Boarder/skier cross events popular at Sierra-at-Tahoe
One hundred thirty five athletes showed up Sunday, Feb. 4, on a warm sunny, spring-like day to compete in the United States of America Snowboard and Freeski Association’s skier/boardercross event at Sierra-at-Tahoe.
Athletes came from all over Northern California and teams were on-hand from Sierra-at-Tahoe, Kirkwood and Heavenly mountain resorts, Northstar and Squaw Valley / Alpine Meadows.
“The course was especially difficult due to the multiple rollers near the finish,” said Roger Ashton, president of the Sierra-at-Tahoe Education Foundation. “The athletes had to decide if they were going to absorb the rollers and try to stay close to the snow, or launch the rollers and try to clear the following roller. It’s a critical split second decision that can end the race for you, or worse, send you to the bottom of the mountain in a sled.”
The competitors got one time trial practice run and then went straight into racing.
On such a warm day it was imperative to use the proper wax and each team had its own waxing pit area near the start house.
Using the right wax and sliding into first place on the roller derby-style race in their respective age divisions were freeskiers Tanner Murphy, of Tahoma (boys 12-13); Jack Bruce, of Tahoe City (boys 10-11); Brewer Stone, of Mill Valley (boys 14-15); Julia Edmondson, of Burlingame (girls 12-13); Deia Steinmetz, of South Lake Tahoe (girls 10-11); Abby Winterberger, of Truckee (girls 7 and under); Katherine Lipe, of Salinas (girls 14-15); Lillia Verduzco, of South Lake Tahoe (girls 8-9); Jameson Drum, of South Lake Tahoe (boys 8-9); Leo Brougher, of Los Altos Hills (boys 16-17); Thomas Hayward, of Reno (men’s open); Waylon Evans, of South Lake Tahoe (boys 7 and under); and snowboarders Caitlin Mayo, of Napa (women 18-22); Analise Mulert, of El Dorado Hills (girls 16-17); Kim Percy, of Truckee (women 40-49); Evalena Volk, of Castro Valley (girls 7 and under); Peighton Coffey, of Rough and Ready (girls 14-15); Mark Allen, of Novato (men 50-59); Dick Schulze, of Truckee (men 60-plus); Mort Nyberg, of Truckee (men’s open); Hahna Norman, of Truckee (girls 12-13); Neveah Verduzco, of South Lake Tahoe (girls 10-11); Seth Writh, of Fox Island, Washington (boys 12-13); Talon Su, of Fairfield (boys 8-9); Flynn Davis, of Chico (boys 16-17); Luke Leal, of South Lake Tahoe (boys 10-11); Matthew Laboda, of Chester (boys 7 and under); and Cole Johnson, of El Dorado Hills (boys 14-15).
The final USASA skier/boardercross for the season will take place Saturday, Feb. 10, at Sierra-at-Tahoe. There will be USASA slopestyle events at Sierra on Feb. 17 and Feb. 25. If snow allows, there will be a USASA halfpipe event March 3 at Northstar.
“Sierra-at-Tahoe and their staff … No other mountain does as much for their community youth athletes as Sierra,” Ashton said.