Day 2: Blake Rolfing and Eileen Gu Win Slopestyle Gold

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Blue skies and warm weather graced the Open Class Freeskiers as they took over the slopestyle course for day two of competition at USASA Nationals in Copper Mountain, CO. Five women and eighteen men made the final cut with Big Mountain West skier, Blake Rolfing, edging out Rocky Mountain Series skier, Sammy Schulling, for gold by just half a point. RIchard Thomas from the Upper Midwest Snow Series took third. In the women’s division, Eileen Gu, who won gold in rail jam, took home her second gold beating out New Hampshire Series rider, Grace Henderson and McKenna Brown from the Central Oregon Series. All competitors in Open Class, Youth and Junior recieve AFP Silver points.

Breaker, Grommet and Menehune boys threw down in the halfpipe with Kai Morris from the Breaker boys division taking home gold and a $400 gift card from Columbia Sportswear for the Best Trick award that he earned by landing a switch left 720 safety.  Liam Brogden took gold for the Grommets and Axl Boneberger won in the Menehune division.

The Junior and Youth divisions raced down the skiercross course on the hunt for USASA National titles with Jacobe Roney and Gunar Anthony taking home top honors. Wend Wax fastest time of the day went to Stuart Whittier with a time of 50.23

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Hunter Carey wins USASA Nationals Freeskiing Youth Halfpipe

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A fresh blanket of snow covered Copper Mountain the first full day of USASA Freeskiing Nationals competition kicked off. Despite the new snow, Open Class Skicross competitors flew through the course with Americans Morgan Haymans, Thomas Hayward and Scott Busche taking home the top three spots. Leah Emaus, Abi Zagnoli and Isabella Naughton went one-two-three in the ladies competiton. Southern Vermont Series charger, Emilia de Jounge, owned the breaker girls slopestyle competition followed closely by fellow Southern Vermont Series skier, Montana V Osinski and Aspen Snowmass series skier and KINDest Rider Award recipient, Hanna Faulhaber. Despite missing the podium, fourth place finisher Ava Surridge, from the Rocky Mountain Series, took home Windell's Camp Hardest Charger Award earning her one free session to Windells Camp

Youth and Junior men took to the halfpipe and the day belong to  Rocky Mountain Series skier, Hunter Cary, who not only took home gold in youth men but also landed back-to-back left and right 900s earning him the Columbia Sportswear's Best Trick award and $400 in Columbia Sportswear. Aspen Snowmass series skier, Chance Maytham, took second and third went to Rock Mountain Series skier, Elliot Irving, who landed a 7ft high left 900 winning the Braven Speakers Highest Air award.

The 9 and under division hit the Rail Jam under the lights with Elenor Andrews winning the girls division and Simon Miller from the Southern Vermont Series, snagging top honors in the boys division

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USASA Freeski Nationals Kicks Off at Copper Mountain

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A parade of fresskiers from around the nation kicked of the 2017 USASA Freeski Nationals here at Copper Mountain, CO. Over 700 freeskiers from the ages of 5 to 65 are on the hunt for 2017 USASA National Championship titles in slopestyle, halfpipe, skicross and rail jam.

Last night KIND Snacks honored 32 freeskiers from each series who showed kindness and community-minded efforts with their KINDest Rider Award. Athletes like, Landyn Morris, Elias Huber and Hannah Johnson walked away with bags filled with KIND swag for their not so random acts of kindness this season.

Competition kicked off right after opening ceremonies with Open Class freeskiers taking to the rail jam set up. The night belonged to Mt. Hood Series skier, Tucker Fitzsimmons, who dominated the men’s competition and Elieen Gu, from the North Tahoe Series, who took home gold for the women.

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Lyon Farrell and Dusty Henricksen Take Home Top Honors

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Lyon Farrell, Chandler Hunt and Asher Humphreys went one, two, three in Open Class slopestyle finals Thursday. Lyon Farrell, who broke his board in practice, stomped a backside triple cork 1440 on the last run of the day to take home USASA Nationals gold. Farrell’s triple is only the second triple ever to be landed in Nationals’ competition, last year’s champion Chris Corning landed the first.  One the women’s side, U.S. Snowboarding Team member, Hailey Mattingly, edged out Ty Schnorrbusch and Lydia Silber to claim the USASA National Championships title.

The day belonged to Dusty Henricksen in the Breaker boys halfpipe competition, Dusty  impressed the judges with huge amplitude and a crippler that earned him Columbia Sportswear’s Best Trick award along with Snurfer’s Highest Air. Once again, Valentino Guseli took gold in Menehune boys division.

The alpine courses were running fast with Lexi Bullis, Annie Erickson, Lily Janousek took gold in Giant Slalom while Nate True and Will Taylor cleaned up.

The Grommets and Kahunas took to the snowboardcross course with Noah Avallone and Chelsea Kelley taking gold in boys and girls Grommet divisions.

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USASA Nationals Day 4: Ryan Wachendorfer Wins Halfpipe Gold

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The sun shone down on a perfect pipe as the Open Class riders took to Copper’s 22 foot halfpipe for the finale of  the 2016-17 season. Colorado native and U.S. Snowboarding Team member, Ryan Wachendorfer, landed two double cork rotations to take home top prize while Mammoth Team rider, Joshua Bowman, charged into second and won a $400 gift card from Columbia Sportswear for earning Best Trick with a huge frontside double cork 1080. Third place went to Aspen Snowmass rider, Robert “Bob O” Petitt.

The women’s competition was won by Anna Valentine who landed a big frontside 540 on the first hit, second went to Southern Vermont Series’ Noelle Edwards and Mary Prantis took home third.

The alpine courses were running fast with Will Taylor and Nate True taking top spots in snowboard youth and junior men divisions respectively.

The ladies took to the start gate in snowboardcross with breaker, jams, youth, junior and menehune divisions charging the fast and clean Copper Mountain course. Acy Lane Craig, Julianne Tonkel, Kennedy Day and Madeline Lochte-Bono all took home golds.

Valentino Guseli, from the Southern Vermont Series, continued to dominate the breaker boys division taking home another gold in slopestyle.

Open class men and women competed in Rail Jam. Riders were throwing down X Games worthy tricks with Miles Fallon snagging  gold for the men and Alexis Roland jumping on top of the podium at the end of the night for the Ladies.

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The Progression Continues at USASA Nationals

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A fresh blanket of snow covered Copper Mountain for the third day of the 2017 USASA National Championships. Despite the fresh snow, all venues were running fast and medals continued to be won in slopestyle, halfpipe, snowboardcross, giant slalom, slalom and rail jam.

In women’s slopestyle progression was the name of the game with Ellie Duchow from Breckenridge, CO taking the win followed closely by California native Makayla Kellogg and Ellie Weiler. Fifth place finisher, Amber Zierden, landed a cab 540 underflip and earned herself a free session to High Cascade SummerCamp for the days hardest charger.

The progression continued over in men’s snowboard youth halfpipe competition with Kolman Lecroy taking the gold and a $400 gift card from Columbia Sportswear for Best Trick. Lecroy stomped a frontside inverted 900 on the first hit and edged out 2nd place finisher Joey Okesson, who took home Snurfer’s award for biggest air. Big Mountain West’s, Parker Giblin rounded out the podium in third.

Nor-Am racers took over the slalom course today, with American AJ Russ taking home $2000 along with his gold medal. Austrian Ina nabbed her second title in as many days on the women’s side.

Giant Slalom hosted Grommets and Kahuna with Rowan Driscoll racing in Grommet boys taking that top spot on the podium and Alex Juhasz in Kahuna men taking home the gold.

Eighty  Breaker boys took to the start gate in snowboardcross and Cole Paraiso made his way to the top of the heap, claiming a much sought after gold.

The snow continued to fall throughout the night during rail jam. Kenna Calliguri and Wyatt Niesen dominated rail jam under the lights.

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