A great weekend at the Freestyle NorAm Finals-Two Ski & Snowboard Club Vail athletes win overall NorAm Series and earn invitation to US Freestyle Team for Next Season
Hundreds and hundreds of Ski & Snowboard Club Vail volunteer and staff hours in off-snow preparation and weeks and weeks of Ski & Snowboard Club Vail freestyle coach and athlete time building and rebuilding the moguls course on Cookshack are just a few of the things that went into creating a phenomenal experience for over 100 freestyle mogul athletes from around the world that competed in this past weekend’s Ascent Sotheby’s Vail Freestyle NorAm Finals. These finals hosted by Ski & Snowboard Club Vail were the culmination of a three part series which started in Stratton, Vermont, moved on to Val St. Come, Quebec and ended at Apex in British Columbia.
When asked about how the NorAm finals were going after the first day of competition, Ski & Snowboard Club Vail Freestyle Program Director and coach John Dowling shared, “I am very excited about the competitor field including a bronze medalist from the last Olympic Games and really strong competition from Australia and Canada.”
The NorAm Freestyle tour is conducted for the top U.S. and Canadian development skiers just below the World Cup level with additional positions for other foreign competitors. If the winner of the tour is a US athlete, this results in an invitation for them to join the US Freestyle Team next season. Ski & Snowboard Club Vail athletes Morgan Schild and Dylan Walczyk did just that, crowned winners of the series at a medal celebration at Solaris Plaza late Sunday afternoon.
Schild, still in high school, impressed throughout the NorAm tour. Dowling could not have been prouder as he recounted Morgan’s successes. It is clear she has a bright future in this sport, achieving this level of success at such a young age. A more seasoned veteran of the NorAm circuit, current Ski & Snowboard Club Vail athlete and US Freestyle Team member Dylan Walczyk is another source of great pride for Dowling. “It was an exciting day because there was so much riding on it” shared John on Saturday evening as he discussed these two SSCV athletes who won the NorAm series.
Not only did Dowling have athletes standing at the top of the podium at the series end, but he also reflected on the depth of the Ski & Snowboard Club Vail team. “It was great for the SSCV freestyle team to have so many of our athletes involved in the event.” John went on to name the SSCV athletes who competed this past weekend: Hannah Miles, Morgan Schild, Erin Coyne, Taryn Baker, Lindsey Eckhoff, Emerson Smith, Dylan Walczyk, Alex DeBonville, Chris Leseur, Matt Leseur and Hunter Bailey.
SSCV athletes enjoyed some personal bests right here on home turf. It was a great weekend event with a festive atmosphere and great viewing at Cookshack. With much gratitude Dowling shared, “It is really great to have the backing of Vail Resorts to be able to have these kinds of events to support our athletes.”
Nordic Ski & Snowboard Club Vail/DU Invitational at Maloit Park Nordic Trails this Past Weekend
The Maloit Park Nordic Trails saw a wide array of Nordic athletes competing at the Nordic Ski & Snowboard Club Vail/DU Invitational. This event hosted by Ski & Snowboard Club Vail took place this past Friday and Saturday in Minturn.
The invitational served as a Nordic RMISA event for collegiate athletes. The Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association (RMISa) is the official association for college and university NCAA skiing teams in the Rocky Mountain region. It is comprised of seven NCAA Division I institutions and one NAIA institution from seven states stretching from Alaska to New Mexico.
Racing alongside these collegiate athletes were U16, U18 and U20 athletes competing in their Rocky Mountain Division Junior National Qualifier. Starts among the RMISA and JNQ athletes were ranked by FIS points.
Nordic athletes U14 and below also participated in the Invitational, working to secure points in the Colorado Cup. At the start of the Invitational the SSCV Nordic team was sitting in second place.
On Friday, Top finishers among the collegiate athletes were Rune Malo Oedegaard of the University of Colorado for the men and Cappel Makayla of the University of Denver for the women.
Ski & Snowboard Club Vail Nordic Program Director Dan Weiland shared, “It was great to see this wide age range of athletes compete on the same tracks for the past two days. The younger athletes were truly inspired by the collegiate crew. It is always good for the collegiate athletes to realize what role models they are to those newer to the sport than them.”
“Great weather, fantastic snow conditions and an enthusiastic crew of volunteers, athletes and parents made for an excellent event”, continued Weiland. “I am really proud of all the SSCV athletes and their accomplishments at the Invitational.”
Below are SSCV’s top 5 performances by age class in classic on Friday. For a complete list of results go to www.fourcornerstiming.com.
Ian Boucher-1st MU20 (21st overall in MSR, MU23, MU20, MU18) in the 10k
Parker McDonald-4th MU20 (30th overall in MSR, MU23, MU20, MU18) in the 10k
Hannah Hardenbergh-2nd WU18 21st overall (in the FSR, FU23, FU20, FU18) in the 5k
Nolan Herzog-1st MU16 in the 5k
Annie Blakslee-4th FU16 in the 5k
Gracie Shanlie-2nd WU14 in the 3k
Molly Blakslee-2nd WU12 in the 3k
KJ Hardenbergh-3rd WU12 in the 3k
Conner Wilson-1st MU10 in the 2k
Ian Rogers-5th MU10 in the 2k
Cora Wilson-2nd-FU8 in the 2k
On Saturday, top finishers among the collegiate athletes were Rune Malo Oedegaard of the University of Colorado for the men and Eva Severrus of the University of New Mexico for the women.
Below are SSCV’s top 5 performances by age class in freestyle on Saturday. For a complete list of results go to www.fourcornerstiming.com.
Ian Boucher-1st MU20 in the 5k
Parker McDonald-2nd MU20 in the 5k
Nolan Herzog-3rd MU16 in the 5k
Hannah Hardenbergh-2nd WU18 (in the FU20, FU18. FU16) in the 5k
Maddie Donovan-4th WU16 (in the FU20, FU18. FU16) in the 5k
Ian Hardenbergh-2nd MU14 in the 3k
Collin Wilson-5th MU14 in the 3k
Gracie Shanlie-2nd FU14 in the 3k
Conner Wilson-4th MU10 in the 2k
Cora Wilson-2nd FU8 in the 2k
If your athletes have been taking their gear elsewhere for tuning this season and you’d like to give the SSCV Tune Shop another try, well, the Tune Shop welcomes the opportunity to earn back your business by matching pricing with any other shop in the Vail Valley! This offer is, however, only available through Sunday 4/13/14 and includes post-season ski re-preparation for summer camp training during the end of April after Vail Mountain has closed.
There are many Championship Series races coming up over the coming weeks, and now is the time to review equipment to ensure bases are flat, accurate and “true” and that bevels are appropriate and consistent (especially if equipment has not had a grind completed during the season so far!).
The Tune Shop also has the capacity to race prep skis for upcoming races. The cost for a race prep is the same as the cost for an edge & wax – $25. For the race prep we are ensuring edges are in top condition with Wintersteiger Trim Jet and/or diamond file hand work to get edges up to speed. The final touch is a race-day appropriate race wax application that is sure to give every athlete a little extra speed in the course. Don’t forget turn-around time for Race Prep is generally the same as other service – 48 hours.
For any questions about price inquiries, logistics, or race prep service, please contact Equipment Manager Brian Eggleton at email@example.com.
Ski & Snowboard Club Vail
Alpine, Moguls, Freeski and Snowboard
Try the Club Day
Sunday, March 2, 2014
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
We hope you can join us for Ski & Snowboard Club Vail’s Try the Club Day, a great way to learn more about our season-long competition programs and meet SSCV athletes and staff.
o Alpine, freestyle (mogul), freeski and snowboard athletes who can comfortably free ski or ride Golden Peak and are age 6 and older. Skiers and riders must be experienced loading the lift and skiers must be comfortable skiing with poles.
o ski or ride with Ski & Snowboard Club Vail (SSCV) in an age and skill appropriate setting to learn more about SSCV’s season-long training and competition programs and meet SSCV staff and athletes
o alpine, freestyle (moguls), freeski and snowboard groups available on March 2
o March 2, 2014
o 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
o Vail Mountain
o meet outside behind the Ski & Snowboard Club Vail Clubhouse located at 598 Vail Valley Drive at Golden Peak
o participants must arrive promptly at 9:00 am ready to ski or ride so they don’t miss their group
o The parking lot at the Ski & Snowboard Club Vail Clubhouse at Golden Peak is for pick up and drop off only. Please park at the Vail Village public parking structure or other available Vail public parking locations.
What’s required prior to athlete taking part in Try the Club Day
o RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information by FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 28
o Athlete Name
o Athlete Snowsport they want to try that day (select and circle one): Alpine Freestyle (moguls) Freeski Snowboard
o Athlete Year of Birth
o Parent Name
o Parent Phone Number
o SSCV Liability Release
o Click here to (i) complete and sign electronically or (ii) print, complete, sign and return a hard copy (a) to Ski & Snowboard Club Vail, 598 Vail Valley Drive, Vail, CO 81657 or (b) via e-mail at email@example.com
o Warm clothes
o Skis and poles or snowboard
o Vail Mountain Ski Pass or Lift Ticket