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SVSEF Skiers and Snowboarders Fight Through Wet Snow and Fog
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Skiers and boarders fought through wet snow and fog to compete in the first skier/boardercross competition ever held on Bald Mountain.
   
Saturday, February 10, 2024
 

BY LIZ CHAMBERLAIN

PHOTOS by SUN VALLEY SKI EDUCATION FOUNDATION

The USASA Big Mountain West Series rolled into Sun Valley this past weekend with a symphony of rain, sleet, slush, and snow to set the stage for an action-packed weekend at the Baldy Boardercross and Dollar Slopestyle.

The weekend included another standout success for the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation  Snowboard Breaker Girls who swept the podium at three of the eight events, taking full advantage of the home hills. 

 
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Skiers hit the rails on Dollar Mountain.
 

More than 30 athletes from the SVSEF Snowboard, AlpineX, and Freestyle teams showed up at Warm Springs on a drippy Thursday and Friday to compete in the first-ever boardercross competition on Baldy. The coaches and mountain staff played a huge role in making sure the course was rideable for all athletes. 

“This was a major effort by all the parties involved to get this track up and running with the conditions that we've had,” said SVSEF Snowboard Director Andy Gilbert. “I can't say enough about our partnership with Sun Valley Company and with the Big Mountain West Snowboard and Freeski Series.This took all the disciplines at SVSEF (Alpine, Freeski and Snowboard) all working in concert; a true team effort!” 

While portions of the race inevitably became a fog-laden crash course, the athletes took this as an opportunity to have fun and get out of their comfort zones.

“This weekend is very important to riders and skiers in the Series as it is the only cross event that can qualify kids to the national championships,” said Gilbert.

 
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A snowboarder catches air.
 

Come Saturday, the skies cleared to grace the Dollar slopestyle with moments of clarity. The course sequence included two rail sections sandwiching two jumps in the middle and an s-rail to polish off the bottom half.

Athletes from all age brackets brought their A-game. The SVSEF teams leaned into their hometown advantage and laid down massive tricks with no shortage of style and technicality woven into big airs and rail lines. 

This weekend marked a huge success for the SVSEF Snowboard Breaker Girls & Freeski Breaker Boys, sweeping podiums on Day 1 and Day 2 for their respective age categories. For the snowboard girls, Naomi Gorringe took the top spot; Vivian Smith, second, and Camille Armeen, third. The podium repeated on Day 2.

Emmett Crist placed first; Barret Beyer, second, and Leo Hayes, third, for the Freeski boys on Day 1. 

 
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Dollar Mountain featured some impressive snow features.
 

While the entire team put on impressive performances, Callie Allen brought her quintessential seamless style and fluidity to the table, landing first on the podium on both competition days, and Rylan Olson stood out against stiff competition from Jackso, Wyo., in the Breaker category. 

“On Saturday Rylan threw a Cab 540 and a back 360 as well as rail tricks that forced everyone to take notice! Rylan finished just off the top spot in second in what we would call a Breakout result,” said Gilbert. “He’s a great kid and works super hard. This has been building for him and he deserves to enjoy it!

Day 2 set the stage for another exciting show, with bigger airs and consistent flow throughout course sequences. Five of the Freeski athletes took Top 3 spots on both comp days: Zeppelin Pilaro took first and Kai Van Bueren took second in the Youth Men’s category; Finn Wolfrom, first, and George Corkery, second, for Junior Men, and Anton Holter, first for Open Class Men. Crist and Beyer made their way to the podium for the second day for the Breaker Boys category, with Crist landing first and Beyer taking third. 

Coach Gui Brown expressed his pride for the team: “I saw some superb runs and some serious progression! Our athletes are pushing themselves and folks are taking notice. Needless to say, the coaches are extremely proud of this squad and the direction they are headed.” 

 
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Competitors went head over heels.
 

To wrap up the weekend, the Beverly Hay Snowboard Cup was awarded to two top athletes for best overall performance - Naomi Gorringe of SVSEF for the women and Ace Emery of JHSC for the men. 

“This is the 25th year the Beverly Hay Cup has been awarded and it's always a special moment for the snowboard community,” said Gilbert. “Beverly was on hand this year to help award the trophy, which went to Ace Emery from Jackson Hole and repeating cup winner, Naomi Gorringe from SVSEF!” 

Past winners of the cup include Olympic gold medalist Kaitlyn Farrington and two-time Olympian Graham Watanabe, along with a host of riders who have gone on to notable careers in snowboarding. The cup is named for Beverly (Hay) DeChevrieux, a former SVSEF board member and constant supporter of the Snowboard Program at SVSEF.

COMPETITION CONTINUES THIS WEEKEND:

SVSEF athletes are taking part this weekend in the Roundhouse Rumble and the Laura Flood Memorial Race.

The Roundhouse Rumble features Singles Mogul competition from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. today on Roundhouse Slope. It concludes from 10:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday with Dual Moguls.

The 33rd annual Laura Flood Memorial Race, an IMC U16 qualifier, takes place from 9 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. today—Saturday, Feb. 10--on Hemingway and Greyhawk. It concludes from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday.

Baldy Boardercross Snowboard Results: 

Race 1:

Menehune Girls 11-12

3rd - Scout Bilbro

Breaker Girls 13-14

2nd - Vivian Smith 

4th - Naomi Gorringe 

5th - Camille Armeen 

Breaker Boys 13-14

4th - Rylan Olson 

8th - Bixby Swanger 

Menehune Boys 11-12

2nd - Liam Romero 

Youth Men 15-16

3rd- Uzzi Almaras 

Race 2:

Menehune Girls 11-12

3rd - Scout Bilbro

Breaker Girls 13-14

1st - Naomi Gorringe 

2nd - Camille Armeen 

4th - Vivian Smith 

Breaker Boys 13-14

5th - Rylan Olson 

Youth Men 15-16

2nd - Uzzi Almaras 

Race 3:

Menehune Girls 11-12

4th - Scout Bilbro 

Breaker Girls 13-14

1st - Naomi Gorringe 

3rd - Vivian Smith 

5th - Camille Armeen 

Breaker Boys 13-14

4th - Bixby Swanger

8th - Rylan Olson 

Menehune Boys 11-12

2nd - Liam Romero

3rd - Bolden Enoch

4th - Quin Enoch 

Youth Men 15-16

2nd - Uzzi Almaras 

Race 4:

Menehune Girls 11-12

3rd - Scout Bilbro

Breaker Girls 13-14

1st- Naomi Gorringe

2nd - Vivian Smith

3rd- Camille Armeen

Breaker Boys 13-14

4th - Rylan Olson 4th

9th - Charlie Theobald 

Menehune Boys 11-12

1st - Quin Enoch

2nd - Bolden Enoch

Youth Men 15-16

3rd - Uzzi Almaras

Dollar Mountain Slopestyle Results 

Freeski Day 1:

Breaker Boys 

1st - Emmett Crist

2nd - Barrett Beyer

3rd - Leo Hayes

Breaker Girls 

2nd - Blue Allen

Junior Men 

1st - Finn Wolfrom

2nd - George Corkery

Youth Men

1st - Zeppelin Pilaro

2nd - Kai Van Bueren

Open Class Men

1st - Anton Holter

Freeski Day 2:

Breaker Boys 

1st - Emmett Crist

3rd - Leo Hayes

Youth Men  

1st - Zeppelin Pilaro

2nd - Kai Van Bueren

Junior Men

1st - Finn Wolfrom 

2nd - George Corkery 

Open Class Men

1st - Anton Holter

Snowboard Day 1: 

Menehune Boys 11-12

3rd - Liam Romero

4th - Bolden Enoch

Breaker Girls 13-14

1st - Naomi Gorringe

2nd - Vivian Smith

3rd - Camille Armeen 

Breaker Boys 13-14

2nd - Rylan Olson 

7th - Charlie Theobald 

9th - Miles Hatzenbuehler 

10th - Bixby Swanger 

Youth Women 15-16

1st - Callie Allen

Youth Men 15-16

9th - Karsen Miller

Snowboard Day 2: 

Menehune Boys 11-12

4th - Liam Romero 

5th - Bolden Enoch 

Breaker Girls 13-14

1st - Naomi Gorringe

2nd - Vivian Smith

3rd - Camille Armeen

Breaker Boys 13-14

4th - Rylan Olson 

7th - Bixby Swanger 

8th - Miles Hatzenbuehler

9th - Charlie Theobald 

Youth Women 15-16

1st- Callie Allen 

Youth Men 15-16

7th - Karsen Miller 

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