For fans, a dual slalom race can be one of the most exciting events in winter sports, often coming down to fractions of a second and resulting in photo finish after photo finish.

For the competitors, the races can be intense as they consistently need to keep calm and not panic when falling behind, a skill that takes years to master.

In standard thrilling fashion, the World Pro Ski Tour opened its 2023 season at Howelsen Hill on Friday, Jan. 6. In its previous three trips to Steamboat Springs, results have shown favor to tour veterans, but it was the rookies who showed out on Friday.

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