Alaskans lead Vermont to carnival title (Skiing)

February 5, 2011

For the first time since 2006, the University of Vermont ski team celebrated on home snow.

The Catamounts prevailed in their own carnival at Trapp Family Lodge thanks in large part to their Alaska connection, especially Caitlin Patterson of Anchorage.

The two-time All-American continued her unbeaten junior season after sweeping the women’s races, running her undefeated streak to four races.

Patterson won the women’s 15-K classic race with Alaska teammate Amy Glen of Anchorage second. Both skiers just returned from the World Junior Championships in Estonia.

Patterson, of South High fame, made it a clean sweep with a victory in the 5-K skate race.

Glen used to ski at UAA before transferring to Vermont, where her grandparents attended school.

Scott Patterson of Anchorage won the men’s 10-K freestyle race, three seconds over a Dartmouth dude.

Just a freshman, he is no stranger to the winner’s circle as a three-time Alaska State Skimeister at South High.

The University of Vermont will host the NCAA Championships next month.