Erin Flood (third from right), an IFSA independent from Rossland, and Natalie Cooper of Red Mountain Snowsports (third from left) placed first and third respectively in the 12-14 Girls category.

Erin Flood (third from right), an IFSA independent from Rossland, and Natalie Cooper of Red Mountain Snowsports (third from left) placed first and third respectively in the 12-14 Girls category.

Red Mountain Snowsports and Rossland athletes excel at Junior National Canadian Open Freeride Championships

The 19th annual Junior National Canadian Open Freeride Championships concluded at Red Mountain Resort on Saturday.

The 19th annual Junior National Canadian Open Freeride Championships concluded at Red Mountain Resort on Saturday.

The event featured over 150 athletes, including members of 15 North American freeride teams and independent athletes. Thursday and Friday saw them compete to qualify for the finals on Saturday, and when the powder settled, a number of Red Mountain and Rossland athletes were called to the podium.

Overall the judges seemed impressed with what they saw.

“Creative, dynamic and technical lines were laid down on Links Line, the perfect venue for a Junior National freeride event. I was impressed by the caliber of athleticism. The athletes pushed the boundaries while staying within their abilities. It’s beautiful to watch the youth learn about physical and mental boundaries while having a blast,” Jeff Holden, the Canadian Open’s head judge and technical director, said in a press release.

And there’s still more freeride action to come. Athletes arrived for the collegiate event on Monday and began competition on Tuesday, with finals taking place Wednesday. For a complete schedule of events, visit canadianfreeskiing.com.

RESULTS

7-11 Girls

First: Sofia Guy, Whistler Freeride Club

Second: Drea Dimma, Whistler Freeride Club

Third: Lucy Wettersten, Winter Park Big Mountain Team

7-11 Boys

First: Dane Jewett, Whistler Freeride Club

Second: Bodhi Kuhn, Red Mountain SnowSports

Third: Xander Bankes, Red Mountain SnowSports

12-14 Girls

First: Erin Flood, IFSA Independent Rossland

Second: Lillian Nimmer, Northwest Freeride

Third: Natalie Cooper, Red Mountain Snowsports

12-14 Boys

First: Simon Hillis, Red Mountain Snowsports

Second: Marcus Goguen, Whistler Freeride Club

Third: Wei Tien Ho, Whistler Freeride Club

15-18 Girls

First: Olivia McNeill, Whistler Freeride Club

Second: Aoife Gannon, Whistler Freeride Club

Third: Rhegan Williamson, Whistler Freeride Club

15-18 Boys

First: Sol Butler, IFSA Independent Slocan

Second: Luke Lister, Whistler Freeride Club

Third: Benjie McMaster, Whistler Freeride Club

 

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