Vail is making waves on the Freeride World Tour with a pair of brothers. On the skiing side, Kevin, 20, and Jack, 22, Nichols finished first and third, respectively, on the Freeride World Qualifying Tour, which ended last weekend in Kirkwood, California.

The Nichols boys grew up on Vail Mountain chasing after their oldest brother Christian, 25. Jack and Kevin were in Ski & Snowboard Club Vail. They bounced around from traditional programs like Alpine and freestyle moguls, but once they ran into the club’s freeriding coach Garrett Scahill, they found home.

“I think it’s mostly that you can do what you want,” Jack said. “You can look at a (mountain) face, and we find different styles to get down, as opposed to doing the same old thing.” …

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