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On to Aspen and the X Games

Jeff Greenwood, 1st place finisher, gets sprayed with Budweiser by 2nd place finisher Brad Tetreau while 3rd place finisher Chelone Miller laughs.

Staff reports

With their sights set on Aspen later this month, hundreds of skiers and boarders headed to Sugar Bowl over the weekend for the X Games Qualifier.

The event was the only official, open registration race designed to attract raw talent from around the world. Any athlete had the opportunity to enter, race and win a spot for the X Games, with or without sponsorships.

Four men and three women in SkierX and two men and women from BoarderX qualified for the final 11 slots in the X Games being held in Aspen Jan. 24-27.

Winner of Friday’s Boardercross time trials was Chelone Miller in his first major event since the U.S. Open a few years ago. A New Hampshire native and the 20-year-old younger brother of World Cup skier Bode Miller, Chelone Miller was free riding at Mammoth until he got word about the X Games Qualifier being held at Sugar Bowl. “I heard about it and thought I would have a chance to win,” said Miller. “I didn’t think I was going fast enough in the last rollers, before the step down but I guess I was.”