The Colorado ski program opened the first of the two-day New Mexico Invitational on Saturday and swept the slalom races to help launch the Buffaloes into first-place team.

For the second of now three team meets this season, CU swept the top spot in both the men's and women's slalom races. Ola Johansen won his third race of the season, second in the slalom, while Tonje Trulsrud also notched a second slalom victory in 2018. The duo where both victorious in the slalom at the Montana State Invitational back on Jan. 8.

The Buffalo men's and women's alpine teams both came out on top of their respective leaderboards in the slalom races that were held at the Red River Ski Area.

On the Nordic side, Colorado placed third in both the men's and women's races that are being held in Crested Butte due to local ski conditionals at the originally scheduled facility Enchanted Forest Ski Area in New Mexico.

With Trulsrud winning the race and Nora Christensen's third place finish, Colorado ran away on the women's side to win the event with 93 points, a 21-point margin of victory.

The CU men finished third in the 21K freestyle race with 72 points, as Utah ran away by claiming 100 points on the backing of first-, second- and eighth-place finishes. Denver earned 76 points, to beat out CU by four for second place.


For the second time in her young career, sophomore Anne Siri Lervik was the top CU finisher in the 21K freestyle race. She came in fifth place in the women's race and was followed in a tie for eighth place by junior Christina Rolandsen and 10th by senior Ane Johnsen.