Rocky Mountain Freestyle returned to Vail’s Cookshack mogul arena for their competitive series on Saturday with an open mogul event, and this brought Ski & Snowboard Club Vail’s freestyle team to its first contest this season on their home hill.

“Cookshack was in the best shape I’ve seen,” said coach Kelsey Teran, a former freestyle skier with SSCV.  “There was a really long middle section which forced the kids to ski with solid fundamentals.”

Leading SSCV’s run at the course was Hunter Bailey in ninth.  Also finishing with a notable result was Jack Skidmore, placing eighth for the J3 boys.

Tess Johnson, SSCV’s 11 year-old bump skier, took her run to a 23rd overall against a group of older and stronger girls.

“We had some good training in the morning,” said Teran.  “And our team all had stronger second runs which demonstrates their mental toughness and perseverance.”

The Vail Valley Freestyle competition continues today with a dual mogul (head-to-head) competition on Vail’s Cookshack run.