Tahoe athletes representing U.S. in Freeride Junior World Championships
The Tahoe area is well represented with six of the 15 U.S. athletes at the 2016 Freeride Junior World Championships in Grandvalira, Andorra, this week.
Five athletes from Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows and one from Sugar Bowl will compete among the world’s best young big-mountain riders on the Pic Alt Del Cubil in the Pyrenéen Mountains. The venue offers a large playground of natural features, giving the riders an array of technical terrain on which to express their styles.
The Tahoe contingent includes Xander Guldman, Ross Tester, Bennett Drummond, Mia Winans, Sam Shinkle and Dylan Zellers. All are standouts in the local Tahoe Junior Freeride Series (TJFS).
Guldman, who skis for the Sugar Bowl Freeride Team, and Zellers, who rides for the Squaw Alpine Big Mountain Snowboard Team, are both reigning North American champions. Tester, who won the male 15-18 division on the opening TJFS stop, skis for the Squaw Valley Big Mountain Team, while Drummond skis for the Alpine Big Mountain team, Winans is a member of Squaw Free and Shinkle rides for the Squaw Alpine Big Mountain Snowboard Team.
The contest includes 57 competitors between the ages of 11 and 18 representing 12 countries from Europe, North America, South America and New Zealand. Competition takes place Thursday through Saturday. For more information, go to freeridejuniortour.com.