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Photos and news from Flathead Valley Ski  Education Foundation 

WHITEFISH — Polson siblings Otto and Greta Lund have been making the trip to Whitefish Mountain Resort every weekend to train for ski racing with the Flathead Valley Ski Education Foundation (FVSEF) team for the past several winters. Their persistence has paid off with some outstanding results this year. 

Over the 2021-22 winter, Otto won four of seven slaloms in the Under 16 (U16) age class, three of five giant slaloms, and three of six super-g’s. Greta skied her way onto the podium in the U14 age class nine times, with four podiums including two wins in super-g, one podium in giant slalom, and four podiums including one win in slalom.

Both qualified to represent the Northern Division team at regional championship events this March. Western Region championships include competitors from the Far West (California and Nevada), Pacific Northwest (Washington, Oregon, northern Idaho), Alaska, Intermountain (Utah, southern Idaho, southern Wyoming), and Northern divisions (Montana, western South Dakota, northern Wyoming). 

Otto Lund was one of just four Northern Division boys who raced in the Under 16 (U16) Western Regional Championships held March 14-17 in Big Sky. The FVSEF team also qualified three girls for the U16 championships including Kellie Klepper and Raiya McCutcheon from Whitefish and Melody McNalley from Columbia Falls. Greta Lund was one of eight Northern Division girls who competed at the U14 Wester Regional Championships held March 24-27 at Mammoth Mountain, California. The FVSEF team also qualified Jackson Surber from Missoula and Sydney McPhie and Lola Zinser from Whitefish for the Mammoth races. FVSEF teammate and fellow Polson Pirate Jordon Jurasek also qualified for and raced in the U18 Western Regional Junior Championships held March 12-17 at Mission Ridge near Wenatchee, Washington.

The Northern Division recognized Otto at their annual end of year awards ceremony last weekend in Bridger Bowl. For the season long Gold Cup which is open to all Senior (21 and older), U21, U19, and U16 age classes, Otto was second in the overall standings and received a scholarship of $300. 

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