Six more medals for STSS at nationals |

Six more medals for STSS at nationals

Vano claims another gold medal

Staff Report

Donna Vano won her second gold medal in as many days to lead six South Tahoe Snowboard Series medalists Tuesday at the 17th annual USASA National Championships at Northstar-at-Tahoe.

Vano, who won gold on Monday in boardercross, claimed another gold Tuesday by winning the halfpipe competition in kahuna women (50-59). Her score of 81.6 points was more than 15 points higher than the second-place finisher.

Kyle Smaine won gold in the skier boys’ (11-15) boardercross race and Brian Walker placed sixth. Shawndrea Wisma won a silver medal in boardercross in skier girls.

In other halfpipe action, Keyon Heydarian placed seventh in grommet boys (8-9), Taylor Chatwin finished fifth in grommet girls and Janessa Brackett seventh. Dick Schulze, who finished 10th on Monday in boardercross in kahuna men (50-59), placed fourth in Tuesday’s halfpipe competition.

Two STSS riders won silver medals in slopestyle, with Nancy Ng taking second in master women (30-39) and Katie Stewart taking second in skier women (16-19). On Monday in halfpipe, Ng won gold and Stewart claimed silver in their respective divisions.

In other slopestyle action on Tuesday, Alissa Withrow placed eighth in jam’s women (18-22), James Strawser fourth in senior men (23-29) and J.P. Bergeron sixth in master men (30-39).

In junior men (16-17), Jon Villani improved on Monday’s fifth-place finish in giant slalom to the tune of a gold medal in Tuesday’s slalom races. In other slalom races, Roger Carver placed fifth in open class men, while Adam Neil and Casey Weathers finished ninth and 10th, respectively.

In open class women, Alysa Radder and Francy Alcamo placed eighth and 10th, respectively, in slalom. With six medals on Tuesday, STSS has 15 medals in two days of competition.

Events continue today at Northstar. For more information, visit

Kirkwood extreme event starts today

The fourth stop of the Freeskiing World Finals and U.S. Freeskiing Series Finals begins today at Kirkwood Mountain Resort. Part of the Subaru North American Freeskiing Championships, the event attracts the best extreme skiers in the country.

Male and female skiers will be battling for $12,500 in prize money. The event continues through Sunday.

Also going on Sunday at Kirkwood is the Subaru U.S. Skiercross Series, the third stop of the North American Skiercross Championships. Participants will be competing for $10,000 in prize money.

Squaw/Alpine passes on sale

Alpine Meadows’ popular $99 spring pass is now available and can be used every day until the North Shore resort announces a closing date, which it has yet to do. The $99 spring pass can also be applied to a 2006-07 adult full season pass. For more information, call Alpine Meadows at (530) 583-4232, ext. 310 or visit

Another attractive option for North Shore enthusiasts is to buy Squaw Valley’s 2006-07 season pass at the early discount rate and then ski or ride for free the rest of this season. After March 31, the early season adult full-season pass is $1,339 and the midweek pass is $849. The early season rates expire on June 15.

For more information, call Squaw Valley at (530) 583-6985 or visit

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