FreeSki competition comes to Sugar Bowl
Last weekend, Sugar Bowl resort offered a glimpse into the future of freeskiing as the American Freeski Tour rolled into town. The superpipe and slopestyle contests drew competitors from all over the United States, but it was the local skiers who got the most love from the hometown crowd.
The Sugar Bowl event was the second stop of the Paul Mitchell American Freeski Tour, the winners of which will qualify for the 2005 Winter X Games.
In Saturday’s superpipe competition, 20-year-old Mammoth skier Jon Reedy put together an impressive array of big airs and technical tricks to take first place, winning $2,500.
Tahoe City local Sean Field, 15, came in a close second in the finals after throwing some of the biggest airs of the day, including a huge 900 that had the crowd on its feet. Field was quite happy with his $1,000 prize purse and he’s looking forward to the third and final American Freeski Tour stop held at Bear Mountain, Feb. 28-29.
“I’m pretty stoked… just super happy that I made it into the finals and took second place,” Field said, adding that he plans to save the money for now, possibly for a car in the future.
Tim Durtschi of Bend, Ore. came in third.
And though he finished just out of the money, 15-year-old Truckee local Marc Hilly summed up the day well: “All my buddies are here. It’s really about chillin’ with your friends and just throwin’ down,” Hilly said.
Sunday’s slopestyle contest, competitors were offered a large selection of jumps, rails and other terrain features on the course designed by Sugar Bowl’s Jesse Collins and Trevor Tanhoff.
Heath Ordway of Sandy, Utah placed first, winning himself $2,500, followed by Scott Havens of Wrightland, Calif. Jon Cyrulik took home third place and $1,000.
The competition at Sugar Bowl will be televised on Fox Sports Net on Wednesday, Mar. 3 at 9:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., and on Mar. 4 at 2 a.m. Check local listings for times.
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