23rd Annual Wedeln Open

IMG_2178I wanted to provide an update on some recent scholarship recipients and let you know the date of this years 23rd Annual Wedeln Open to benefit the Bragan Scholarship.

The Date is July 26th , stay tuned for details.


Kurt Niller & Elyse Clancy win State Championships!

  • Devin Delaney Is skiing for The University of Denver once again and has been named as one of the Captains of her team and one of the highlights of the year today was being named skier of the week at the Denver Invitational where she finished 4th over all in the GS and 7th in the slalom event.  Currently the Denver Woman’s Alpine team sits in overall send place behind first place Colorado and in front of third place Utah.  Good Luck to Devin this weekend as she and her team fight for the Rock Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association Championships! if they move on the NCAA championships would be back in New England at Middlebury.
  • Leanne Smith as most of you know reached her first podium this year for the Woman’s US Ski team! In the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup podium, finishing second in the Val d’Isere downhill .  She followed that up with a third in Cortina downhill.  We will certainly keep you posted as we drive towards Olympics!
  • Elyse Clancy: 2012-2013 recipient:   Sometimes it’s better in their own words.  This is how Elyse spent her $1000 , beyond the below in my limited research I did see where Elyse has several top three finishes for her High School Team! Congrats and I promise a more detailed update on her season.

“I went to Copper in Colorado over thanksgiving break which was a great opportunity to get a little ahead on my skiing. We had great snow and training the whole week and I definitely made some great improvements in my skiing. More recently I did a Devo FIS series at Okemo mountain in Vermont this past week and although I didn’t finish all of my runs I did have a few good runs to take away from the trip. I also have been racing in a series called Macomber Cup which is either a slalom or gs almost every sunday at different mountains and have been doing well at those. Lastly I have been skiing on my High School team everyday after school and then we have races on Fridays which we get to miss school for. So far it has been a great start to the new season. Hope all is well!

  • Kurt Niller , 2012-2013 recipient in his own words and how he spent his $1000.  For those who where at the Wedeln Open and heard Kurt , well let’s say he has a way with words!

Hi Jody and Wedeln Ski Club,
My season has been going well so far. I started the season with a series of FIS races at Sugarbush, VT. In the first slalom, I moved up from bib 52 to 19th place. I had a bobble in the second run but still finished 28th, a significant move up. I also raced in a high school race last week. I won the GS and finished 2nd in the slalom.
I am currently taking a break from racing to dial in a new movement pattern I have been working on. I first started feeling this new sensation at Mt. Hood this summer and am working hard to make it a permanent skiing habit of mine. I will resume racing again this Friday with a high school race (both GS and SL), a slalom race on Sunday and two Super G races the following week.

Words cannot show my gratitude for the opportunity I got to ski at Mt. Hood this summer. I still frequently re-review the notes I took this summer on my training sessions. Not only did this trip help my skiing but my racing mentality. I was able to train with the 2012 NCAA women’s GS champ, who was attending the same camp as me, and really scrutinize her training routines. My finish rate this year is already much better than last year’s. I am also able to ski faster and more technically sound with the clock ticking than ever before. A major result is definitely imminent.

Thank you again for your support! It means a lot!

Your friend,

Thank You all for your support!  Have a Great rest of the winter




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