Rossland well represented at junior freeskiing championship

Red Mountain Resort hosted the North Face Canadian Open Freeskiing Junior Championships last week.

The Canadian Open Junior Freeskiing Championship had its finals at  at Red Mountain Saturday. Xander Sterpin

The Canadian Open Junior Freeskiing Championship had its finals at at Red Mountain Saturday. Xander Sterpin

Red Mountain Resort hosted the North Face Canadian Open Freeskiing Junior Championships last week, with the final taking place on Saturday.

The championships were open to three age categories:  7-11, 11-14 and 15-18, and the event is a part of the International Free Skiers Association.

Rossland skiers represented well on the challenging course, with five skiers placing in the top three.

The results in the female 7-11 category were Mallory Stewart, from Coldstream, Alta. in first, Jemma Capel, from Banff in second and Erin Flood, from Rossland taking third.

In the male 7-11 category, Rossland’s Simon Hillis took first, Sandy Phillips, form Kamloops took second and Ladd Costain, from Whitefish, took third.

In the 12-14 female category, Haley Cooke, from Nelson, took first, MacKenzie Flood, from Rossland, was second, and Hadley Michaels, form Mercer Island, took third. In the male category, Loki Wickman-Ratthe, from Nelson, took first, Cooper Bathgate, from Whsitler was second and Fernie’s Seth Amundsen took third.

Rossland’s Sally Steeves took first in the 15-18 female category. West Kootenay skiers rounded out the men’s category with Trace Cooke, from Nelson, taking first, Xander Sterpin, from Rossland, second, and Sam Woodward, from Nelson, third.

For more info go to www.canadianfreeskiing.com