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Heavenly skiers enjoy aerial success

Steve Yingling

Better known for its bump skiers, Heavenly Foundation demonstrated last weekend it can be a force in the air as well.

Cristie Tibbetts and Travis Woodcock swept a pair of Far West aerial events at Heavenly Ski Resort. Twenty-seven aerialists competed.

“Travis was pretty much head and shoulders above everybody else,” said Heavenly fifth-year freestyle skiing coach Jere Crawford.



In the opening aerial event, Tibbetts, skiing with a broken thumb, scored 21.14 points, topping Sierra-at-Tahoe’s Amber Ramos (18.67).

Heavenly’s Ryan Hickey (22.70) and Jonathan Strohm (22.37) were second and third, respectively, to Woodcock’s 23.08. Hickey was the top J-3 and Strohm No. 1 among J-2s in both events.



Other results from the first aerial event were Jason Scott, sixth overall, third J-3, 19.92; Tyler Bradford, eighth, 19.71; Jerel Dutton, 10th, first J-1, 17.22; Justin Woodcock, 11th, 16.87; Derek Dimitri, 12th, 16.44; and Thomas Schwindeman, 14th, first J-4, 16.18.

Results from the second aerial competition were Tibbetts, first female overall, 20.74; Ramos, third, first J-4, 18.27; Travis Woodcock, first male, 27.56; Strohm, second, first J-2, 24.08; Hickey, third, first J-3, 22.11; Dimitri, fifth, third J-3, 20.70; Dutton, eighth, first J-5, 18.24; Justin Woodcock, ninth, 17.92; Schwindeman, 14th, second J-4, 16.53; Bradford, 15th, 16.43; and Scott, 23rd, 22.55.

Tibbetts also showcased her mogul skiing talent on Sunday, bumping off the female competition by a wide margin. Heavenly’s Robin Ballachey was sixth with 19.20, Sierra’s Ramos seventh with 15.34 and Heavenly’s Joi Gallant 11th with 11.54.

Todd Disbrow of Squaw Valley scaled the male podium. Travis Cabral of South Lake Tahoe was runner-up.

Additional Heavenly mogul results were: Hickey, 11th, third J-3, 20.50; Dimitri, 13th, fourth J-3, 20.16; Strohm, 14th, fifth J-2, 20.05; Scott, 19th, fifth J-3, 18.63; Bradford, 26th, seventh J-3, 16.39; Justin Woodcock, 31st, ninth J-3, 13.49; Schwindeman, 34th, second J-4, 12.65; Sho Kashima, 38th, fourth J-4, 10.82; Brad Lipovsky, 40th, fifth J-4, 10.56; Kyle Hernandez, 41st, sixth J-4, 10.09; and Dutton, 42nd, second J-5, 9.78; Eric Nageotte, 47th, ninth J-4, 8.61; Grant Devore, 52nd, 12th J-3, 8.13; Brent Abrams, 57th, 12th J-4, 7.25; Travis Woodcock, 59th, fifth J-1, 5.40; and Korrey Woodcock, 62nd, eighth J-5, 1.16.

Heavenly was able to squeeze in the bump event Sunday as a major winter storm moved into the area.

“There was just enough light where the judges could see the top of the (Gunbarel) course,” Crawford said.

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