Carbondale’s Jake Sakson leads Alaska tele freeskiing championships
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Carbondale’s Jake Sakson and other members of the local “Ripper Factory” made quite a first impression Sunday during the first round of competition at the World Telemark Freeskiing Championships at Alyeska Resort in Girdwood, Alaska.
On the precipitous Shadows, a section of the resort that last was skied in 1999, Sakson put down the day’s highest-scoring run of 38 points.
According to a press release, the extremity of the venue challenged every one of the field’s 74 competitors.
Boulder’s Megan Michelson led the women’s field, with Basalt’s Kate Cardamone in third entering today’s finals.
Well-known local tele skier Nick DeVore was fourth in the men’s field behind Vermont’s Dylan Crossman and Utah’s J.T. Robinson.
Sakson, who placed fourth overall at this year’s U. S. Extreme Freeskiing Telemark Championships in Crested Butte, linked big, swooping turns on the course’s top section ” known as the Waterfall ” before launching off a big cliff band near the bottom.
Crossman, a five-time champ at the U.S. Telemark Extremes, was right on Sakson’s heels with a 36.8-point run that featured a huge air off a cliff band known as Jim’s Rock.
Robinson earned the biggest cheers from the crowd on hand for blasting off an 80-foot cliff at the bottom of Jim’s Rock and throwing a front flip, good enough for 33.4 points.
Michelson ” the defending U.S. Telemark Extremes champ ” leads the women’s field with a two- run score of 64.6. British Columbia’s Martha Burley was second with 61.8 points, with Cardamone right in the mix with 61.2 points.
Monday’s finals venue will be on a cliff band known as the Prow, opened specifically for this year’s event.
When asked if he is receiving any insider information on the terrain, Aleksander Aamodt Kilde — the boyfriend of Edwards’ own Mikaela Shiffrin — chuckled and replied, “You probably think so, but I actually I don’t.”