Soaring over Alpine |

Soaring over Alpine

Skiers and riders had to wait an extra week to test how high they could soar over the snow at Alpine Meadows Resort, but that didn’t denigrate Snowbomb’s Big Air Competition when it finally happened last Saturday.

More than 25 skiers and riders turned out for the event, which was originally scheduled for March 19. Competitors launched more than 30 feet above the snow from a ramp and flew through the air to a landing some 60 feet away.

“They went huge,” Snowbomb organizer Chris Bouman said. “They didn’t hold back at all.”

Perhaps the most impressive trick of the day was pulled by the winner of the open ski category, Gary Moulton of South Lake Tahoe. Moulton landed a switch 900 after flying close to 80 feet through the air.

“When you take off for a jump backwards, it adds a huge amount of complexity,” Bouman said. “He would have podiumed with just a 900 but doing it backwards put him over the top.”

Moulton finished with 281 points, earning him $1,000. Tim Dutton of Squaw Valley came in second overall with 271 points, while Mark Brennan of Kirkwood came in third with 270 points.

“Moulton’s an up-and-comer from the area,” Bouman said, adding that Moulton has now won first place in four of the eight big air events hosted by Snowbomb. “We’ll see him in the X Games soon.”

Justin Smith of Reno won the open snowboard competition with Myles Pellegrino-Young from Vermont taking second and Matt Rodgers of Tahoe City taking third.

“It was amazing how few riders fell,” Bouman said. “They were really coming out and sticking it.”

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