The North Face Park And Pipe Open Series At Heavenly

Posted By: The Ski Channel on March 17, 2014 6:12 pm

The North Face Park and Pipe Open Series presented by Nissan (PPOS) 2014 season concluded Saturday, March 15 with slopestyle finals in the Ante Up Park at Heavenly Mountain Resort. The roster included both well-established and up-and-coming athletes. Competitors approached the course with renewed vigor after very special guest appearances by Olympic Gold Medalists Maddie Bowman and David Wise the prior day. In the end, Scott Nelson of Darien, CT and Olympian Julia Krass of Hanover, NH earned the top spots on their respective podiums. Top athletes were awarded prize money from a $17,500 purse and AFP Gold Level points.

RESULTS:

Women’s Slope
1.) Julia Krass, 94.00
2.) Jackie Kling, 86.33
3.) Nadia Gonzales, 80.00

 Men’s Slope

1.) Scott Nelson, 92.00
2.) Carson LeHouillier, 89.33
3.) Jonah Williams, 88.33

The women kicked off the day on the fast and sunny course overlooking the azure waters of spectacular Lake Tahoe. Julia Krass’s post-Olympic confidence was evident as she posted the top two scores of the day-91.33 on her first run and 94.00 on the second. Her second run included a lipside on the down rail, a right cork 720 tail grab off the first jump followed by a left cork 720 off the next air. She then moved onto a super progressive left blind 270 off the canon rail and a front swap on the down box.

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Photo: A. Jimmerson / The North Face Park and Pipe Open Series 

“This was a super fun event. The weather was perfect,” said Julia Krass, “All the ladies were really laying down some solid runs as well.”

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Photo: A. Jimmerson / The North Face Park and Pipe Open Series 

Coming off a win at the Stratton Mountain Resort PPOS stop, Jackie Kling, from the Philadelphia, PA area, managed second place. Kling’s best run started with a left 720 onto the down rail. Her first air was a solid left rodeo 540 with a Japan grab followed by a switch 180. She linked creative tricks together on the bottom two features earning a score of 86.33.

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Photo: A. Jimmerson / The North Face Park and Pipe Open Series 

In third place, Nadia Gonzales of Angel Fire, NM started with a right 720 on the down rail, a switch left 540 on her first air followed by a left 360 critical and precise technique on the bottom rail section. Gonzales’ score was 80.00. Also notable, Taylor Lundquist, who came in fourth place, absolutely crushed a front 450 off the canon rail near the bottom of the course, which really impressed the judges.

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Photo: A. Jimmerson / The North Face Park and Pipe Open Series 

In the men’s competition, Scott Nelson started his best run with switch left tails 270 and pretzel to forward on the down rail. Nelson then launched into a right double underflip 900 rev-mute and a switch left 900 mute grab. His bottom rail section started with a blind 810 out of the canon rail and switch right tails 270 into the second down of the quad kink. The judges applauded Nelson’s dynamic run with a 92.00.

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Photo: A. Jimmerson / The North Face Park and Pipe Open Series 

“I was really happy with my run today,” exclaimed Nelson. “It has been a great season for me so far and I am looking forward to a few competitions still remaining.”

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Photo: A. Jimmerson / The North Face Park and Pipe Open Series 

“Today was a great event at Heavenly Mountain Resort,” commented Head PPOS Judge Mike Laroche. “Judging was a difficult task with such high level performances executed by so many of the athletes. The smallest details were analyzed to separate the competition. The course also required athletes to diversify their rail tricks in order to make it on the podium.”

A very special guest appearances by Olympic Gold Medalists Maddie Bowman and David Wise.

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Photo: A. Jimmerson / The North Face Park and Pipe Open Series 

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