Big White Freestyle Team place 6th, 7th & 8th in Freesking Competition
The Big White freestyle team travelled to Nelson last weekend to compete in the 4th Annual Smith Optics Junior Freeski Open, held at Whitewater Resort on March 27, 28 and 29.
The freeskiing competition, open to ages between 7 and 18, involves competitors navigating their way through black and double black terrain featuring cliffs, airs and moguls. Skiers are judged on line choice, fluidity, style, control and aggressiveness.
Six Big White athletes competed in the qualifiers, held on a steep, rocky run called Sleeper. The snow conditions were very sticky and variable and caused two athletes, Luciano and Gabby, to lose a ski each, dropping their scores significantly. Big White athlete Caleb was also knocked out of the qualifiers after sustaining a sprained knee while doing a 180.
Big White athletes Lewis, Emelie, and Frederieka all skied clean and made it to the finals on the Blast run. Frederieka skied very well and finished 8th in the 12 – 14 age category. Her sister Emelie also skied well and caught some good air, landing in 6th in the same category.
On the boys side, Lewis dropped a big cliff up top of the run and ripped the rest of the run, placing him in 7th in the 12-14 age category.
“Despite the variable conditions, the team excelled in all aspects of this challenging event,” said Patrick Monteith, coach for the Big White Freestyle Team. “We’re looking forward to expanding this area of our team and pushing these athletes further next season.”
If you’re interested in further information regarding our Freestyle Team and Big Mountain Team programs please contact the Ski & Board School:
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