Sun Valley local Mike Sinnott (SVSEF/Factory Team) edged Leif Zimmerman (USST/BSF) at the line, winning the first Boulder Mountain Tour start of his career. Sinnott, coming off his first World Cup races, was supposed to be in Poland racing in the U23 World Championships. But that event was postponed due to lack of snow. Sinnott completed the 30km course in a time of 1:17:45.0, at the head of a pack of ten skiers who all finished within six seconds. Zach Simons (Rossignol) took third. Last year's winner, Nordic Combined star Bill Demong, finished seventh this year. He was unable to repeat his stellar performance from a year ago, when he gapped the field to win by over a minute – a rarity in a race that features 1,000 feet of elevation loss. Demong is currently second in the overall World Cup Nordic Combined Standings.
As usual, the Tour featured a star-studded field, including recent Olympians Andrew Johnson and Carl Swenson.
In the women's race, Kate Arduser led a trio of newly minted World Cup skiers across the line. The Rossignol/APUNSC skier edged Evelyn Dong (Factory Team) and Morgan Arritola (USST) at the line. Like Sinnott, Arritola, coming off a 24th in the her first week of World Cup racing, was also scheduled to be racing in Poland. Instead she battled to third in the Boulder Mountain Tour.
Dong won last year's event, winning by two and a half minutes over Arduser.
Women's finish (Photo Credit: Factory Team)
(Photo Credit: Factory Team)