The last of the elite races was held today on the slopes of Snowbird and Park City. From now on Utah Winter Games skiing will be left to masters, juniors and cross-country enthusiasts.
In Thursday's races, two new faces popped up at the top of both the men's and women's events.At Snowbird, Michelle Buron of the Rocky Mountain Division skied to a first place in the women's slalom. Her two-run time was 2:22.79.
Second was Stephanie Palmer of Park City with a time of 2:22.89, and third was Megan Gerety of Sun Valley, in 2:23.49. Gerety won the women's GS on Tuesday.
The University of Utah women, who have been so strong all week, took a break from racing on Thursday to record some school-work time.
In Park City, Jeff Sarchett of Sun Valley joined the series late but came up with a narrow win in the men's giant slalom. Sarchett beat Alf Wold, a BYU student from Norway, by a little more than half a second on two runs - 2:36.26 to 2:36.83.
Third was Henrik Smith-Meyer, a former Ute. Smith-Meyer's time was 2:37.26.
The two groups finished up their series with the women skiing another slalom at Snowbird and the men a second GS at Park City.
The Winter Games continue Saturday with a cross-country race, juniors' and masters' ski races and ice hockey. The Games end on Sunday.