Tristan Tafel leads the last leap towards the finish line in Friday’s NorAm ski cross race final at Red Mountain.

Tristan Tafel leads the last leap towards the finish line in Friday’s NorAm ski cross race final at Red Mountain.

Ski cross racers tackle Red’s twisty course

The amount of competitors may have been low but the calibre of racing was definitely high as NorAm ski cross racing came to Red Mountain for two days.

A field of 27 races, including five women, tackled the twists and turns of Red’s Rico Racer course.

Catriona Blair, fresh off a pair of World Cup starts in February, easily outdistanced the field en route to winning both women’s races.

Meanwhile, the men’s event saw another skier with World Cup experience, Tristan Tafel, blazed his way to first place on Friday ahead of France’s Thomas Domenach and American Robert Mahre.

Saturday, Stanley Hayer, who failed to make the final-eight on Friday, stormed into top spot beating out Domenach and Tafel to the finish line in the final-four race.

Chad Weir, director of national programs and event, had high praise for the Red race.

“It was a little bit more technical than the course we had at Big White.”

He added, Red Mountain continued to build on its reputation for ski cross, thanks mainly to Red Mountain Resort general manager Erik Kalacis, who served as Chief of Competition for the Olympic ski cross event in Vancouver,

“With Erik being one of the very first ski cross guys ever, you got a huge amount of cred here at Red Mountain,” said Weir.

“There’s lots of history here at Red with ski cross and it has great potential.”