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Heavenly’s Roberts earns podium at JOs

Staff reports

Heavenly Ski and Snowboard Foundation freestyle skier Jimmy Roberts finished third in dual moguls last Sunday and was the only team member to finish on the podium at the two-day Junior Olympics in Steamboat Springs, Colo.

Roberts was 12th in Friday’s single moguls competition, while Marshall Curtzwiler was 47th and Brandon Hartstein 77th. In duals, Hartstein tied for 17th and Curtzwiler tied for 23rd.

The freestyle girls also had several standout performances, with Hannah Curtzwiler placing fifth overall in singles with a score of 20.06, and she followed that up with a fourth-place finish in duals.

Rebecca Roberts won her age group for the third consecutive year in singles, placing 11th overall with a score of 17.86. She was eighth in duals.

Yamato Kashima and Nikki Laird both qualified for the event but were unable to participate. Next up for the team is nationals March 15-16 in Deer Valley, Utah.

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Former Heavenly freestyle members Sho Kashima, who is on the U.S. Ski Team, and Jay Panther, who is having a successful season on the Nor-Am circuit, are both expected to compete in nationals.

Squaw offering spring skiing pass

Squaw Valley is offering a $179 spring pass, valid from March 30 until the end of the 2007-08 winter season. The North Shore resort usually stays open until Memorial Day weekend in late May, which would equate to almost two full months of unlimited skiing and riding.

The price of Squaw’s spring pass can also be used toward a 2008-09 adult, youth or senior season pass. For more information, call (530) 452-7123 or visit http://www.squaw.com.

big air contest coming to Sierra

The second annual “Buckle Up for Big Air” competition, organized in honor of former Sierra freestyle team rider Greg Smith, is scheduled for Saturday, March 22 at Sierra-at-Tahoe. The competition is open to skiers and snowboarders.

Entry fee is $30 for professionals and $20 for amateurs. For those competitors who don’t have a season pass, Sierra is offering $35 lift tickets.

The men’s open class prize is $500 and the women’s open class prize is $200. In addition to prize money, there will be a barbecue, live music and other prizes.

Greg Smith, who was from the Placerville area, died in a car accident on Nov. 18, 2006 in South Lake Tahoe.

He was 16.

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