Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Free heelers keep the Hawaiian spirit alive

Fine day for Baldy’s telemark finals

Mose Duchano, co-director of the Sun Valley Telemark Series, turns past Amber Marsh (right) during the human tandem slalom line that was part of Saturday’s Hawaiian Nationals event on Baldy. Photo by Roland Lane

     On a beautiful day, terrific spring spirit on Baldy meshed with some excellent telemark skiers and snowboarders to produce a memorable Hawaiian Nationals of the Sun Valley Telemark Series Saturday.

     The Men’s Telemark Elite winner with the best single run of the day was Neil Persons, 47, a telemark legend around Big Mountain and Whitefish, Mt. Persons made the U.S. Telemark Ski Team in 1995, inspired a bunch of Big Mountain free heelers to follow him.

     Yancy Caldwell and Amber Marsh clocked the fastest runs among snowboarders, while Jen King topped the Women’s Telemark Elite class.

     Team Idaho and Manly Men kept the Tandem Telemark Challenge alive down Warm Springs. Telemark Sport winners were Nicole Pelletier and Peter Vallimaresco.

     Check the April 23 Local Life for more telemark event photos. Results follow by class, best of two runs listed, times in seconds and hundredths:

       Men’s Snowboard: 1—Yancy Caldwell 21.87. 2—Miles Fink-Debray 22.81. 3—Cory Smith 23.01. 4—Zach Benson 24.01. 5—Mose Duchano 24.39. 6—Jim Slanetz 24.69. 7—Kyle Wright 25.45. 8—Scott Carlson 25.55. 9—Graham Watanabe 25.70. 10—Jeremy Black 25.71. 11—Zach Gerry 26.48. 12—Ashton Wilson 26.98. 13—Anders Pederson 27.87.

       Women’s Snowboard: 1—Amber Marsh 23.30. 2—Kami Doan 23.81. 3—Megan Jones 24.14. 4—Rachel Pale 24.31. 5—Melissa Keegan 25.58. 6—Cami Harrison 26.44. 7—Jill Parker 28.54.

       Men’s Telemark Elite: 1—Neil Persons 18.07. 2—Tyler Chandler 18.65. 3—John Anderson 19.36. 4—Conor Davis 19.48. 5—Erik Lisk 20.33. 6—Todd Mandeville 20.69. 7—Reed Stokes 21.04. 8—Graham Sours 21.62. 9—Brendan Coyle 21.69. DSQ—Buck Cobb.

       Women’s Telemark Elite: 1—Jen King 20.91. 2—Ronnie Rust 22.35. 3—Colleen Holle 24.60. 4—Amy Whittier 28.94.

       Men’s Telemark Sport: 1—Peter Vallimaresco 22.57. 2—Sven 23.98. 3—Nick Smith 24.26. 4—Julian Tyo 24.47. 5—Ben Young 25.52. 6—Mose Duchano 26.13. 7—Paul Holle 28.62. 8—Mike Altermatt 29.49. 9—Todd Krankkala 32.87. 10—Ashton Wilson 36.88.

       Women’s Telemark Sport: 1—Nicole Pelletier 23.19. 2—Maggie Hoffman 26.22. 3—Maggie Flood 27.60. 4—Nicole Lisk 27.79. 5—Brynn Clemons 35.00.

       Tandem: 1—Team Idaho 45.57. 2—Manly Men 58.06.



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