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4-day race series kicks off at Alyeska with giant slalom competition

  • Author: Anchorage Daily News
  • Updated: January 18, 2020
  • Published January 18, 2020

Lili Boshell peeks through a giant slalom gate Friday, at the Coca-Cola Classic on Alyeska’s Race Trail. (Photo by Bob Eastaugh)

Carson Engstrom and Lili Boshell of the Alyeska Ski Club swept the giant slalom titles Friday on the first day of competition in the Coca-Coca Classic at Alyeska Resort in Girdwood.

The four-day series began with a pair of giant slalom races for skiers 14 and under.

In the boys competition, Engstrom won the first race edging Jaxon Murphy by .11 of a second. He won the second by beating Murphy by a decisive 1.17-second margin.

Boshell dominated the girls action. She fended off Madison Allard by .82 of a second to win the first race and topped Ava Austerman by 1.37 seconds to win the second race.

Competition continues through Monday at Alyeska.

Carson Engstrom avoids entanglement in a giant slalom panel on his way to a sweep of the two boys races. (Photo by Bob Eastaugh)