Wall set for freeriding championship
March 29, 2002
The table is set with corn snow and pockets of powder for the Evian Colorado Freeride Series Championships at Snowmass.
On Thursday, in the third and final event in the Evian Colorado Freeride Series, extreme-style skiers and snowboarders plied the lines in the Hanging Valley Wall for a third time in competition format before the two-day championships open today, also in the Wall.
“It was sunny and everyone was in a good mood,” said Jessie Berg of the Aspen Skiing Co.’s event marketing department. “Really good spirits out there and the conditions were holding up really well.
“People were skiing strong, so it was a perfect day for a competition like this,” added Berg, who competed in the women’s skiing division Thursday.
Following the three-part series events, which concluded Thursday, 54 qualifiers advanced to do battle on the steeps of Snowmass in the two-day championship, beginning today in the Wall. (Officials are waiting to announce Saturday’s venue in fairness to competitors.)
The competition is expected to run from about 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. each day. Today the field may be culled after the first run to allow the advancing competitors another scoring run in the afternoon in the championship standings. The starting field will be cut in half for Saturday’s competition, which will include one or two runs, Berg said.
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The divisional winners (men’s and women’s skiing and snowboarding) will earn free entries to Crested Butte’s U.S. Extreme Skiing Championships slated for next month.
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