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Locals rule at Colorado Freeride

Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado
Aspen/ Snowmass athlete Kiffor Berg drops down through the Burn Side Cliffs at Snowmass during his winning run in Saturday's Colorado Freeride Championships. (Jordan Curet/The Aspen Times)

SNOWMASS ” The Roaring Fork Valley isn’t just home to the Colorado Freeride Championships. It’s also home to two of the state’s freeride champions, a fact local freeskiers Kiffor Berg and Kate Cardamone confirmed Satur­day with bold runs on the daunting Burn Side cliffs at Snowmass.

The two Aspen/Snowmass athletes took top honors in the skiing portion of this year’s freeride championships on a day when five area athletes landed on the podium.

In the snowboarding competi­tion, Snowmass’ Dave Watson took the men’s silver and Aspen’s Wallace Westfeldt earned the bronze. Aspen’s Natalie Nevins was third among female snow­boarders.

Riley Gessele and Shannon Yates captured the respective male and female snowboard titles.

More than 120 athletes com­peted in the seventh annual competition for a prize purse of $7,500, charging the steep faces, cliffs and hanging snowfields of the Hanging Valley Headwall on Friday and the Burn Side Cliffs on Saturday.

Berg picked up $1,900 for his win and Cardamone earned $1,000.

Aspen’s Frank Shine was fourth in the men’s skiing com­petition, a result that earned him $200.

Aaron Estrada ($900) and Mark Welgos ($500) rounded out men’s skiing podium, while Boulder’s Jen Allen ($400) and Nadia Samer ($200) finished behind Cardamone in the women’s skiing field.


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