Peterson is currently third in the women’s giant slalom rankings, but just 18 points behind Ali Nullmeyer for second place. The top two in the rankings earn World Cup starts for the next season, and a strong showing at the NorAm Finals could boost Peterson ahead of Nullmeyer for one of those coveted two spots. During the carnival season, Peterson won the giant slalom three times this winter and was in position to take a trip to the podium at the NCAAs, but fell during her second run, denying her All-America status for a second straight year in the event. She made up for it two days later by finishing third in the slalom (in which she is ranked 22nd in NorAm) to garner first-team honors.
Also competing for the women are freshman Stephanie Currie, who is ranked 11th in the slalom and 13th in the GS, plus sophomores Alexa Dlouhy (20th in slalom, 55th in GS), Hannah Melinchuk (38th, 32nd) and Audrey O’Brien (unranked). The slalom takes place today and tomorrow at Val St. Come, while the giant slalom two-day event begins on Sunday at Mont Garceau. Dlouhy was a second-team All-American in the slalom at the NCAA Championships thanks to placing sixth.
The men will compete at Mont St. Marie over the same four days, and Dartmouth’s top-ranked skier in either event is freshman Tanguy Nef in the slalom (11th). While the Swiss native is 39th in the giant slalom, the Big Green have junior Brian McLaughlin racing, who is 21st in the event (25th in GS). Also competing from Dartmouth will be senior Thomas Woolson (43rd slalom, 35th GS) and Prescott McLaughlin (unranked), as well as freshmen David Domonoske and Clayton Kirwood (both unranked).