RED Mountain Resort hosted the Canadian Open Freeride Championships over the past week. Here a skier competes in the Male 15-18 category.

RED Mountain Resort hosted the Canadian Open Freeride Championships over the past week. Here a skier competes in the Male 15-18 category.

Red Mountain athletes shine at Canadian Open Free Ride Championships

So far five Red Mountain athletes have placed in the top four for their age category at the Canadian Open Free Ride Championships.

RED Mountain Resort is hosting the Canadian Open Free Ride Championships and so far five Red Mountain athletes placed in the top four for their age category.

Simon Hillis and Logan Merringer from Red Mountain Academy took first and third place, respectively, in the Male 12-14 category.

Samara Kuhn from Red Mountain Academy placed second in the Female 12-14 category.

Simon Impey from Red Mountain Academy took second place and Toby Hillis from Red Mountain Snow Sports tied for fourth in the Male 7-11 category.

The Canadian Open Free Ride Championships are an annual event at RED, sanctioned by the International Free skiers and Snowboarders Association (IFSA).

“It’s a two-star event. It’s listed as one of the IFSA’s national ranking events, where athletes can compete to gain points, and then those points get them into ultimately the free skiing world tour,” explained Nicole Briggs, marketing and events manager for RED.

The juniors competed in three age categories 7-11, 12-14 and 15-18 and collegiate skiers are 18 to 24 years old.

This is the first year that the championships were also opened up to include snowboarders.

The juniors wrapped up the competition with finals on Saturday, while the collegiate level athletes checked-in on Sunday and started competition today, with finals scheduled for tomorrow.