Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Freestylers show stuff on Baldy this weekend

Moguls, pipe and slopestyle contests

It's time for the Sun Valley Freestyle Spectacular, a four-day Intermountain Division junior competition hosted by the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation's Freestyle Team on Baldy and Dollar Mountain.

Slopestyle is Thursday, Jan. 27 at 10:30 a.m. on Dollar Mountain, followed by halfpipe Friday, Jan. 28, also at 10:30 a.m. on Baldy's Warm Springs halfpipe course.

The weekend features moguls on Baldy's Roundhouse Slope—single moguls Saturday and moguls/dual moguls wrapping it up Sunday, also with a 10:30 a.m. starting time. Awards will be presented each day at the conclusion of the competitions.

Andy Ware, SVSEF Freestyle Program Director, said teams from Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and Utah are due.

He thanked Sun Valley mountain operations and his dedicated coaching staff for preparing the Roundhouse Slope course after recent rain turned Race Arena, the originally scheduled venue, into "a glacier."

Recent out-of-state meets

Sun Valley freestylers tuned up for their home meet at the Northern Division Snow Bowl near Missoula, Mt. Jan. 15-16. Head mogul coach Joey Cordeau and assistant coach Christine Cordeau took 17 athletes to Missoula for the contest.

Highlights included M2 racer Trevor Hattabaugh winning the aerials and slopestyle events, overall, and stomping tricks like a huge "Flat 3" and a "Corked 7."

In the Jan. 16 single moguls at Sunrise Bowl, Hannah Haupt (2nd F1) led SVSEF girls in second place overall of 21 skiers, trailing race winner Aunika Phillips, a former SVSEF racer. Haupt (2-F1) was fourth in the Jan. 17 dual moguls.

Trevor Norris extended his streak of top-10 finishes to four-in-a-row with an eighth place overall out of 57 finishers in the Jan. 16 single moguls. He was the second M2, and Norris was also fifth in duals. Placing fifth overall in the Jan. 16 and Jan. 17 single moguls was Austin Bourret, now of Park City. He won the duals.

M3 Cutter Grathwohl also had a solid result in dual moguls, tying for the M3 victory and placing ninth.

Zana Davey made the podium in the Jan. 17 single moguls, in third place and the second F1. She trailed second-place Phillips and was one spot ahead of Haupt. In sixth place in the Monday single moguls was Claire Siderman (3-F3), who made the podium in dual moguls in third place overall and the second F3.

Sun Valley's Alysha Herich was fifth overall in duals (3-F3) and also fifth in the Sunday singles (2-F3). Parker Nance was the second F4 in 15th place in Sunday's singles.

Other SVSEF skiers were Class M1 Parker Page; M2 RJ Bracken; M3s River Curtis, Jackson Toothman, Hayes Gilman, Zac Maricich Siele and Matthew McGraw.

Among the top SVSEF results in slopestyle and moguls Jan. 21-23 at The Canyons and Park City, Utah were a J5 boys podium sweep and Sean Flaherty 5th overall (2nd class). Other results reported were:

Slopestyle—Alysha Herich 3rd overall/1st J3; Parker Nance 14th overall/3rd J4; Trevor Hattabaugh 4th overall/2nd J2; Alex LaFleur 2nd J5; Jamie Rollerson and Blake Harmon 3rd J5.

Moguls—Claire Siderman 1st J3 (15th overall) and Austin Bourret 2nd overall; Luke Rizzo 1st J5; Fallon Flaherty and Jamie Rollerson 2nd J5; Alex LaFleur 3rd J5; and Hunter Diehl 4th J5.

Also, Morgan Shaver 4th J2 (14th overall), Alysha Herich 4th J3 (18th overall), Trevor Hattabaugh and RJ Bracken 21st and 22nd overall, and Trevor Norris 24th overall featuring an unplanned front flip just before the finish.

Eastern skiers, Aussies and some of the Intermountain Division's best packed Sunday's duals moguls competition run after six inches of new snow. Norris dueled to 8th, Bracken skied two runs and tied for 9th, and Hattabaugh had a tough draw losing a tight match to Australian James Campbell.

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