Several hundred fans gathered at the base of Snowbird Ski and Summer Resorts’s North Baldy despite cold, wind and snow for the final stop of the Subaru freeride Series. The first day of competition on Silver Fox had 62 athletes with 46 skiers advancing to the final round. To finish off the day Dillon, CO native, Ian Borgeson and Bozeman, MT native, Sasha Dingle were crowned event champions.
“The level of athleticism we have witnessed the past three days at Snowbird has been truly incredible,” said Subaru Freeride Series Head Judge Eric Schmitz. “The finals’ conditions were particularly challenging but the skiers made it look easy with an impressive amount of skill.”
Borgeson’s winning run started with a left-side 360 into the Fields of Glory and continued on to a huge air up and over the Tree Island. Through the Blonde Rocks section of the venue Borgeson took a creative approach with a looker’s left-side line and air, finding a smooth transition. He aired off Burkes Bush and took a looker’s left-side line into the amphitheatre gapping over a bunch of exposure with a smooth left-side 360 to win the event. On the first day of competition Borgeson had a high score of 92.33 and combined with an 88.00 for a total score of 180.33.
Not only did Borgeson earn the top podium finish but also received the coveted Sick Bird award presented by Backcountry.com. The big mountain freeride community highly reveres the Sick Bird that is granted to skiers who challenge themselves and the sport through their athletic performance. Several skiers were nominated for the 2013 Snowbird Sick Bird award but Borgeson’s progressive performance far outshone his competition.
Conor Pelton from Olympic Valley, CA claimed second place by starting his run into the Fields of Glory with a smooth left-side 360 mute grab and then aggressively skiing off an air on the looker’s left side of the Blonde Rocks. Pelton continued to the Flying Squirrel Air where he spun in the opposite direction stomping the landing of a right-side 360 and finished his run with a huge double cliff drop. Pelton’s final score of 171.67 sealed his second place finish.
Gregory Tuscher of Montreux, SUI rounded out the podium with a score of 186.00 taking third place. Tuscher dropped into the Fields of Glory with a smooth left-side 360, then took an across-the-fall line approach to the Tree Island where he stomped the landing on a huge back flip. Tuscher then skied down to the Blonde Rocks where he continued his freestyle display with an enormous left-side 360 up and over the rocky terrain. His smooth triple drop finished the run.
The women’s category excited the audience as Sasha Dingle smoothly skied down the Fields of Glory showing great technique. Dingle then continued through the Blonde Rocks with a creative line setting herself up for the Flying Squirrel Air. She then traversed over to the far looker’s right side of the amphitheater with a nice 10-15 foot exit air showing confidence in her riding top to bottom. Dingle earned a combined total score of 175.33 and became the second woman in Snowbird competition history to hit a very large smoke stack double which was pioneered for women by Angel Collinson.
Crested Butte, CO native Francesca Pavillard-Cain took second place with a fast fluid approach to the looker’s left side of the Blonde Rocks snaking through the vegetation hitting a mandatory exit air. She rapidly approached the amphitheatre and successfully stomped a high consequence. Pavillard-Cain earned a total score of 165.67.
Hadley Hammer of Wilson, WY just missed the second spot with a combined score of 165.33. Hammer linked high-speed slalom type turns throughout the venue tackling a chute along side the Blonde Rocks into the Flying Squirrel and capping off her third place finish with an aggressive straight line through the center of the amphitheater.
To find more information and results check out SubaruFreerideSeries.com.