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SnowBomb Sick & Twisted gives skiers breath of fresh air

Steve Yingling, Tribune sports editor

Garrett Moulton and Mik Gadomski are Sick & Twisted these days and it’s not a bad thing.

The South Lake Tahoe teen-agers are capitalizing on a sport originally created for snowboarders but which has become a nice fit for skiers as well.

In the past two SnowBomb Sick & Twisted Competition Series at Kirkwood and Northstar-at-Tahoe, the South Tahoe High School friends have taken turns winning their respective slopestyle classes.

“It’s really getting bigger,” Moulton said. “Just the fact that a bunch of skiers come out to them and they have them for skiers (makes it appealing).”

Moulton, 18, outdueled 24 other competitors to win the open class Feb. 15 at Kirkwood, while Gadomski, 17, won the amateur 13-30 division at Northstar last weekend.

“I wasn’t expecting that at all,” said Moulton, who earned $500 for his first contest victory. “I was just doing everything smooth and everything that I threw I landed really good.”

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In slopestyle, skiers and riders are scored on how they handle the aggressive man-made terrain, which includes fun boxes, rails and jumps. Competitors are given two runs to try and post the best score they can.

“Once you land that first run clean, you can try whatever you want off the second run. You need a foundation to fall back on,” said Gadomski, who won a mountain board for his triumph at Northstar.

Gadomski and Moulton have become good friends, training at Sierra or Kirkwood after school.

“We’re trying to improve each other,” Gadomski said.

The Sick & Twisted series continues with a superpipe competition March 8 at Sierra-at-Tahoe. Registration is from 8-10 a.m., practice from 10-11:30 a.m. and the event commences at noon.

There are amateur and pro divisions for snowboarders and skiers. In the open pro class, riders and skiers compete for a $500 first prize, $300 for second and $200 for third place.

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