Jeremy Jones, Elyse Saugstad win on Day 1 of Freeride World Tour |

Jeremy Jones, Elyse Saugstad win on Day 1 of Freeride World Tour

Sierra Sun/Paul RaymoreA competitor soars down a chute while a waterfall of snow falls behind him on Friday at Squaw Valley USA.

SQUAW VALLEY USA ” Truckee’s Jeremy Jones won the men’s snowboard final at the Freeride World Tour: Nissan Tram Face at Squaw Valley USA on Friday, while Squaw local Elyse Saugstad captured the top spot in the women’s ski final.

American Susan Mol won the women’s snowboard final, and Sweden’s Reine Barkered won the men’s ski final. Squaw Valley skier Cody Townsend took fourth place in the men’s final, just a few points away from the podium.

Snow conditions allowed riders to go large off the terrain, and Jones proved that his film-star reputation translated quite well over to the freeride competition.

Jones picked a line that took him down a steep chute and into a 40-foot cliff. On his way out, he tweaked a nose grab, much to the crowd’s delight.

Saugstad also was impressive, as the 2008 Freeride World Champion won hands down with a fast run that could have competed with the men.

The next leg, the run down the Tram Face, will most likely occur Monday or Tuesday, according to organizers.

Townsend, for one, is more than ready to take on the Tram Face.

“The Tram Face will separate the men from the boys,” he said after Friday’s competition.

Jones is debating whether or not he will compete, as he was offered a chance to surf big waves early next week, according to event organizers.

See the photo gallery of Friday’s action at or below.

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