes want — they want more of a brick-and-mortar experience. With Wenatchee High School, we can offer that.

“We had two athletes do it last year as part of a trial period to see if it met their needs and if they could transfer in and out. That went well so we decided to formalize the academy,” Shorter said.

Wenatchee High School offers honors and Advanced Placement (AP) curriculum as well as an extensive Running Start program in partnership with Wenatchee Valley College.

Since 2006, four Mission Ridge Ski Team athletes have been high school valedictorians, and 100 percent of MRST graduating seniors have gone on to college.

“Wenatchee High School teachers and counselors understand the needs of ski racers and schedule their classes around training,” Shorter said. “Pursuing your ski racing goals doesn’t need to be expensive, far away from home, or at the expense of a normal high school life.”

For more on the Mission Ridge Academy, visit: Mission Ridge Academy or contact Ryan Shorter at 509-293-2241 or ryan@mrst.us.

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Pacific Northwest Ski Association Awards Announced!

We are incredibly proud of our athletes and staff who were named as the recipients of the following Pacific Norhtwest Ski Association Awards this past weekend!

Alex Shorter – Outstanding Alpine Coach of the Year. (Alex is only the third woman to ever receive this award.)

Max Tobler – Schwab Award, for being the most Outstanding Alpine Competitor of the Year.

Hannah Bodily – Northwest Skier Award, for being the most Outstanding Junior Athlete both on and off of the slopes.

Brooke Wales – Arne Backstrom Award, for being the most Outstanding College Alpine Competitor.

Stephen Maher – Press Award, for exceptional service to the sport of ski racing.

Gunnar Lundteigen – R. Dean Palmer Scholarship.

Hannah Bodily – Jane Henry Scholarship.

Unsung Hero Awards:

John Barnett, Teresa Platt, Brian Platt, Angela McCourtie, Jena Bolles, Robin Ahmann, Steve Ahmann, Greg Williams, Ardie Hewitt and Zoee DeRuwe.

Well Done!!!

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Northwest Cup Finals Come to a Close

Bodily captures women’s slalom on Sunday

WENATCHEE — It was another victorious set of runs Sunday for Hannah Bodily at the Northwest Cup Finals at Mission Ridge.

The Mission Ridge Ski Team athlete captured the women’s slalom with a combined time of 1 minute, 16.32 seconds. It was Bodily’s second win of the four-day event — she also won Friday’s women’s giant slalom race.

MRST’s Sylvie Coston wrapped up a strong NW Cup Finals with an eighth-place showing Sunday. Coston finished in the top 10 in every single race at the Finals.

Lindsay Ahmann, who also posted two victories at Northwest Cup Finals, did not complete her first run Sunday.

As a team, MRST won six individual titles in the race series, with Brian Davidson picking up the other two wins.

In the men’s slalom Sunday, Crystal Mountain’s Andrew Osborne came away with the win, with a time of 1:15.23. Mission Ridge Ski Team held the next three placings — Max Tobler was second (in 1:16.05), Davidson was third (1:16.23) and Gunnar Lundteigen was fourth (1:16.28).

Other MRST finishers on the day were Jeffrey Webb (16th), Cade Quigley (21st), James Wiggs (28th), Fred Williams (34th), and Trevor Trimble (49th).

Top finishes by the MRST men’s squad during Northwest Cup included Davidson (two first-places, a second-place and a third place), Tobler (two second-places), and Lundteigen (two third-places, a fourth-place and a fifth-place).

Eigenvector Northwest Cup Finals
Mission Ridge Ski & Board Resort
Sunday, April 12
Women’s slalom
1. Hannah Bodily, Mission Ridge Ski Team, 1:16.32
2. Elise Burandt, Schweitzer Mountain, 1:16.54
3. Madeline Zeldes, Team Alpental Snoqualmie, 1:17.07
8. Sylvie Coston, MRST, 1:18.69
42. Vanessa Carson, MRST, 1:43.55
Men’s slalom
1. Andrew Osborne, Crystal Mountain, 1:15.23
2. Max Tobler, Mission Ridge Ski Team, 1:16.05
3. Brian Davidson, MRST, 1:16.23
4. Gunnar Lundteigen, MRST, 1:16.28
16. Jeffrey Webb, MRST, 1:20.97
21. Cade Quigley, MRST, 1:23.10
28. James Wiggs, MRST, 1:25.83
34. Fred Williams, MRST, 1:28.26
49. Trevor Trimble, MRST, 1:39.52
Saturday, April 11
Women’s slalom
1. Lindsay Ahmann, Mission Ridge Ski Team, 1:29.04
2. Abigail Orford, Crystal Mountain, 1:29.40
3. Alexandria Oseland, Crystal Mountain, 1:29.94
10. Sylvie Coston, MRST, 1:33.95

Men’s slalom
1. Andrew Osborne, Crystal Mountain, 1:20.76
2. Brian Davidson, Mission Ridge Ski Team, 1:21.06
3. Gunnar Lundteigen, MRST, 1:21.34
11. Jacob DeRuwe, MRST, 1:25.67
14. Cade Quigley, MRST, 1:27.66
25. Fred Williams, MRST, 1:31.35
53. Jackson Bolles, MRST, 1:45.72

Friday, April 10
Women’s giant slalom
1. Hannah Bodily, Mission Ridge Ski Team, 2:24.65
2. Maddie Collins, Schweitzer Mountain, 2:25.35
3. Lindsay Ahmann, MRST, 2:26.48
8. Sylvie Coston, MRST, 2:30.14

Men’s giant slalom
1. Brian Davidson, Mission Ridge Ski Team, 2:15.72
2. R. Minam Cravens, Mount Bachelor, 2:16.46
3. Gunnar Lundteigen, MRST, 2:16.97
6. Max Tobler, MRST, 2:18.95
13. Fred Williams, MRST, 2:22.16
16. Jeffrey Webb, MRST, 2:23.36
17. Trevor Trimble, MRST, 2:24.66
57. Jackson Bolles, MRST, 2:48.33

Thursday, April 9
Women’s giant slalom
1. Lindsay Ahmann, Mission Ridge Ski Team, 2:17.58
2. Carina Bracy, Mount Bachelor, 2:18.50
3. Maddie Collins, Schweitzer Mountain, 2:18.84
4. Hannah Bodily, MRST, 2:19.06
6. Sylvie Coston, MRST, 2:21.14

Men’s giant slalom
1. Brian Davidson, Mission Ridge Ski Team, 2:14.36
2. Max Tobler, MRST, 2:16.08
3. R. Minam Cravens, Mount Bachelor, 2:16.17
5. Gunnar Lundteigen, MRST, 2:18.47
15. Jeffrey Webb, MRST, 2:23.55
16. Trevor Trimble, MRST, 2:23.93
18. Cade Quigley, MRST, 2:24.43
25. Fred Williams, MRST, 2:27.82

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Ahmann Wins Second Race at NW Cup Finals

WENATCHEE — Lindsay Ahmann nabbed her second victory at the Eigenvector Northwest Cup Finals on Saturday by holding off a pair of Crystal Mountain racers in the women’s slalom event.

Ahmann had a combined time for her two runs of 1:29.04. Crystal’s Abigail Orford was second in 1:29.40 and Alexandria Oseland third in 1:29.94. Mission Ridge’s Sylvie Coston was 10th in 1:33.95.

Ahmann also won Thursday’s women’s giant slalom.

In the men’s slalom Saturday, MRST’s Brian Davidson and Gunnar Lundteigen finished second and third, respectively. Davidson won the Northwest Cup Finals’ two opening men’s giant slalom races Thursday and Friday. Lundteigen was third in the event on Friday.

Three other teammates finished in the top 25 in Saturday’s slalom: Jacob DeRuwe in 11th place, Cade Quigley in 14th and Fred Williams in 25th. MRST’s Jackson Bolles was 53rd.

Quigley was the fourth-fastest U16 class skier on the day. Bolles was the eighth-fastest U14 athlete.

Eigenvector Northwest Cup Finals
Mission Ridge Ski & Board Resort
Saturday, April 11
Women’s slalom
1. Lindsay Ahmann, Mission Ridge Ski Team, 1:29.04
2. Abigail Orford, Crystal Mountain, 1:29.40
3. Alexandria Oseland, Crystal Mountain, 1:29.94
10. Sylvie Coston, MRST, 1:33.95

Men’s slalom
1. Andrew Osborne, Crystal Mountain, 1:20.76
2. Brian Davidson, Mission Ridge Ski Team, 1:21.06
3. Gunnar Lundteigen, MRST, 1:21.34
11. Jacob DeRuwe, MRST, 1:25.67
14. Cade Quigley, MRST, 1:27.66
25. Fred Williams, MRST, 1:31.35
53. Jackson Bolles, MRST, 1:45.72

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Bodily, Ahmann Win Races at NW Cup

MRST’s Ahmann, Coston, Lundteigen, Tobler also finish in top 10 on Friday

WENATCHEE — A day after a Mission Ridge Ski Team athlete strode to the top of the podium after winning the women’s giant slalom, another MRST member did likewise Friday in the same discipline.

Hannah Bodily posted a combined time for her two runs of 2 minutes, 24.65 seconds to capture the women’s race at the Northwest Cup Finals at Mission Ridge. Bodily finished fourth Thursday.

Thursday’s winner, MRST’s Lindsay Ahmann, was third Friday in 2:26.48. Another teammate, Sylvie Coston, came in eighth in 2:30.14. Schweitzer Mountain’s Maddie Collins was runner-up in 2:25.35.

In the men’s giant slalom Friday, MRST’s Brian Davidson won for the second consecutive day, with a time of 2:15.72, to hold off Mount Bachelor’s R. Minam Cravens (2:16.46).

In one of his best showings this season, Mission Ridge’s Gunnar Lundteigen captured third place in 2:16.97.

MRST’s Max Tobler, who was second on Thursday, came in sixth, while teammate Fred Williams took 13th place, 12 spots better than his performance the day before. Jeffrey Webb was 16th, Trevor Trimble was 17th and Jackson Bolles was 57th. Trimble was the second-fastest U16 athlete in the race. Bolles races in the U14 classification.

Eigenvector Northwest Cup Finals
Mission Ridge Ski & Board Resort
Friday, April 10
Women’s giant slalom
1. Hannah Bodily, Mission Ridge Ski Team, 2:24.65
2. Maddie Collins, Schweitzer Mountain, 2:25.35
3. Lindsay Ahmann, MRST, 2:26.48
8. Sylvie Coston, MRST, 2:30.14

Men’s giant slalom
1. Brian Davidson, Mission Ridge Ski Team, 2:15.72
2. R. Minam Cravens, Mount Bachelor, 2:16.46
3. Gunnar Lundteigen, MRST, 2:16.97
6. Max Tobler, MRST, 2:18.95
13. Fred Williams, MRST, 2:22.16
16. Jeffrey Webb, MRST, 2:23.36
17. Trevor Trimble, MRST, 2:24.66
57. Jackson Bolles, MRST, 2:48.33

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MRST Claims Top Spots on First Day of NW Cup Finals

WENATCHEE — Mission Ridge Ski Team opened the Eigenvector Northwest Cup Finals on the home mountain Thursday in impression fashion.

Lindsay Ahmann captured the women’s giant slalom race, teammate Brian Davidson did the same in the men’s race, and four other MRST athletes finished in their respective top 10s.

The Northwest Cup Finals are the culminating event in a season-long series of races. Other Northwest Cup races were held at Mount Bachelor and Stevens Pass earlier in the season.

Ahmann had a combined time of 2 minutes, 17.08 seconds for her two runs, defeating Mount Bachelor’s Carina Bracy (2:18.50) and Schweitzer’s Maddie Collins (2:18.84). Mission Ridge’s Hannah Bodily was fourth (2:19.06) and Sylvie Coston was sixth (2:21.14). Coston was the second-fastest U18 athlete in the race.

In the men’s giant slalom, Davidson was clocked in 2:14.36, nearly two seconds faster than teammate Max Tobler, who was timed in 2:16.08. Mount Bachelor’s R. Miram Cravens was third in 2:16.17. Mission Ridge’s Gunnar Lundteigen was fifth with a time of 2:18.47.

Other MRST finishers included Jeffrey Webb (15th), Trevor Trimble (16th), Cade Quigley (18th) and Fred Williams (25th).

Trimble and Quigley were the third- and fourth-fastest U16 division racers on the day.

The Northwest Cup Finals picks up again on Saturday with men’s and women’s slaloms.

Eigenvector Northwest Cup Finals
Mission Ridge Ski & Board Resort
Thursday, April 9
Women’s giant slalom
1. Lindsay Ahmann, Mission Ridge Ski Team, 2:17.58
2. Carina Bracy, Mount Bachelor, 2:18.50
3. Maddie Collins, Schweitzer Mountain, 2:18.84
4. Hannah Bodily, MRST, 2:19.06
6. Sylvie Coston, MRST, 2:21.14

Men’s giant slalom
1. Brian Davidson, Mission Ridge Ski Team, 2:14.36
2. Max Tobler, MRST, 2:16.08
3. R. Minam Cravens, Mount Bachelor, 2:16.17
5. Gunnar Lundteigen, MRST, 2:18.47
15. Jeffrey Webb, MRST, 2:23.55
16. Trevor Trimble, MRST, 2:23.93
18. Cade Quigley, MRST, 2:24.43
25. Fred Williams, MRST, 2:27.82

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All Paths Lead to MRST

Coston, Lundteigen and Davidson say family feel, training, technology set program apart

All-Paths-Lead-To-MRST

By Steve Maher
For MRST

WENATCHEE — Realizing her Montana ski team peers would soon be departing, Sylvie Coston began looking around last spring for a new program.

After graduating from his Michigan high school in June, Gunnar Lundteigen decided to put off college for a spell. He then zeroed in on a mountain where the ski runs would be long and challenging.

And Utah’s Brian Davidson made the same post-high school choice, before surveying the West for a high-level ski program with athletes his age.

Following separate yet similar paths, Coston, Lundheigen and Davidson ultimately found what they were seeking in Wenatchee’s Mission Ridge Ski Team. Since officially joining the program’s FIS squad (16 years and older) last November, the three have excelled on the slopes during the 2014-15 ski season and became fast friends, all the while settling into their new surroundings.

The season officially wraps up later this week with the Eigenvector Northwest Cup Finals at what is now squarely their home mountain.

“Mission Ridge hasn’t had a good snow year but it hasn’t affected us one bit,” says Coston, 17, who grew up in Stevensville, Mont., south of Missoula. “Mission Ridge really has taken great care of us. The coaches here really care and you can tell. They take time to make sure you get it.”

“We have a lot more training here than I experienced in Ogden Valley (Utah), and the training here is of far better quality,” says Davidson, 18, who was raised in Logan, Utah. “This program has an impressive track record.”

Adds Lundteigen, 19, from Charlevoix, Mich.: “This team really feels like your family.”

Long history

All-Paths-Lead-To-MRST-2The three aren’t the first ski racers to end up in Wenatchee from afar.
Since the early 1970s, hundreds of athletes from all over have enrolled in the Mission Ridge program. Many have gone on to college and enjoyed successful professional careers. Some have reached the upper echelons of alpine ski racing, making the U.S. Ski Team and competing in the Olympics and on the MRSTNWCupFinals1World Cup circuit. Some have never left the valley.

But when Ryan and Alex Shorter took over managing MRST in 2006 — and with full support of the MRST board — they moved to ramp up the program, from the FIS squad on down. Among the moves they made was setting aside part of their home for older athletes from outside Wenatchee to live. Some, such as Coston, attend Wenatchee High School for classes.

The Shorters also made a concerted effort to get the word out that MRST welcomed athletes from around the country. It has helped that the couple are well known in the ski racing industry. During the summer and early fall months, they operate PV Alpine Ski Racing Camps.

Several of the MRST’s recent alumni have gone on to bigger and better things on the ski slopes. Several have been accepted into prestigious colleges or nabbed scholarships.

Although he was injured this season, Colby Granstrom is on the U.S. Ski Team. His wife, Brooke Wales Granstrom, was previously a U.S. Ski Team member and now races for the national champion University of Colorado squad. Another former MRST athlete, the homegrown Clare Wise, has been enjoying success racing for the University of Colorado as well. One of her former MRST teammates, Kyle Coxon, captured a Rahlves Banzai Tour free skier title this season. And alumnus Danny O’Neal competed at junior worlds in skier cross.

Ryan Shorter says the program does not recruit athletes. Instead, the team’s reputation is such that skiers know about MRST.

“It (the sport of ski racing ) is a small community, so the kids know. And they shop,” he says.

It’s also true MRST’s FIS squad might not exist — or at least not exist at its current high level — if it were not for athletes moving to Wenatchee for a season, or two, or three. The local population simply isn’t large enough.

“It keeps us in the national spotlight, and it injects talent into the team from different places,” Shorter says of those who hark from other locations. “Our goal is to be the best team in the nation. And this keeps us going in that direction.”

Family, training, technology

It was the family feel of MRST that in part attracted Coston to Wenatchee after she decided to leave the Bridger Bowl Foundation Ski Team at the end of last season. She was seeking a new team with older athletes who would push her on the slopes. Her coach in Missoula knew the Shorters, too, so that was a plus. So was the program’s affordability.

“I like the coaches, and the way they coach and the technology they use, the consistency,” she says. “When I was in Montana, training was minimal.”

Lundteigen, whose father is a longtime ski coach and who went to the same Michigan high school that Ryan Shorter graduated from, said the training methods employed by MRST set it apart from other ski teams around the country.

Shorter emphasizes practice and training and improving technique over an abundance of races.

“Races are just to validate your training,” Shorter says. “Our approach is that it (a race) is just another training run. And executing it well.”

MRST also uses snowmobiles at Mission Ridge to ferry athletes around during practices. The use of the vehicles condenses practices and frees up time for athletes to hit the gym — or to rest.

“We are in the weight room four or five days a week,” Lundteigen says. “He gives us time off so our bodies can recover. He keeps us busy but he doesn’t overwork us.”

Davidson says he has been impressed with the technology that MRST employs.

Over the past few years, Shorter has developed a system using an I-Pad and cameras that allows his athletes to view their training runs within 45 seconds of completing them.

“Before you’ve caught your breath, you are watching your run,” Davidson says. “It helps you relate what you feel with what you see.”

The training program is having the desired impact.

“They are all skiing a lot better than when we got them,” Shorter says. “They’ve all scored career-best results this season.”

Looking ahead

Davidson, Lundteigen and Coston plan to return for the 2015-16 ski season and race again for Mission Ridge.

“It’s the most affordable high-level program in the country because of the sponsors they get and all the fundraising they do,” Lundteigen says. “And Ryan is one of the best coaches around. Ryan always tells us it’s a process, that results don’t come right away. I’ve learned a ton this year.”

Coston has seen vast improvement in her skiing and wants to keep at it.

Shorter says he is working with Wenatchee Valley College so the three can take courses next season, yet still preserve their college athlete eligibility.

“As long as it’s not a full ride, then the NCAA clock doesn’t start,” he says.

All three say they are determined to get college degrees.

Davidson is interested in mechanical engineering. Lundteigen in sports medicine. Coston in sports psychology.

“I want to open a ski company, and build and sell skis,” says Davidson, speaking with the enthusiasm befitting an entrepreneur.

But first things first. This summer, they each will return to their respective hometowns to regroup and to work summer jobs. By fall, they will be back in Wenatchee — to ski.

“I definitely feel I am not done with ski racing,” says Coston, a comment echoed by Lundteigen and Davidson. “It’s here and now.”

“I figure you have your whole life to go to school. You can’t do that with skiing,” Davidson says.

Adds Lundteigen, “I really want to follow my dreams.”

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