By Nick Nenno
Over 140 of New York State’s best ski racers took to the slopes at Toggenburg and Greek Peak with the hopes of winning against New York’s best. Tommy Shantler, a member of Holiday Valley’s Gold Team, dominated the weekend winning the Giant Slalom by 1.22 seconds and then the Slalom by 2.43 seconds. His performances earned him two golds and the top spot on New York’s Eastern Championship Team. Shantler has now won seven straight races and hopes to continue his streak at Eastern Championships.
Shantler will attend Easterns with six other athletes from both HoliMont and Holiday Valley. David Flaherty (HO) finished 10th in the GS and skied to a 2nd place finish in the Slalom. Jacob Flaherty (HO) skied a first-place run in the GS and a solid 6th in the Slalom. Dylan Thomas (HV) also had an impressive weekend finishing 7th in the Giant Slalom.
For the girls, Bella Wylie (HV), Chloe Richards (HO) and Danielle Mason (HO) all earned Eastern Championships spots. Wylie of Holiday Valley skied to 6th and 8th place finishes in the Slalom and GS. For HoliMont, Richards placed 4th in both events and Mason put in two solid top 10 finishes to grab the last spot on the Eastern Championship Team.
For their efforts, Shantler and his fellow Niagara Frontier Ski Council won the NYS Council Cup. This award is given to the council that is most successful throughout the weekends’ competition. Teammates from Holiday Valley, Kissing Bridge, HoliMont and Buffalo Ski Club bested five other councils to bring the Cup back to Western New York for the second time in two years.
Congrats racers and good luck at Easterns!