Guras strikes gold at Aspen giant slalom


ASPEN – With the high school ski season nearing its conclusion, Summit High’s Alex Guras is finally at the top of her game. After finishing in the top 10 on several previous occasions, the junior standout got her first career victory on Friday by capturing a giant slalom at Aspen.”It was a great day for Alex,” Summit coach Tory Hauser said. “She pretty much crushed them. I knew she had the will to win and she just went out and did it.”Guras will lead the Tigers’ GS and slalom teams into the state meet at Winter Park Feb. 10. “She’s going to be our number one seed at states,” Hauser said. “Some kids would see that as a burden but I think she’ll be excited by it. She’s earned it.”Riley Gage (13th place) was Summit’s second female finisher, followed by Sydney Schwab (28th) and Genevieve Truckey (33rd). With their finishes on Friday, both Schwab and Truckey qualified for the state GS team.Kevin Coleman took 10th place to lead the Summit boys. He was closely followed by Drew Hauser (12th) and Cooper Krause (16th). Despite not finishing the race, Drew Beling and Mark Miller were among the Tigers’ state-team qualifiers.Unfortunately for Summit, reigning GS state champion Tanner Macdonald missed his final chance to qualify for this year’s GS state team.”This will be the first time in my history here that our state slalom team will be better than our GS team,” Hauser said. “We’ll have a good GS team but it won’t have our fastest skiers.”The Tigers conclude their regular season with a slalom at Vail on Friday.Adam Boffey can be contacted at

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