WATERVILLE VALLEY — Canadian National Ski Team member Phil Brown won the White Mountain Dual Challenge on Sunday, taking home a check for $8,500 while also boosting his spot in the World Pro Ski Tour‘s rankings.
Brown beat Michael Ankeny by differentials of .524 seconds on the Blue course and .75 seconds on the Red course. Ankeny, a member of the United States Ski Team from Wayzata, Minn., was assessed the maximum differential in the second heat because he fell on the Red course.
“It was very challenging today with the routes, but I was super pumped,” said Brown, who is likely to replace Garrett Driller atop the WPST leader board.
Brown, who has previously competed in NorAm races at Waterville Valley, said the overall conditions were very good Sunday and that he and his fellow racers quickly realized that the Blue course “was a little slower and everybody adjusted.”
Tim Smith, who is Waterville Valley’s general manager, said the resort was thrilled to be hosting a WSPT event for a second consecutive year.
The race featured 31 competitors from five countries — the U.S., Canada, Sweden, Russia and France — among whom several were from the Granite State. That group included Dartmouth College students as well as Alec Tarberry of North Conway, who was the top finisher from the state and made it into the Round of 16; Peter Ankeny of Portsmouth; Laura Halupowski, of North Conway and Sam Damon of Holderness.
Halupowski was one of three women who competed Sunday.
US Olympian Nolan Kasper of Warren, Vt., who was the 2018 White Mountain Dual Challenge champion, failed to defend his crown or to even earn a spot on the four-place podium. Robert Cone, of Killington, Vt., placed third and won $2,000, while Kei Kullberg of Cornwall, N.Y., was fourth and won $1,500.