AVSC alum Alex Ferreira eyes Winter X gold
AVSC Alumnus and U.S. Freeskiing Team Member
Often characterized by his infectious smile and welcoming personality, Alex Ferreira prides himself on being born and raised in Aspen, Colorado.
A graduate of Aspen High School, Ferreira is the first in his family to blaze a path in the ski industry.
“From a very young age, it was clear that Alex had some amazing characteristics and unlimited potential. He had lived, eaten, dreamed and breathed skiing since he started with the Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club Freestyle program at the age of 8,” said Eric Knight, AVSC Freestyle and Freeride Program director.
Having Winter X Games Aspen in his “backyard,” had a significant impact on Ferreira and greater fueled his desire to ski.
“Nothing made me do it, I just liked to go in the air, and it was over after that,” said Ferreira.
Currently a U.S. Freeskiing Team member, Ferreira has been climbing the ranks of halfpipe skiing.
As a two-time bronze medalist at the Winter X Games, Ferreira looks forward to competing once again in ski superpipe.
“My favorite memory ever from skiing has got to be making the podium at X Games Aspen two years ago. That was one of my happiest memories of all time,” Ferreira said.
Torin Yater-Wallace, another local favorite will be competing alongside Ferreira at Winter X Games Aspen in ski superpipe.
Additionally, AVSC will be represented by Chris Devlin-Young, Josh Elliott and Trey Humphrey in mono skier X, along with the “Three Amigos” in snowboarder X adaptive — Mike Shea, Keith Gabel and Evan Strong, who are known for their remarkable podium sweep at the Sochi 2014 Paralympics.
A small group of AVSC FIS alpine athletes traveled to Steamboat Springs last weekend to compete in the CU Invitational FIS-University races.
This event was a gathering of NCAA Division I universities — the best in the west, along with some rising USST stars.
AVSC’s Nick Mitchell has been on a tear lately winning six FIS races in a row.
He continued his success last weekend by scoring 10th and eighth places at this elite NCAA competition.
On Saturday, starting as bib No. 33, Mitchell threw down a blistering second run time, winning the run and moving him into 10th position.
The next day, starting as bib No. 24, Mitchell moved into fifth place on the first run after almost falling out of the start.
After a solid second run, Mitchell moved back to eighth position.
FIS NJR Vail
AVSC women had an outstanding weekend in Vail with Hanna Mass taking her first FIS podium with a win and Katy Harris in second.
On the second day of racing, Katy Harris grabbed yet another second place in Saturday’s GS with Hanna Mass right behind her in third.
“Overall I was quite impressed with the women, especially seeing Hanna get her first win,” said Johno McBride, AVSC Alpine Program director.
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