Snowbomb hits Sierra-at-Tahoe with a bang |

Snowbomb hits Sierra-at-Tahoe with a bang

Chad Sellmer, Tribune staff writer’s Sick and Twisted Superpipe competition went off at Sierra-at-Tahoe on Saturday, with Kirkwood’s Garret Moulton taking first in men’s open skiing and Scott Bowen of South Lake Tahoe winning men’s open in snowboarding.

Moulton finished ahead of Casey Stevens of Napa, Calif., by a best score of 26.1 to 24.4 for Stevens. Defending U.S. moguls champion Travis Ramos of Sierra was third with 24, followed by Sean Carey of Truckee at 23.9 and Jeremy Witters of South Lake Tahoe in fifth at 23.6.

Moulton, an-18-year-old senior at South Tahoe High School, was participating in his fifth Snowbomb event of the season, having won two this season.

“It felt good,” he said. “I was surprised because I didn’t think I would win the halfpipe.”

Moulton said this was his first-ever halfpipe competition. He uses Snowbomb events to train and showcase his skills.

“I just want to progress as much as I can (as a skier) and see if it take me somewhere,” he said.

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In the men’s amateur ski class, Sierra’s Matt Milell was first at 19.9, followed by Chris Wallace of South Lake Tahoe in second with 18.6, Nick Suarez of South Lake Tahoe in third with 18, Trevor Ricioli in fourth with 17.9 and South Tahoe’s Danny Suarez in fifth with 17.8.

As for snowboarders, Bowen beat out Heavenly’s Jeff Kaczmar in men’s open by a very close score of 21.9 to 21.8. Tahoe City’s Seth Pittman was third with 21.1, Heavenly’s Abe Greenspan was fourth with 19.1 and Incline’s Mike Vernazza was fifth with 19.

In men’s amateur class, Sierra’s Chad Cooney was first with 20.8, followed by Forrest Alcamo of Modesto at 18.7, South Lake Tahoe’s Eric Cianei was third with 18.3 and Philip Cianei was fourth with 16. Nash Lundquest of Sonora finished fifth with 15.5.

In all there are nine events at five area resorts in the Sick and Twisted competition. Events include halfpipe, big air and slopestyle for both skiers and boarders, male and female, although general manager Chris Bouman admitted during the awards ceremony that mostly men show up.

“We have had trouble getting women out this year,” Bouman said.

Nonetheless, several women turned out for the snowboarding competition.

Paige Warner of Tahoe City was the winner of the women’s division with a score of 22, followed by Tahoe City’s Kristen Bedard in second with 20.7, Sierra’s Becky Bruce in third with 18.3, Aera Neuman of Truckee in fourth with 18.2 and Christy Rossa of South Lake Tahoe in fifth with 18.1.

In boys’ 12-and-under skiing, Truckee’s Ben Westmoreland finished first with a score of 22.7, followed by Colby Albino and Kyle Wallace of South Lake Tahoe with 21.8 and 18.9, respectively. For boys’ snowboarding, Sierra’s Matt Stuck won the event with 19.2 and Jack Lyle of South Lake Tahoe was second with 18.5.

“A lot of people look at us as the Snowbomb crew, but we have some of the best skiers in Tahoe,” Bouman noted. “The talent is huge and it’s really a lot of fun.”

Event winners took home $350 and other prizes were awarded as well. On average, Snowbomb gives away about $2,000 per contest, according to Bouman.