Deep in the West in Big Sky, Montana, young snowboard and freeski athletes gathered to compete in the IFSA Junior North American Championships. SSCV made their mark on Big Sky during the day of competition. SSCV proudly put forward seven qualifying athletes at this prestigious event and landed three of those athletes in the top 10. 

The IFSA Junior North American Championships in Big Sky, Montana is an invite event for top skiers and snowboarders in the 12-14 year old and 15-18 year old categories.  A freeski athlete can qualify for this event by being in the top point standings at the end of the regular season.  If the athlete does well in this event they can be invited to the Junior World Championships which happen next season. Making it to that level of competition is no easy feat. The competition consisted of the 12-14 age category qualifiers on April 7th and the 15-18 qualifiers category on April 8th. 

“To have 7 qualified athletes from SSCV is a great accomplishment,” said Matt Luczkow, SSCV Head Freeride Coach. “They all had to work hard to achieve consistently high results throughout the season.  We then got to enjoy going to Big Sky, Montana to ski the renowned Obsidian venue in the final event of the season.

Below is a list of the SSCV qualified athletes:

12-14 Age Category: 

Drew Forstl
Alex Paul

15-18 Age Category: 

Finn Griffin
Sam Heller
Caroline Ungar
Kate Pitkin 

Below are the top ten placements for SSCV: 

Ski Male 12-14: 

7 – Alex Paul – SSCV 

Ski Male 15-18: 

8 – Finn Griffin – SSCV

Ski Female 15-18:  

7 – Jenna Meyers – SSCV

Full results can be found at