Rossland freeskiers shine at Open

This weekend the Canadian Open Freeskiing Championship was held at Red Mountain Resort.

Sally Steeves

Last weekend, the Canadian Open Freeskiing Championship was held at Red Mountain Resort. The event was a chance for freeskiers 18 and under to put their skills to the test.

Both Thursday and Friday were qualifying days with Saturday being the final.

Spectators packed the base of Link’s Line run just below the summit of Granite Mountain to watch the events.

For the Female 7-11 category, Jemma Capel, from Banff, took first, while Nelson’s Ezra Foy took first in the Male 7-11 category.

Rossland had a great showing with Mackenzie Flood taking first place in the Female 12-14 category, and Sally Steeves taking first in the Female 15-18 category.

Gerald Weyns, out of Othello, Wash. placed first in the Male 12-14 category, while fellow American George Rodney, out of Aspen. Colo. finished first in the Male 15-18 category.

“We’ve seen a lot more skiers from western North America than we have in the past and we’re pleased how well the event has gone,” said Mika Hakkola, Red Mountain Resort’s media contact. “This is a great stepping stone event for all aspiring freeskiers. It gives them a taste of the freeskiing community and competition.”

There were 93 athletes competing on Saturday.

The senior event is scheduled to begin Wednesday, with over 60 athletes registered to compete. Anyone over the age of 19 can register for the competition.

There is also a cash purse up for grabs. For more information on The North Face Canadian Open Freeskiing Championships go to: www.canadianopenfreeskiing.com.

 

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