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Home-course knowledge led to numerous podium spots for the Silver Star Freestyle Ski Club as they hosted the recent B.C. Timber Tour Freestyle Ski Series.
More than 180 athletes aged 6-18 competed. On the mogul course, Hayden Person and Courtenay MacDonald resumed their strong seasons, taking home bronze medals in the men’s and women’s 13 and under age groups, respectively.
Patrick Dew narrowly missed the podium in fourth (men’s 14-15) and Jamieson Gordon-Mason put in her bid for most improved skier with fifth in women’s 14-15. Also landing in the top-10 were Elena Gaskell (5th) and Jamie Rykuiter (6th) in the women’s 13 and under, Declan Stevenson (8th) in the men’s 13 and under, and Zachary Fenn (10th) in men’s 14-15.
Saturday’s slopestyle event was the highlight of the season with Rex Thomas, coach of the Vancouver Freestyle Club, and former X-Games competitor, vocal in his praise of the Silver Star Mountain Park Crew
“This is the best designed and safest slopestyle course we have ever competed on,” said Thomas.
Former Silver Star freestyler Tyson Oland, now with Team B.C., returned home and showed he has what it takes to still rule the snow at Silver Star by winning the men’s 18+ event.
Joining Oland on the podium was local legend Bryce Barker in second. Thomas Pool, Jake Ondrik and Tanner Gordon (all Silver Star alumni now with Team B.C.) placed second through fourth in the men’s 16-17 group. Dew continued his podium streak in slopestyle, landing a switch misty 9 to land second in the men’s 14-15 group.
Joining Dew in the top-10 was Zachary (Zee) Fenn and Landon Gordon, while Gordon-Mason was sixth on the ladies side.
In the hotly-contested 13 and under category, Stevenson took fourth followed by Sterling Peters sixth and Josiah Gaskell ninth. MacDonald was fourth in ladies 13 and under.
Elena Gaskell lead the charge Sunday morning in the Big Air event, landing a super clean Misty 540 to take the highest female score of the day in all age groups.
Joining Elena on the podium were MacDonald with a silver and Rykuiter third for a Silver Star sweep in the ladies 13 and under. Gordon-Mason nailed possibly her cleanest 360 of the season to secure fifth in the 14-15 group.
Pool laid down the most technical trick of the weekend with a perfect switch double flipping cork 900 to absolutely stagger the crowd and judges earning him 96.3 (out of a possible 100). That was golden in the men’s 16-17.
Thomas Rutkowski was third, while Dew topped the men’s 14-15 ahead of Gordon, in third, and Patrick Marsh, in fifth.
Stevenson spun his way up a notch from Saturday to place third in 13 and under. Also in the top-10 were Peters (4th) and Ben Rampado (7th).
The Super Youth Event for ages 12 and under opened with the Big Air on Friday. Silver Star’s Liam Bush sailed high above the rest to reach gold, while Caden Danbrook bagged bronze in the 10-11 division.
Matthew Gardner finished eighth and Sam Rampado ninth in the same class.
Alex Sewell struck silver and Alexandre Wargniez garnered a bronze in the 6-7 group.
Saturday was also slopestyle day for the Super Youth division with Charlie Erickson, in the 6-7 age group, dazzling parents and judges for gold.
Sewell was third, Anderson Bicknell fourth, and William Erickson fifth.
Moving up to the 8-9 boys category, Carter Leahy placed third, while Nathan Sewell was fifth, Zach Loland 7th, and Matthew Mostyn 8th.
Josh Ryan, back from injured reserve, knocked all the rust off for second in the 10-11 boys division with Jaxon Peters seventh and Ryan Mostyn eighth.
Bush made another trip to the podium for silver, while Erik Urquhart was sixth. On the girls’ side, Paige Leahy earned silver in the 6-7.
Jordan Macdonald was third, Kate Erle fourth and Emily Broderick sixth in the 10-11 group.
The mogul event on Sunday saw the 6-7 boys sweeping the top-five with Alexandre Wargniez producing gold, Alex Sewell second, Liam Person third, Charlie Erickson fourth and William Erickson fifth.
For the 8-9 boys, Nathan Sewell pocketed bronze, while Sam Rampado put together a flourishing run to secure his first podium of the weekend with bronze in 10-11. Bush finished his medal collection with a bronze in the 12 bracket, while Ella Garrod was second ahead of Leahy in the girls 6-7.
Gold sponsors were: Helmut’s Sausage Kitchen, Kal Tire, CIBC Wood Gundy and Monashee Powder.