Pictured above – Women’s Mogul Duals podium at this past Sunday’s Rocky Mountain Freestyle National Brotherhood of Skiers Mogul Classic on Golden Peak – 1st Ava Keenan – SSCV (center), 2nd Mahlia Torres – SSCV (left) and Eden Kruger (right).
February 9, 2023 Vail, CO February 4th & 5th, the Rocky Mountain Freestyle circuit returned to Gold Peak for the National Brotherhood of Skiers (NBS) Mogul Classic. Saturday’s open mogul event featured top regional and FIS athletes including a few Australians finishing up their annual Colorado pilgrimage. Winter Park’s Asher Michel blazed the course in just under 22 seconds to win the men’s event. Vail’s Jackson True charged to 2nd with aggressive skiing on the 222 meters at 27 degrees pitch. Porter Huff, a U15 picked up the third podium spot for Winter Park. For SSCV, Caden McCormick broke the top 10 with 8th overall and a 3rd place in the strong U17 field won by Killington’s Gabriel Johnson.
In the women’s open, Winter Park dominated again with Olivia Maurais perching atop the podium. SSCV’s Cali Carr’s second run bumped ahead of teammate Reese Chapdelaine, also SSCV, for 2nd and 3rd. Chapdelaine skied the fastest run of the day, and Carr was within a half second, but Maurais’ turns won the day. Back from injury sustained at Vail’s previous event in December, U15 Mahlia Torres made a strong return to competition with a 5th overall and an ageclass victory. Winner of last year’s Vail RMF event U13 champion Ava Keenan, took 6th testing out a new air package of Back Tuck to Back X.
In Sunday’s Duals, Keenan and Torres marched through the brackets, where the Vail teammates went head to head for an SSCV final. Ava Keenan stomped her run to take the duals crown. Torres got tossed in the middle section, but came away unscathed with silver. SSCV’s Sophie Jachimowicz narrowly missed out on a Vail sweep coming away with 4th place, guardian to the podium. In the men’s bracket, Winter Park cruised to a sweep with John Orgeldinger, Porter Huff and Parker Burrows crowding the podium. For SSCV, Beckett Dickson was the sole finalist battling it out for 8th place.
For a complete list of results go to www.rockymountainfreestyle.com.