Watson Lake’s Clayton Moore hadn’t skied competitively in a decade, but apparently it’s like riding a bicycle.
“I hadn’t skied in so many years and I just wanted to see if I could still do it,” said Moore. “The last time I raced was probably 10 years (ago). But I used to race lots.”
Competing in the 2009 Yukon Cup at Mount Maichen in Watson Lake over the weekend, Moore topped his fields both days, winning the giant slalom Saturday and the dual slalom Sunday.
“It was just for fun, really,” said Moore. “I just taught my daughter how to ski, so that’s why I went back to skiing.”
In the open men’s giant slalom, Moore outpaced second-place skier Cody Addis by the narrow margin of just .79 seconds. Page Dalziel took third.
For the women Megan Kimmitt finished first, ahead of Jenny Skelton and Wendy Tayler.
In the dual slalom, Moore narrowly defeated Brian Lund, after losing one of two runs to him. In the women’s draw, Taylor Mitchell took top honours, one above Kaitlynn Mitchell.
About 20 participants took to the slopes for the Cup, including a handful of boarders in snowboard races.
The event is supposed to be the first three in a series of events in the Yukon, however, as it stands now, the two remaining events have yet to be planned.
“We try to hold one in Whitehorse, one in Watson Lake and one in Dawson City if possible,” said Skelton, a member of the Watson Lake Ski Club.
“I’m not quite sure what’s happening with the next one because the March break this year threw everything off the loop.”
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