Skiercross champs held at Squaw
The top skiercross competitors from around the world competed for $10,000 during the 2nd annual Skiercross World Championships April 7-8 at Squaw Valley USA.
Following a standard skiercross format with four competitors racing simultaneously on a course with gates, banks and huge tabletop jumps, the championships showcased some of the best talent in the business.
The specially designed championship skiercross course, located on the upper mountain off of the Siberia Express chairlift, provided a challenging hill as well as a prime spot for spectators.
Squaw Valley USA’s Marco Sullivan edged out Enak Gavaggio of France, Marcus Wittner of Austria and Truckee’s Daron Rahlves in the final heat on Sunday. In the ladies division it was Aleisha Cline of Canada who snuck by Chiara Lawrence, Megan Brown, and Patti Kauf for the title.
The weather played a major factor in this year’s event with Saturday’s scheduled qualifying runs postponed due to heavy snow and poor visibility. Both the qualifying runs and final heats were held on Sunday, with the new snow adding extra challenges to the event.
“It was a great competition,” explained the event’s creator Chris “Uncle E” Ernst. “We weren’t expecting three feet of new snow, but it was a great day and a great way to end the skiercross season.”
Winners of the World Championship event were announced at the end of the day in a celebration at Squaw Valley’s Le Chamois restaurant. In addition, winners of the Skiercross World Tour, a worldwide six-event series that began in February, were announced with Michaela Boyle and Eric Archer, both of the USA, walking away victorious.
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