STOWE, Vt. — Dartmouth opened up the 2014 carnival season by skiing to a second-place finish in the giant slalom at Spruce Peak on the first day of the Vermont Carnival. The Big Green men and women both were edged by host Vermont, the women by a single point (107-106) and the men by 14 (127-113). New Hampshire finished the day in third 183 points behind the Catamounts (234) and Dartmouth (219).

The slopes were in fine condition following several accumulations and the recent freeze, making for fast runs. Sophomore Lizzie Kistler (Santa Rosa, Calif.) had a strong first run in 1:02.78, the fifth fastest among the competition. The second time down was even better at 1:02.35 for a combined time of 2:06.13, which placed on the podium in third behind Vermont’s Kate Ryley (2:02.71) and Harvard’s Rebecca Nadler (2:03.51).

Dartmouth placed two others among the top 11 in sophomores Anne Strong (Loveland, Colo.), who took eighth in 2:07.51, and Sara Kikut (Burlington, Vt.), who claimed 11th place with a time of 2:08.29. Classmate Maisie Ide (Minneapolis, Minn.) wasn’t far behind in 14th place at 2:08.93.

While the women had a trio of skiers in the top 11, the men placed four. Leading the way was sophomore Robert Overing (Rothesay, N.B.) in second to earn a spot on the podium. He was one of just three skiers to finish the course in under a minute, and one of two to accomplish the feat on both runs. His times of 59.95 and 59.78 seconds put him at a total of 1:59.73, second to only Vermont’s Dominique Garand’s 1:58.88.

In seventh place was a rookie in freshman Dylan Brooks (Mammoth Lakes, Calif.) with nearly identical times to come in at 2:01.93. Junior Ben Morse (Carrabassett Valley, Maine) placed ninth thanks to his combined time of 2:02.34, while another Dylan took 11th in junior Dylan Fisher McCarney (Toronto, Ont.), who completed his two runs in 2:02.94. Also competing for the men was senior captain Mathieu Bertrand (Montreal, Quebec) who finished in 22nd with a time of 2:04.78.

The slalom will begin on Saturday morning, while the remainder of the carnival featuring the Nordic events will take place on Feb. 1-2.