Skiers sharpen skills at annual Keyes Peak event

Logan Thompson, 14, of Florence, Wis., won the Mike Roberts Memorial Trophy as fastest racer of the day.

FLORENCE, Wis. — Fifty-seven young skiers participated Saturday at the Roberts Memorial Ski Race and Lessons event at Keyes Peak Ski Hill.

Coaches, staff and skiers from Granite Peak Ski Team traveled from Wausau, Wis., to volunteer their time, expertise and racing equipment.

“It’s rewarding to help so many kids learn to ski or improve their skills at this great facility,” Granite Peak head coach Jeff Tobin said. “We love to come to Florence to help develop new skiers in memory of our friend and family member Mike Roberts, who spent his winters skiing at Keyes Peak.”

Roberts’ sister, Linda McCraw-Tobin, attended the event along with extended family. Event sponsors were Granite Peak Ski Team, Keyes Peak Ski Hill Committee, Florence County Economic Development, Wild Rivers Interpretive Center and Florence County Forestry and Parks. Proceeds go to the Keyes Peak Ski Hill Committee for equipment upgrades.

In the morning, students were separated by skill level and paired with a coach for two hours of small-group ski lessons. After lunch, 26 students opted to race on the official NASTAR course.

The winner of the Mike Roberts Memorial Ski Race trophy with the fastest time of the day for the second year in a row was 14-year-old Logan Thompson of Florence, with a time of 20.78 seconds.

Girls’ winners were:

— Ages 8 to 9: Leah Baker, gold; Maddie Wolfe, silver; and Elianna Hensley, bronze.

— Ages 10 to 11: Adriana Thompson, gold; Emma Roltgen, silver; and Marissa Kranz, bronze.

— Ages 12 to 13: Eve Domaszek, gold.

— Ages 14 to 15: Sierra Ryan, gold; and Lauren Dranz, silver.

Boys’ winners were:

— Ages 5 and under: Griffin Chartier, gold.

— Ages 6 to 7: Elijah Laarman, gold; and Armin Stanglmaier, silver.

— Ages 8 to 9: Cooper Meyers, gold; Brennan McBride, silver; and Logan McCoy, bronze.

— Ages 10 to 11: Braydin Pearce, gold; Bradley Steber, silver; and Caleb Baker, bronze.

— Ages 12 to 13: Logan Markensteiner, gold; and Kaden Wallace, silver.

— Ages 14 to 15: Logan Thompson, gold.