Snow Angels soar under a blue sky at Snowmass |

Snow Angels soar under a blue sky at Snowmass

Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado

SNOWMASS ” Kelly Clark of Vermont won the second annual Snow Angels Invitational on Sunday in the Snowmass halfpipe, topping a field of 15 of the world’s best female snowboarders to claim $10,000 in prize money.

Local Olympic medalist Gretchen Bleiler, the event’s host, finished second ($4,500) and Ellery Hollingsworth was third ($2,000). Linn Haug and Kaitlyn Farrington rounded out the top five.

The jam format competition went off under blue skies and in a freshly buffed pipe a day after organizers postponed the competition because of Saturday’s snow and wind.

“It was great the weather cleared out today and we were able to have a fun and progressive event,” said Clark in an Aspen Skiing Co. press release. “This is one of my favorite contests because the riders are really the focus of the event.”

In addition to the cash prizes, winners of the best trick, highest air and most progressive categories all received a $150 massage and a facial from Full Circle Massage.

All athletes who competed received a portion of the $20,000 prize purse.

Clark earned highest air honors while Maddy Schaffrick doubled up on spa treatments, earning best trick and most progressive riding.

The second annual competition began Friday and included a weekend full of spa activities, yoga, environmental workshops and night out at the Belly Up.

“Everything came together today with the weather and conditions and I’m really happy about how the contest went,” Bleiler said. “The whole weekend has been amazing and we are so lucky to come together for such a unique and progressive event.”

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