Vail, Colo. March 13, 2022 – SSCV moguls skiers have been very busy on the bumps this season. For its Rocky Mountain Freestyle (RMF) Competition Series athletes, at the regional level, it all came down to the RMF Divisional Championships in Winter Park on March 5-6, the inaugural National Brotherhood of Skiers’ (NBS) Grand Prix, and RMF’s Season Awards. For SSCV’s FIS level athletes it was a fruitful NorAm series. Over the two days of difficult competition at the divisional championships, SSCV bested the bumps and competition at Winter Park and grabbed four podiums and 10 top ten placements. SSCV also obtained multiple prestigious RMF awards. At the National Brotherhood of Skiers’ Grand Prix, SSCV athletes took 4 podiums, garnering $11,000 in scholarship awards. SSCV’s FIS athletes had 16 top 20 standings in moguls, dual moguls, and overalls throughout the NorAM series, including 16 top twenty standing and first for the women.
Rocky Mountain Freestyle Divisional Championships
The RMF Divisional Championships in Winter Park is an invite competition where high-level mogul skiers ages 11 to 21 in the Rocky Mountain division who have competed in at least two RMF mogul events and one RMF dual mogul event this season gather to showcase their skills at a regional level. This level of RMF competition, COMP, is fully sanctioned by US Ski & Snowboard with competitions in mogul and dual mogul, and is the most highly competitive series out of the three offered by RMF. The event consisted of an open moguls event on Saturday, March 5th, and a duals mogul event on Sunday, March 6th.
“SSCV Mogul had a number of standout performances at Divisional Champs. Garrett Marley threw down in the mogul final to take the win over teammate Oliver Smith. Garrett skied strong and nailed his airs competing a cork 10 on the bottom kicker for the first time in comp. Oliver led after the 1st run and put down the fastest time of the day in his 2nd run, but Marley’s air and turns scores secured the overall win,” said John Dowling, SSCV Mogul Program Director.
“Teammate Nash Lucas stood just outside the podium in fourth with Winter Park’s Asher Michel preventing a Vail sweep. Chase Barros and Jiah Cohen also landed top 10s in a strong SSCV showing for the men. Young SSCV bump star Beckett Dickson went with 360 to Bronco to earn the top spot in the men’s U-13.”
“Reese Chapdelaine bumped her way to 3rd in the women’s overall. Cali Carr took yet another Age Class win in the U-15. Mogul prodigy Mahlia Torres ripped her way to a 4th consecutive U13 win. Mahlia has asserted herself since coming off an early-season injury and is now building on each successive performance.”
Below are podiums and SSCV top 10 for the RMF Divisional Championships::
Female Open Mogul – March 5, 2022
1 – Liv Sorka – Winter Park
2 – Evelyn Harris – Summit
3 – Reese Chapdelaine – SSCV
11 – Cali Carr – SSCV – 1st for F15 age group
13 – Mahlia Torres – SSCV – 1st for F13 age group
Male Open Moguls – March 5, 2022
1 – Garrett Marley – SSCV
2 – Oliver Smith – SSCV
3- Asher Michel – Winter Park
4 – Nash Lucas – SSCV
8- Chase Barros – SSCV
9 – Jiah Cohen – SSCV
43 – Beckett Dixon – SSCV -1st for M13 age group
Female Dual Moguls – March 6, 2022
1 – Ali Homans – Winter Park
2 – Isabel Mont – Winter Park
3 – Ayad Anabel – Steamboat
6 – Kaiya Torres – SSCV
Male Dual Moguls – March 6, 2022
1 – True Jackson – Summit
2 – Oliver Smith – SSCV
3- Peyton Billeisen – Aspen
4 – Nash Lucas – SSCV
5 – Chase Barros – SSCV
Rocky Mountain Freestyle End of Season Awards
RMF named SSCV’s Ava Keenan the 2022 Rookie of the Year for her breakout season, including a win and two top 10s. Keenan is an 11 year old RMF COMP athlete.
Cali Carr was awarded RMF’s “Go For The Gold” award presented in honor of Colorado Olympian Melanie Pelanik. The ‘Go For The Gold’ award goes to the U-15 RMF skier that shows the fire and determination to take it all the way to the Olympics. Previous winners include Kai Owens, Tess Johnson and Jeremy Bloom.
For full results and more information go to https://rockymountainfreestyle.com
National Brotherhood of Skiers’ Grand Prix
This season, the National Brotherhood of Skiers’ Grand Prix was introduced for the first time. The National Brotherhood of Skiers’ Grand Prix is a financial aid program operated through RMF to award scholarships to RMF athletes, to be used for education or qualified freestyle programs or competition expenses, based on their performance in the RMF competitive mogul series (COMP Series).
The NBS Grand Prix program awarded $35,000 in scholarships in this program’s inaugural year. Next year RMF plans to award even more scholarships with the goal of offering a scholarship equivalent to a full year of college tuition. Since mogul skiing is not an NCAA sport and no sport scholarships for mogul skiing exist, RMF and its sponsor the National Brotherhood of Skiers are backing these athletes directly.
“Oliver Smith took home $5000 for 2nd place in The National Brotherhood of Skiers Grand Prix Program. Oliver actually tied winner Asher MIchel for the overall points total, but took second by the tiebreaking protocol,” said Dowling. “Teammates Garrett Marley and Reese Chapdelaine both took home 3rd place and $3000 scholarships sponsored by the National Brotherhood of Skiers. This year’s winners, Asher Michel of Winter Park and Annabel Ayad of Steamboat, won scholarships of $6500 each.”
Below are the SSCV top 20 standings for the National Brotherhood of Skiers’ Grand Prix:
SSCV Women Standings – National Brotherhood of Skiers’ Grand Prix
3rd – Reese Chapdelaine
5th – Cali Carr
11th – Kaiya Torres
19th – Mahlia Torres
SSCV Men Standings – National Brotherhood of Skiers’Grand Prix
2nd – Oliver Smith
3rd – Garrett Marley
6th – Jiah Cohen
10th – Jameson Kust
15th – Chase Barros
18th – Nash Lucas
19th – Caden McCormick
20th – Ryan Stockton
For full rankings and more information go to https://rockymountainfreestyle.com.
The Nor-Am cup is the North American tour series, and a stepping stone into the World Cup circuit. SSCV athletes excelled at this event.
Below are the current NorAM Cup standings for SSCV athletes:
NorAM Standing (4 Mogul events, 4 Dual Mogul events)
(1- Deer Valley, Utah 2- Apex, Canada 3- Val Saint-Come, Canada 4- Killington, Vermont)
1st – Elizabeth Lemley 6th – Landon Wendler
17th – Georgia Stewart 16th – Nash Lucas
18th – Reese Chapdelaine 21st – Garrett Marley
1st – Elizabeth Lemley 5th – Landon Wendler
13th – Georgia Stewart 20th – Nash Lucas
17th – Reese Chapdelaine
Dual Mogul Standings
1st – Elizabeth Lemley 4th – Landon Wendler
17th – Reese Chapdelaine 11th – Garrett Marley
20th – Georgia Stewart 13th – Nash Lucas
For full results and more information go to https://www.fis-ski.com/.
Looking ahead, the next 2 big events for the SSCV mogul team will be Junior National Championships at Utah Olympic Park from March 17th-20th and National Championships at Deer Valley Resort from March 24th-27th.