Travis Ramos tunes up for World Cup by ruling Gunbarrel
Travis Ramos gained some momentum for this week’s World Cup freestyle stop in Sunday River, Maine, by winning a Far West moguls event Sunday on Gunbarrel Run at Heavenly Ski Resort.
The U.S. Ski Team veteran bested his male competition with a final score of 26.06. Squaw Valley’s Tony Basile, who won the Sprint Bumps & Jumps opener in Steamboat, Colo., was second at 25.91 and former U.S. Ski Team bumper Curtis Tischler was third at 25.13.
Ramos, who also represents Sierra-at-Tahoe, will make his second World Cup appearance of the season at Sunday River. The 21-year-old finished ninth in his only other World Cup earlier this month at Deer Valley, Utah.
Squaw Valley’s Jessica Davis won the female division with a run of 20.47.
Sierra’s Amber Ramos was runner-up with a score of 20.21.
Coach Jere Crawford and other Heavenly personnel spent the latter part of the week preparing and dialing in the Gunbarrel course. Crawford felt competitors faced a difficult course.
“The moguls weren’t really shaped,” Crawford said. “It takes good week to ski them in. It was a really deep and long course with hard snow, so everybody had a tough time.”
Heavenly’s Courtney Royce was the top J4 female and sixth overall.
Jason Scott of Sierra was third among J3s with his score of 20.67, followed by Heavenly’s Ryan Hickey, 18.44; and Heavenly’s Tyler Bradford, sixth, 16.97.
Derek Clemmensen and Jason Strull of Heavenly were fourth and 10th, respectively, in the J2 class with their scores of 13.58 and 4.62.
In the J3 division won by Squaw Valley’s Jordan Basile (20.91), independent Brent Abrams of the South Shore was second with 19.37. Sierra’s Luke Palmieri came in fourth with 16.34 and was followed by Heavenly’s Jerel Dutton, fifth, 15.72; Heavenly’s Kyle Hernandez, sixth, 15.31; independent Brad Lipovsky, ninth, 10.46; Heavenly’s Sho Kashima, 12th, 8.11; and Heavenly’s Scott Lusby, 14th, 5.59.
In J4 competition, independent Tim Lipovsky came in 13th with 3.39 and Heavenly’s Christopher Craig placed 14th in 2.64.
Relative newcomer Jimmy Roberts of Heavenly won the J5 class for the second time in three events with his score of 10.82.
Unless Heavenly picks up a Far West makeup date, the next bump contest on Gunbarrel is the Sprint Bumps & Jumps finale March 3-4.
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