USASA South Tahoe Series hosts weekend events, slopestyle returns to Sierra-at-Tahoe
TWIN BRIDGES, Calif. — The USASA South Tahoe Series brought slopestyle competition to Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort for the third time this season last weekend. The series hit up the park on Bashful on Sunday, Feb. 7, to conclude a full weekend of events.
The field from the third slopestyle event featured 87 skiers and snowboarders from Sierra-at-Tahoe, Kirkwood Mountain Resort, Heavenly Mountain Resort and Northstar California. It also included competitors from the North Shore Series — athletes completed a course highlighted by rails, boxes and two large jumps.
South Lake Tahoe’s Denver Orr took home the top prize in snowboarding, winning the open class men’s division. In skiing, Cody LaPlante of Truckee took home the open class men’s division title.
Five South Lake Tahoe locals took home gold medals in snowboarding Sunday, including Marisa Hasslinger winning gold in the women’s 16-18 division. Anthony Piccinonno and Makayla Kellogg swept the 12-13 division, while Cara Kellogg claimed first in the girls’ 10-11 division.
On skis, two South Lake Tahoe athletes won gold in slopestyle. Clayton Long won the men’s 16-18 division while Piper Arnold finished atop the podium in the girls’ 9-and-under division.
A day earlier, Sierra-at-Tahoe hosted the second boardercross/skiercross event of the season. On Saturday, Feb. 6, 127 skiers and boarders raced in a course built on Smokey.
In snowboarding, Ross Andrews of Millbrae, California, and Yoshi Kohlwes of Mill Valley, California, won gold in the open class divisions. On skis, Morgan Haymans of Anchorage, Alaska, and Mara White of Tahoma, California, claimed the open class prizes.
South Lake Tahoe athletes combined for six gold medals Saturday, all of which came in snowboarding. Anthony Piccinonno and Makayla Kellogg swept the 12-13 division, while siblings Vincent Piccinonno and Cara Kellogg delivered a sweep of the 10-11 division. Graydon Ross (boys’ 8-9) and Colton Bryan (7-and-under) also finished atop the podium.
On Friday, Feb. 5, the series took on Heavenly for snowboarding giant slalom and slalom. Thirty-six boarders raced under the lights at the South Shore resort.
A pair of boarders claimed gold in both events Friday. Mort Nyberg of Truckee won the men’s open class divisions and Celine Holland of Penn Valley, California, took first in both of the women’s open class divisions.
Five South Lake Tahoe riders won gold in both giant slalom and slalom, including Shane Aaron (men’s 14-15). Vincent Piccinonno (boys’ 10-11), Cara Kellogg (girls’ 10-11), Ross (boys’ 8-9) and Bryan (7-and-under) also pulled off the double.
In giant slalom, Makayla Kellogg and Anthony Piccinonno produced a South Lake Tahoe sweep in the 12-13 division. In the slalom event, South Shore’s Zion Gandolfo won gold in the boys’ 12-13 division.
The South Shore Series resumes Friday, Feb. 19, with snowboarder slalom and giant slalom at Heavenly. Sierra-at-Tahoe will host the first two halfpipe events of the season Sunday, Feb. 21.
Athletes do not need to belong to a team to complete in the series, only needing to register with USASA. For more information on the series and a schedule, visit bridjetorr.wix.com/usasasouthtahoe.