USASA debuts boardercross/skiercross competitions, Sierra-at-Tahoe hosts races on Smokey |

USASA debuts boardercross/skiercross competitions, Sierra-at-Tahoe hosts races on Smokey

Anthony Gentile
Snowboarders take off down Smokey during a USASA South Tahoe Series cross event on Smokey at Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort Sunday, Jan. 24.
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The USASA South Tahoe Series continued with a pair of events last weekend, including its first boardercross/skiercross event of the season. Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort hosted the race Sunday, Jan. 24, in the park on Smokey.

A total of 128 skiers and snowboarders raced in the event, including competitors from Sierra-at-Tahoe, Kirkwood Mountain Resort, Heavenly Mountain Resort and Northstar California. Terrain conditions were strong with nice weather and fresh snow.

Michael Carter of El Dorado Hills, California, won the top prize in skiing by taking home the open class men’s division. In snowboarding, Mort Nyberg of Truckee won the open class men’s division with Celine Holland of Penn Valley, California, capturing the open class women’s division.

Two South Shore skiers won gold medals in skiercross Sunday. Rose McDonough of Tahoe Paradise won the women’s 16-18 division while South Lake Tahoe’s Deia Steinmetz finished atop the podium in the girls’ 9-and-under division.

In snowboarding, six South Lake Tahoe boarders won titles, including a sweep of the three youngest divisions. Colton Bryan (boys’ 7 and under), Graydon Ross (boys’ 8-9), Lily Weitzel (girls’ 8-9), Vincent Piccinonno (boys’ 10-11) and Cara Kellogg (girls’ 10-11) helped complete the sweep, while Anthony Piccinonno won gold in the boys’ 12-13 division.

On Saturday, Jan. 23, the South Tahoe Series held its second rail jam of the season at Northstar California. The event featured 85 skiers and boarders competing on rails and boxes.

South Lake Tahoe’s Denver Orr left the event with the top honor in snowboarding, winning the open class men’s division. Taylor Obregon of Minnetonka, Minnesota, took home the title in the open class women’s division.

Three additional South Lake Tahoe riders won gold Saturday, including Anthony Piccinonno (boys) and Makayla Kellogg (girls) leading a sweep of the 10-13 division. Marisa Hasslinger topped the podium in the girls 14-and-over division.

Andrew “Shaggy” Eeels of Placerville, California, won the skier open class men’s division at Northstar California. South Shore skiers were shutout from gold in the event’s five divisions.

USASA South Tahoe Series’ next event is Slalom and Giant Slalom, scheduled for Friday, Feb. 5, at Heavenly. For more information on the series and a schedule, visit

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