Day 1 of USASA Skier Nationals went off without a hitch! The bluebird day lent to an overwhelming amount of spectators at all 3 venues and smiles to be had all around. The SkierCross course hosted our youngest competitors, up to 12 years of age. Age, however, was deceiving, as they all ripped up the course! Over on Slopestyle, our 13 to 18 year old competitors were putting on quite the show, with many of these competitors hitting the biggest jump line. Our oldest competitors and open class athletes showcased their talent at the Halfpipe. Jon Lang, one of the halfpipe judges, was overheard saying, “The talent out there was unreal; it was definitely at the pro level and awesome to watch.” The Open Class skiers, who were putting it all on the line for cash, ended up with very close scores in the top 3 for both men and women. In the end, Aaron Blunck, at 15 years old, took the gold medal in men’s Open Ski Halfpipe, followed by Alex Ferreira, and Kyle Smaine. For women, the podium consisted of Annalisa Drew, Maggie Stout, and Jamie Crane-Mauzy, respectively.
Tomorrow we are looking at weather similar to today, with temps creeping even a little higher. Courses are expected to continue to be top-notch as the temperatures fall overnight.