Area AVSC competitors run gates, ride rails
At the second USASA halfpipe event of the season in the Aspen/Snowmass series, skiers and snowboarders went big in the renowned venue that recently hosted Winter X Games competitors.
Aspen Valley Ski & snowboard Club freeskier Kai Morris of No Name was among those Feb. 9 winners. Morris, 9, made it a perfect weekend after also nailing his run and finishing first in Saturday’s Sunlight Rail Jam. This was also a USASA-sanctioned event.
Morris is coming off wins in the Snowmass halfpipe during the Rocky Mountain Freeski Championships two weeks ago.
Joining him on the podium in the recent Buttermilk competitions were Richard Argueta, Zane Hanlon, Nolan Johnson, Dawson Hodgson, Joey Lang and Ryder Bollock of Carbondale.
AVSC Snowboard Director Tyler Lindsay praised the riding skills of the young — and not so young (the event includes open classes where adults may participate) — competitors at the renowned X Games venue.
“You can really see a path of progression between these athletes and the riders currently competing in Sochi,” Lindsay said.
Local competitors were certainly busy last weekend. A large field of alpine skiers aged under-10 and older raced in four slalom races at Aspen Highlands during the Bolle Age Class events Feb. 8 and 9. Teams from Sunlight, Vail, Breckenridge, Summit, and Powderhorn vied with AVSC athletes on the Lower Thunderbowl venue.
The McSwain sisters, Summer and Devan, each won races. Allyson Cornelius had two visits to the podium as well.
Meanwhile, AVSC’s U16 alpine team competed for four days at Copper Mountain and Winter Park during qualifying events for the junior championships that concluded Feb. 11.
Included on AVSC’s Junior Championships team is Cooper Cornelius of Glenwood Springs, whose top-10 finishes over the four-day event included seventh and ninth place in giant slalom races and a 10th place in a slalom.
The Marriott U16 Junior Championships for U16 alpine skiers begin March 9 in Steamboat Springs.
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