Copper Mountain hosted a USASA Snowboard Cross (SBX) and Skier Cross (SX) this past weekend, and with a tough field, Ski & Snowboard Club Vail garnered eight firsts with its snowboard and freeride teams.
“The athletes had to think quick with the difficult and tricky features throughout the course,” said coach Nikita Apostol.
Cristhian Ravelo mastered the terrain to take first in the men’s open class on Saturday.
“The course was very technical,” said Ravelo. “There were no breaks, and you had to be on your game the whole time.”
Cameron Chaney took a first in the SBX races for the 10-11 year old boys, as did Jack Warble for the 7 and under class, while Izak Little took a first in the SX for the 10-12 year old boys.
“Chaney brought on the heat,” said coach Apostol. “He stayed strong in the elimination rounds and carried it through to the finals.”
Other SSCV SBX athletes included Isabelle Deforest and Emily Duncan placing second and third for the 12 – 13 year old girls, and Reed Courtney and Senna Leith going fourth and fifth for 12 – 13 year old boys.
At Sunday’s competition, the athletes had to contend with clearing snow off the course. Everyone worked together and the event started on time.
Ravelo clinched another SX first, as did Little for the 10 – 12 year old boys.
“Ravelo’s 59 second time down the course was the fastest, and he brought that speed on to the finals,” said Apostol. “Little was also fast, and he took it to the finals like Ravelo.”
In a down-to-the-wire contest, Jack Coyne won for the 8 to 9 year old SBX boys, Warble took first again in his age class, Chaney was second in his age class, Courtney and Leith raced to a third and fourth for the 12 – 13 year old boys, and Isabelle Deforest took third for the 10 – 12 year old girls.