Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Mogul skiers fly through the weekend fog

Slopestyle event at Rotarun is a winner

Sun Valley Freestyle Ski Team M2 racer Tai Barrymore grabs some air during Sunday’s slopestyle event at Hailey’s Rotarun Ski Area. Barrymore posted a pair of second-place class finishes and was fourth and fifth overall on the day. Photo by Willy Cook

Weather turned out to be the greatest challenge for freestyle skiers from the Intermountain Division who converged on Baldy last weekend to face each other in moguls.

Dense fog hung over the course on Roundhouse Slope Friday and Saturday. Competitors waited out the fog and managed to get two days of single mogul competitions done.

Sun Valley alum, Shane Cordeau was the best of the men both days, winning the overall title. Sun Valley Freestyle Ski Team ski team Zana Davey had another terrific weekend taking second place overall on Friday and first place overall on Saturday.

On Sunday the Sun Valley team played host to its very first slopestyle event at Hailey's Rotarun Ski Area. And the weather again was a factor.

A welcome snowstorm made speed and visibility difficult but the competitors threw down their best stuff on a great slopestyle course built by Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation coaches and Rotarun mountain management.

Colter Brehmer, Tai Barrymore, Austin Moses and Ben Parker all finished in the top 10.

Sun Valley Freestyle Ski Team program director Andy Ware said, "It was a great weekend. It took a lot of patience and understanding to get it all done. My thanks to Sun Valley Company, SV Ski Patrol, Rotarun mountain management, and all the volunteers, parents and competitors for making it such a success."

Results by class and day:

Friday, Saturday moguls

F6: 1—Isabella Bourret (youngest competitor).

M6: 1—Alex Lafleur. 2—Jamie Rollerson. Saturday: 1—Rollerson.

F5: 2—Georgia Holmes. 3—McKenna Norris. Saturday: 2—Holmes.

M5: 1—Brody Buchwalter. 2—Sean Flaherty. 3—Wilson Dunn. 5—Braden Flaherty. 6—Dane Flaherty. Saturday: 1—Sean Flaherty. 2—Dunn. 3—Braden Flaherty. 4—Dane Flaherty.

F4: 1—Claire Siderman. 3—Alysha Herich. 4—Renee Shapiro. 5—Addison Holmes. Saturday: 5—Herich. 6—Holmes. 7—Siderman. 8—Shapiro.

M4: 2—Luke Robertson. 4—Zach Maricich-Siele. 5—Wyatt Wilson. 6—Chris Lentz. 7—River Kelly. 8—Illiah Pfau. 10—JT Neel. 11—Matthew McGraw. Saturday: 3—Wilson. 4—Lentz. 5—Pfau.

M3: 3—Joe Richardson. 7—Trevor Brand. 8—RJ Bracken. 9—Jake Flaherty. 10—Trevor Norris. Saturday: 3—Richardson. 5—Brand. 6—Norris. 7—Bracken. 10—Jake Flaherty.

F2: 1—Zana Davey (2nd overall). 2—Aunika Phillips (3rd overall). Saturday: 1—Davey (1st overall). 2—Phillips (4th overall).

M2: 4—Nathan Moses. 8—Parker Page. 9—William Eagan. Saturday: 4—Nathan Moses. 5—Eagan. 8—Page.

F1: 2—Kali Phillips (7th overall). Saturday: 1—Phillips (2nd overall).

M1: 2—Austin Bourret (non team member). Saturday: 1—Bourret (7th overall).

FS: 2—Lauren Phillips (6th overall). Saturday: 1—Phillips (7th overall).

MS (overall placings, all SV alumni): 1—Shane Cordeau. 7—Nic Hanscom. 13—Justin Peterson. Saturday: 1—Cordeau. 5—Kurtis Fieguth. 8—Peterson.

Sunday slopestyle, 2 events

M6: Jamie Rollerson (1st-1st).

M4: Zach Maricich-Siele (5th-3rd).

M3: Adam Vorsteveld (6th-6th) and Ben Parker (3rd-2nd, 8th and 10th overall).

M2: Tai Barrymore (2nd-2nd, 4th and 5th overall), Connor Braatz (8th-4th), Parker Page (9th-10th) and Nathan Moses (10th-7th).

M1: Colter Brehmer (1st-1st, 3rd and 3rd overall) and Austin Moses (2nd-2nd, 5th and 4th overall).

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