Far West skiers turn up the volume in bump fest at Sierra
Far West moguls skiers literally spent the weekend on the bumps at Sierra-at-Tahoe.
Division bumpers enjoyed a rare treat: a duals and two singles competitions in two days.
“It was a really excellent course and Sierra put on a really good event,” said Heavenly coach Jere Crawford.
Sierra coach Jeff Stowell built the course almost single-handedly.
“The ski school side-stepped it for me, but I was the shoveler,” Stowell said.
Sierra’s Amber Ramos responded to skiing on her home terrain, winning two singles events and taking runner-up in duals. Squaw dominated the men’s races as former U.S. Freestyle Ski Team member Curtis Tischler of Reno won a pair of singles events and Squaw Valley teammate Jesse Jenison took the duals.
“Curtis is trying to get back into it. He’s been out of it for two years,” Crawford said.
Tischler won Saturday’s singles event with 26.13 points. Ryan Hickey of Heavenly was the top J1 and was sixth overall at 23.87.
Tischler’s singles win on Sunday didn’t come as easily as he scored 24.73. Hickey was fourth with 24.01. Sierra’s Jason Scott and Chris Stamey were 11th and 12th with 20.73 and 20.57, respectively.
Hickey and Scott contended for Sunday’s duals title, but Jenison prevailed. Hickey was second, Scott was third and Heavenly’s Tyler Bradford tied for fifth.
“I’m happy with everybody,” Stowell said. “I thought all my kids skied stand-up runs.”
Ramos and Heavenly’s Courtney Royce were consistent throughout the weekend. Ramos won Saturday’s women’s singles with 22.33 points, while Royce was fifth with 19.06. Ramos nearly put down an identical run Sunday in winning singles with 22.22. Royce was fourth with 15.41.
However, Ramos was bumped back to second by Park City, Utah’s Anna Eberle in Sunday’s duals. Royce came in fourth.
Saturday’s singles race also saw Scott finish 14th overall and fourth among J1s with 21.28; Stamey, 17th overall and sixth J1, 20.91; Bradford, 18th overall and seventh J1, 20.54; Heavenly’s Sho Kashima, 21st overall and second J3, 19.41; Heavenly’s Jerel Dutton, 22nd overall and third J3, 19.39; Sierra’s Tamara Stamey, sixth overall and third J3, 8.70; independent Brent Abrams, 24th overall and fourth J3, 18.48; Sierra’s Luke Palmieri, 27th overall and sixth J3, 18.27; Heavenly’s Jimmy Roberts, 38th overall and first J5, 15.94; Heavenly’s Kyle Hernandez, 39th overall and 10th J3, 15.81; Heavenly’s Eric Nageotte, 51st overall and 15th J3, 13.30; Heavenly’s Jason Strull, 53rd overall and ninth J2, 12.85; and Heavenly’s Chris Craig, 55th overall and seventh.
In Sunday’s singles, Bradford came in 16th overall and sixth among J1s, 19.43; Abrams, 16th overall and No. 1 J3, 18.13; Dutton, 19th overall and second J3, 17.61; Strull, 21st overall and third J2, 16.90; Palmieri, 27th overall and third J3, 15.76; Roberts, 41st overall and No. 1 J5, 13.25; and Hernandez, 44th overall and 10th J3, 13.01. Strull tied for ninth in duals and Dutton tied for 17th.
Crawford was pleased with his team’s performance as they finally competed on a course similar to its own.
“A lot more stood up their runs,” Crawford said. “They’ve been training on manmade courses that are hard and competing on soft courses. This course was kind of like our course, and they did a lot better.”
Far West freestylers will be busy again this weekend at Squaw Valley. A pair of upright aerial contests are scheduled as well as a moguls event.
“A lot of divisions aren’t into upright aerials, but our team and Alpine Meadows’ team have been,” Crawford said.
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