2018 U.S. Olympian Nolan Kasper won the Visit Maine Pro Ski Championship at Sunday River, Maine, on Saturday, defeating Slovakian Olympian Adam Zampa in the final for the $10,000 prize. Kasper also edged out World Cup skier Michael Ankeny for the overall season championship for an additional $5,000.
“I feel amazing,” Kasper said. “I am so happy. This is a great event and we had great weather today. It’s awesome that they brought the World Pro Ski Tour back. It’s great for the racers and the fans, and a great recipe for success moving forward!”
It was Zampa’s first time competing in a World Pro Ski Tour event.
“The race was really enjoyable and I’m glad I made it over to Maine,” said Zampa. “I was happy with the way that I skied against some tough competition. I’ll definitely try to make it back next year!”
In warm and sunny conditions on the Monday Mourning Race Arena, a total of 32 men competed in the dual slalom format. The Visit Maine Pro Ski Championships was the final race of three in the 2018 World Pro Ski Tour season, following the White Mountain Dual Challenge at Waterville Valley, N.H., and the Rocky Mountain Pro Ski Classic at Snowmass, Colo.
Due to high demand, the World Pro Ski Tour also hosted its first women’s specific competition since the tour’s revival. The start list featured seven women in the inaugural race. Alexa Dlouhy overtook her Dartmouth teammate Foreste Peterson in the final round to take the win.
“It was awesome to have the opportunity to race thanks to the World Pro Ski Tour and Sunday River,” said Peterson after Friday’s qualifying round. “All of the women here are excited to see the tour grow in the future and be a part of it!”
The women’s prize purse was provided by Orbit Wear Designs. The top woman took home $1,000 while second- and third-place prizes were $500 and $300. Fourth place earned $225 and fifth through eighth earned $175.
Top Four Male Competitors
1. Nolan Kasper
2. Adam Zampa
3. Michael Ankeny
4. Jack Shibley
Top Four Female Competitors
1. Alexa Dlouhy
2. Foreste Peterson
3. Morgan Klein
4. Mikaela Brown
Release courtesy of the World Pro Ski Tour