Rain, ice, 40 inches of snow and 71 mph winds didn’t discourage six Northwest Indiana ski racers from competing at the NASTAR National Giant Slalom Championships at Squaw Valley, California. The annual races, held March 21-24, had difficult racing conditions that caused some racing venues to be moved because high winds closed the top half of the mountain. As a result, the Indiana racers had to deal with ice, snow, wind and visibility issues.
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Pete Resetar, Chesterton, and Jack Anderson, Porter, both overcame these conditions to win gold medals in their divisions. Dave Hubinger, Crown Point, won silver. The other local racers included Bill Stover, Bill Leavitt and Henry Bottando, all of Valparaiso. Hubinger and Leavitt have qualified and competed for the past 10 years. All six are members of the Duneland Ski Club.