STOWE, Vt. — Dartmouth opened up the 2013 carnival season by skiing to a fourth-place finish in the giant slalom at Spruce Peak on the first day of the Vermont Carnival. The Big Green women amassed 111 points, second only to the host Catamounts, while the men mustered 78 points in fourth place, giving Dartmouth 189 for the day.

Conditions for skiing were surprisingly good considering the recent snow coupled with thawing weather. Youth ruled the slopes for the Big Green women with freshman Lizzie Kistler leading the team in fourth place with a two-run time of 2:08.69. Sophomore Aylin Woodward, who won a pair of Eastern Cup races last week at Stratton Mountain, was right on her heels in fifth place at 2:08.80, while another sophomore, Abby Fucigna, also finished in the top 10 with a time of 2:09.11, good for ninth.

Also racing for Dartmouth were freshman Sara Kikut (14th, 2:10.05) and junior Annie Rendall (17th, 2:10.43).

Much like the women, the skiers earning points for the men were two sophomore and a freshman. Coming in 11th place was sophomore Hunter Black in 2:04.67. The top Big Green rookie was Robert Overling in 19th with a combined time of 2:05.44, while sophomore Ben Morse placed 21st in 2:05.85. Freshman Martin Anguita, the Chilean national slalom champion, was the only other Dartmouth skier to finish both runs, tying for 34th with a time of 2:08.43.

Kate Ryley from Vermont posted the best time for the women by nearly two seconds at 2:05.65, while the men were paced by Middlebury’s David Donaldson in 2:02.72.

Vermont took the lead with 250 points between the men and women with New Hampshire a distant second at 200 even. Dartmouth sits just four points behind third-place Middlebury heading into the slalom on Saturday. The men hit the slopes first at 9 a.m. for the first run with the women an hour later. The second run begins at 12:30 p.m.