Wisconsin Snowboarder and Killington Mountain School Athlete Mitch Heberer Wins Halfpipe Event at Waterville Valley’s
USASA Slopestyle Competition; Takes Bronze in Sunday’s Slopestyle Event at Stratton Mountain
KILLINGTON, Vt. (Feb. 24, 2010)—Killington Mountain School’s (KMS) Mitch Heberer, of Kewaskum, Wisc., won the halfpipe event at a USASA Slopestyle Competition Saturday at Waterville Valley in New Hampshire. Both Heberer and fellow Wisconsinite Alex Kass, of Pewaukee, Wisc., traveled to the event to better their chances of qualifying for National’s in halfpipe.
“The halfpipe was not in the best of shape which made it difficult to hit even the simplest of tricks,” said KMS Snowboard Coach Ian Coates. “Mitch, in fact, decked out on his first run and had to rely on his second for placing well. He had broken his board earlier in the week and was riding a new one for the competition. He nailed his stock run—air, air, front 5, back 5, front 5 to an air fakie.”
On Sunday, the two took the competition in the southern Vermont circuit in a slopestyle competition at Stratton, where Heberer took bronze and Kass placed sixth.
“Alex has been riding solid as of late,” said Coates. “He always seems to stick it when it counts. He laid down two solid runs that scored well in a very talented field of more than 30 riders.”
The team is preparing to compete in the third stop of the USSA Revolution Tour, March 4-7, in Boreal, California.
Killington Mountain School is a fully approved Vermont independent school whose mission is to inspire students to pursue excellence in academics and athletics in a culture that promotes integrity, leadership, responsibility, and respect. Training in the KMS snowboard program is directed toward the individual needs of athletes, who may range in ability from the first-time competitor to the most seasoned rider competing with the USSA/USASA Snowboard Team. Killington snowboarders train in Half-pipe, SBX, Slopestyle, Big Air, Slalom, Giant Slalom, and SuperG o¬n some of the best pipes and parks in the country and o¬n extremely challenging racing terrain.