Alex Perkins, a senior at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School, captured a silver medal at the NASTAR National Championship held at Steamboat Ski Resort in Colorado in late March.
This is Alex’s first time to the podium at a NASTAR National Championship, and the first time competing at a national level for the 18-year old son of Debbie and Bill Perkins of Fair Haven.
Alex claimed the second place finish in his age group of 18-20, with a time of 21.475. Alex qualified for this National competition with a gold medal victory at the NASTAR Eastern Regional Championship, held at Okemo Mountain in Vermont this past January.
Close to 1,000 of the top-ranked skiers from across the nation raced during two days of competition. Olympians A.J. Kitt and Casey Puckett were the pace setters for the Championship Race in which Alex competed, while Olympian Ted Ligety and other members of the U.S. Ski Team were on hand to present the medals to the winners atop the podium.
Alex has earned gold medals at the last two NASTAR Regional Championships and has qualified for Nationals seven times during the past eight years. He plans to continue pursuing his passion for ski racing while attending Brookdale Community College next year.