AVSC ‘stylers trick out Winter Park
The Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club freestyle team rang in the New Year with a fistful of podium finishes in moguls and aerials competitions at Winter Park last weekend, Jan. 2-4.
With a corked 720 followed by a 720 grab, Andrew Wickes started things off for the AVSC men by claiming silver in aerials on Friday morning. Glenn Engleman followed right behind with a strong combination of jumps for third place. Chris Schumacher took fourth, David Hach was sixth and Zac Giammarrusco followed in seventh for AVSC.
All in all, eight AVSC men finished in the top 15, including Sam Ferguson (11th), Matt Walker (12th) and Matt Terral (13th).
Twelve-year-old Tyler Roos, the sole AVSC J-4 competing that morning, finished 24th overall out of 28 competitors.
Brittany Biebl was the lone AVSC woman competitor to battle the snowy conditions. With a double daffy, double spread eagle on both runs, she finished fourth in the first competition and third in the second.
Chris Schumacher grabbed a silver medal in the Friday afternoon competition with a 360 iron-cross spread, 360 mute grab. Andrew Wickes finished fourth overall and Glenn Engleman followed in fifth.
J-3 Sam Ferguson jumped up to seventh place and David Hach wound up eighth overall. Matt Walker (11th), Zac Giammarrusco (12th) and Matt Terral (13th) rounded out AVSC’s top-15 finishers.
Rachel Weitzenkorn kept AVSC on the podium with bronze for her age class in Saturday’s junior moguls competition. Weitzenkorn finished eighth overall and teammate Brittany Biebl took 10th.
Glenn Engleman also took home an age-class bronze medal and sixth overall for his run that day.
According to AVSC freestyle program director Eric Knight, “Glenn is skiing consistent week in and week out. He’s got some new tricks he’s working on. Once he brings them out in competition he’ll really be charging.”
Chris Schumacher had a solid run to finish 11th overall and teammate Zac Giammarrusco finished 14th. Sam Ferguson also found the podium with a third place finish for his J-3 age class, and 18th overall out of 55 competitors.
Kaitlin Roos joined the team for Sunday’s open moguls competition and immediately threw down what Knight described as an “awesome first run with her first-ever competition 360” that received high marks from the judges. Roos’s effort earned yet another bronze medal for AVSC in her age group, and 10th overall. According to Knight, it was “an excellent finish given the quality of the competition.”
Also cracking the top-15 for AVSC were Weitzenkorn (11th) and Biebl (15th).
Engleman finished 12th overall for the AVSC men, followed by Giammarrusco (17th) and Schumacher (19th). Sam Ferguson added to his hardware by striking gold in the J-3 age class and finishing 21st overall out of 56 competitors.
“Moguls is the hardest freestyle discipline with the most competition. Sam’s found consistency and keeps improving every week,” said Knight.
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