Freeskiing champions |

Freeskiing champions

The final competition run of the High Sierra Heliskiing US Freeskiing Nationals was Jan. 26 at Snowbird, Utah. A foot of new snow on the face of “North Baldy” greeted 68 competitors and softened landings on the run.

Freeskiing is a judged competition which requires five judges to evaluate the competitor on five categories: line choice, control, fluidity, technique and aggression. There are 10 possible points in each category and an averaged total of 50 possible points per run.

Jamie Burge of Squaw Valley won the event for the women, going into the final run with a sold five point lead. Burge was followed by Aleisha Cline of Sun Peaks, British Columbia in second and Kirsty Exner, also from B.C., in third place.

Athletes from eight countries competed in the event for over $10,000 in cash and prizes.

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