Boarder tour begins today |

Boarder tour begins today

Aspen Times Staff Report

The Paul Mitchell American Snowboard Tour (AST) will begin its seventh year of competition at Snowmass Mountain this weekend.

The event will begin with a giant slalom competition today, a boardercross event Saturday and will close with a half-pipe competition Sunday. All contests will start at 10 a.m. each day.

Ross Powers, the bronze medalist in the 1998 Winter Olympics, will highlight a world class list of competitors in the men’s half-pipe event.

Currently ranked as the world’s top rider by the FIS, Powers will look to defend his AST title he won last season.

Other top riders include Kier Dillon, Rob Kingwell and Tommy Czeshin.

Heading the women’s field of competitors will be two-time defending Paul Mitchell Riders champions Tricia Byrnes.

Byrnes has established herself as the world’s top women’s half-pipe rider with two World Cup wins and a third-place finish at the U.S. Grand Prix earlier this season.

The GS riders will include Canadians Mark Fawcett and Jasey Jay Anderson. Fawcett has already recorded World Cup and Vans Triple Crown wins this season.

U.S. Team member Lisa Kosglow will return to defend her Paul Mitchell Riders Cup title along with teammates Sondra Van Ert, Lynn Ott and Stacia Hookom.

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