Far West bumpers finally have their powder day: Disbrow, Ramos score the highest marks
They couldn’t call it off.
Far West bump skiers have waited most of the winter to finally have some soft snow to land on. A powder keg of fresh snow dumped prior, during and after a Far West moguls event Saturday at Squaw Valley.
“It was a really cold day and some of the kids couldn’t see the bumps in front of them,” said Heavenly coach Jere Crawford. “The new snow made it real tricky because the skiers had to deal with two conditions on one course: Down in the ruts the snow was firm from the previous days, but on the sides there was new powder up to a foot deep.”
Two feet of new snow didn’t slow down Squaw Valley’s Jesse Jenison, who won his second straight men’s competition with a score of 27.04. Squaw teammate Todd Disbrow was second with 26.10 and Curtis Tischler of Reno came in third at 25.20.
Amber Ramos of Sierra-at-Tahoe again ruled the women’s moguls, winning with a score of 19.97. Mckenzy Golding of Squaw wasn’t far off Ramos’ winning pace at 19.52, and Squaw’s Alexandra Teng took home third with 17.94.
Heavenly’s Courtney Royce led the J4 girls and was fourth overall with her score of 14.27.
Ryan Hickey of Heavenly was the top J1 bumper and eighth overall in the men’s field with his 22.96 effort.
Jimmy Roberts, who has finished as the J5 king of the hill in all but one race this season, continued to rule the preteen division. Judges gave the 10-year-old a 13.96 score, which was good for 39th overall.
“That’s a good score for a J5,” Crawford said. “He was working on 720s on the course (Sunday) and he actually made a couple of them.
“The older kids are looking at him and they’re like, ‘Boy, we better step it up.'”
Sierra’s Jason Scott was 11th overall and third in the J3 class with 22.22. Also leaving their marks at Squaw were: Heavenly’s Ben Abrams, first J3 and 17th overall, 19.86; Heavenly’s Sho Kashima, third J3 and 22nd overall, 18.37; Heavenly’s Jerel Dutton, seventh J3 and 29th overall, 16.17; Sierra’s Luke Palmieri, eighth J3 and 33rd overall, 15.80; Heavenly’s Jason Strull, third J2 and 36th overall, 15.34; and Heavenly’s Eric Nageotte, 11th J3 and 49th overall, 10.58.
A double upright aerials competition was wiped out Sunday at Squaw Valley as the heavy snow didn’t let up.
“It was set for the top of the mountain and they expected the light to be bad,” said Crawford, who hopes to reschedule the event Saturday at Heavenly.
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