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AVSC’s Lafferty wins Keystone comp

Jon Lafferty scored his first-ever slopestyle victory at the Keystone Classic over the weekend, Dec. 20-22, and the Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club freestyle teams showed their depth in the open moguls, dual moguls and slopestyle events.

Lafferty executed three picture-perfect tricks to win Monday’s slopestyle contest, including an unnatural rodeo 5 (right spinning 540 with a back flip and a backwards landing); a switch flair (180 back flip with a backwards takeoff); and a solid 15-foot rainbow railslide.

Saturday’s open moguls competition took place on a challenging course with big, icy moguls. Dusty Spence led AVSC with an eighth-place finish out of 68 skiers. For the 15- to 16-year-old J-2 skiers, Glenn Engelman, Zac Giammarrusco and Chris Schumacher finished six, seven, eight, respectively, for their age group and 23rd through 25th overall.

Thirteen-year-old J-3 skier Sam Ferguson had his first top-three finish for his age class with a third overall.

AVSC women freestylers Kristin Walla and Rachel Weitzenkorn initially tied for fifth place in the open moguls, but Rachel dropped to sixth after the judges subtracted the speed scores to break the tie.

According to AVSC freestyle program director Eric “Doughboy” Knight, “Both of them skied solid runs and keep showing how consistent they are.”

Julianne Davis also cracked the top 15, finishing 14th. Kaitlin Roos broke through to finish in seventh overall in Sunday’s dual moguls by winning both of her head-to-head matchups. Following in the top-16 group of finishers were Kristin Walla and Lexi Paparo.

Dusty Spence paced the AVSC men with a top-16 finish as well. While several AVSC men won their first heats, the standout run belonged to Matt Goldstein, whose solid, first round run against the 12th-ranked skier earned him his first trip to the second round.

“It was Matt’s first dual moguls in a new division and he was thrilled with his run,” said Knight. “As we were riding up the chair I told him anything could happen and to never give up, no matter what. It was awesome.”

Two slopestyle competitions were held on Monday. Following Jon Lafferty’s victory in the first competition was Matt Terral in eighth, Matt Walker in 10th and Sam Ferguson in 11th place.

Overall the team had greater success in the second competition. Andrew Wickes was the top AVSC finisher, throwing a 7 and corked (off-axis) 7 to finish fourth overall. Matt Walker took fifth place, David Hach finished sixth and Alex Cote and Zac Giammarrusco finished night and 10th, respectively.

The AVSC women literally had both Monday competitions to themselves as no other teams skied against them. Kristin Walla won both heats and second place in each slopestyle went to Rachel Weitzenkorn and Whitney Wickes. Finishing third were Kaitlin Roos and Weitzenkorn, while fourth place went to Wickes and Roos, respectively.

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