USASA South Tahoe Series has weekend packed with competition |

USASA South Tahoe Series has weekend packed with competition

Special to the Tribune

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – Competitors from all around the Lake Tahoe area, and as far away as Mammoth and the Bay Area, came out to the first full weekend of competition for the USASA South Tahoe Series. Competitors earn points to qualify for the National Championships in Copper Mountain Colorado in April, during each day’s events.

The weekend’s festivities began with a combination Slalom and GS on Heavenly’s World Cup Friday night. In the Youth Women 14-15 Giant Slalom Race, Taylor Chatwin took the first place. Roxanne Shuman and Megan King battled for second place, Shuman took the silver by .05 seconds. In the Slalom event, Dylan Staples of El Dorado took the gold, followed by Sean Holmes of Reno and Curtis Pry of Red Bluff.

On Saturday, the slopestyle competition was hosted at Sierra at Tahoe on the Broadway Terrain Park. Spectators hooted from the lifts as competitors showed their skills on the rails and jumps. In the Boys 8-9 year old division, Anthony Piccinonno came out on top closely followed by local ripper Preston Hallen and Zion Gandolfo. In the Skier Men (13-15 years old) Will Mault edged out a gold medal over Trevor Valchar and Christopher Weir.

Sunday’s boardercross /skiercross at Sierra was the largest event of the weekend with 76 competitors. Each competitor participated in a one-run timed trial, the fastest time had first lane choice throughout the day’s race eliminations. In the Skier Boys 10-12 category, Tobin McRae won the gold medal, followed by Cooper McLay (silver) and Bobby Pillon (bronze). One of the most exciting races of the day was the Open Men Snowboard Final. Squaw Coach Mort Nyberg came out on top followed closely by Cole Johnson and Austin Leal.

The next USASA event will be a Rail Jam held Friday, February 3rd, at the Hot Gossip Parking Lot, 3447 Lake Tahoe Blvd. Registration will be held from 4-5 p.m., practice from 5-6 p.m. and competition will begin at 6 p.m. For more information on the USASA South Tahoe series contact

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