Hickman, Curtzwiler continue Far West freestyle dominance
Two podium sweeps and three more victories highlighted Heavenly Ski Foundation’s showing at Far West freestyle events on Saturday and Sunday at Squaw Valley.
“Heavenly skiers continued to have strong showings on the steep and icy Red Dog course. There was some blue ice just like the stuff back east,” said Heavenly coach Jere Crawford.
Jake Hickman, Marshall Curtzwiler and Brandon Hartstein claimed the top-three spots in Saturday’s singles event, then came back later in the day to lead a 1-2-3-4 sweep in duals. Hickman’s winning run received a 22.80 score from judges, and Curtzwiler was next at 20.86.
In duals, Curtzwiler took top honors, while Yamato Kashima craftily took a surprising second, Hickman was third and Hartstein fourth.
Hickman (23.21) and Curtzwiler (21.35) also went 1-2 in the second singles competition on Sunday.
“Jake and Marshall are a potent one-two punch,” Crawford said.
Heavenly’s Anna Park, a J4 competitor, had a big weekend on the female side. She was second in duals, runner-up in the second singles contest and third in the opening singles event. Teammate Hannah Curtzwiler finished second in the first singles contest with a score of 19.38.
Other Heavenly highlights included rookie Zach Shearer delivering two ninth places; Shanti Koskinen overcoming a recent spate of hard luck to post a ninth-place result in Sunday’s singles; Lakota Wright finishing among the top 10 twice on the strength of his tight turns; Sage Wright placing runner-up twice among J5s; a consistent Taryn Baker finishing sixth in all three events; and Lynne Hickman placing among the top 10 leaders in all three contests.
Heavenly Mountain Resort will host the Far West Division on Jan. 30-31 and Feb. 6-7. Action starts at approximately 10:30 a.m. each day. The opening event on Jan. 30 is the Eric Nageotte Lowe Memorial Moguls contest. A memorial party is scheduled for 6-10 p.m. on Jan. 30 at Mo’s Place. There will be dinner, dancing, a raffle and games.