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Snowboarding’s best descend on Tahoe

Kimmy Fasani is nearing the end of a breakout season as a professional snowboarder. A podium-worthy performance in her hometown contest would make it that much sweeter.

“I’m very much looking forward to it,” Fasani said of the Vans Cup slopestyle competition. “The last two years have been rough for me. I haven’t had a lot of luck.”

She’ll have a shot at avenging her disappointing past results Saturday when the fourth annual event – touted by organizers as the “West Coast’s biggest snowboard contest” – descends on the slopes of Northstar-at-Tahoe.



Featuring a large field of the sport’s most talented athletes, both locally and from across the globe, the Vans Cup kicks off with an evening rail jam Friday, followed by a slopestyle contest Saturday and superpipe Sunday.

Fasani, a 2002 Truckee High grad, hopes to ride the momentum from her scintillating season to a quality finish in the slopestyle, which remains her forte in competition.



Representing the South Shore will be Sierra-at-Tahoe’s EIijah Teter and Heavenly’s Andreas Wiig in the men’s halfpipe competition. Wiig and South Lake Tahoe’s Jimi Tomer will participate in the men’s slopestyle competition. Tahoe Paradise’s Joanie Anderson is scheduled to compete in women’s halfpipe.

Fourth Annual Vans Cup at Tahoe

Friday

Rail Jam, 5-6:45 p.m.

Saturday

Men’s and women’s slopestyle qualifying, 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

Men’s and women’s slopestyle finals, 11:30 a.m.Ð3 p.m.

Sunday

Men’s and women’s superpipe qualifying, 9 a.m. to noon

Men’s and women’s superpipe finals, 12:30-4p.m.


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