In an event won by American Noelle Pikus-Pace, the two Australians performed consistently on the demanding 1.34 kilometre course, with Steele in fifth place, and Chaffer eighth.
Following last weekend’s opening round of the season, in which Steele finished a brilliant third, and team-mate Chaffer was ninth, the two sliders were feeling confident heading into round two.
Steele set the fourth fastest time on her first run, with a time off 50.20 seconds, but couldn’t quite match that effort on the run to the finish, clocking 50.55 seconds, the 11th quickest time.
This put her in fifth place in a field of 24 sliders, just a hundredth of a second behind fourth placed Shelley Rudman from the UK.
“I was happy with my result today,” Steele said.
“It was a very close race on this track. We are progressing and getting some strong results early in the season that we will continue to build off.
“I made some mistakes on the second run that I can learn from going forward.”
The Australians have been working hard on their preparation and consistency heading into this year’s season, and Chaffer proved this by setting identical times of 50.48 seconds on both her runs.
While her start times were slightly slower than Steele’s, she managed a higher top speed, clocking 129.60 km/h on her first run.
Australian coach, Eric Bernotas, was pleased with the team’s second top 10 finish in succession.
“Another very solid result and hard work progression through the week,” he said.
“The goal was set for consistent and solid finishes, that we would be continually be learning from and building on. There are always little things that can be fixed on the track, nonetheless the big picture and the execution displayed by the team is strong.”
Two top 10 results have both Australians well placed in the overall World Cup rankings, with Steele in equal third place, while Chaffer is seventh.
Australia's male World Cup competitor, NSWIS individual scholarship athlete John Farrow, finished in 24th place.
Bobsleigh - Radjenovic/Pittman 14th in Park City
The Australian women's bobsleigh team of Astrid Radjenovic and Jana Pittman have recorded a promising 14th place in the World Cup event in Park City, UT, USA.
The pair finished 1.68 seconds behind the event winners, Elana Meyers and Aja Evans of the USA.
A second event in Park City also took place, with Ebony Gorincu this time partnering Radjenovic. The pair finished in 17th place.
Round three of the FIBT Bobsleigh and Skeleton World Cup will be held in Lake Placid, USA, next weekend.