January 27, 2015

CBMST Freeride Looks to Focus after Snowbird


The Crested Butte Mountain Sports Team opened up it’s freeride season at the Snowbird IFSA National Series event in Utah over January 16-19, 2015.  The CBMST sent Carson Hildebrandt in the 12-14 male ski division, Brittany Barefield and recent Taos addition, Emma Patterson, in the 15-18 female ski division, Josh Pruett, Lane Griffin, Patrick Curvin, Peter Hunt, and Oz Scott in the 15-18 male ski division. Along with a handful of parents, siblings, and coaches Will Dujardin and Pip Hunt, the crew had a great time skiing the world-famous Snowbird resort with 100% terrain open and a recent 20″ cycle against the top competition in the country.

Carson and Emma love tram laps.

Carson and Emma love tram laps.

In terms of results, the CBMST was unable to crack the top 20 with Carson Hildebrandt finishing 21st overall in his division as the highest result. Despite the negative results there were still plenty of positive lessons to made and noteworthy skiing along the way. Carson and Josh Pruett were both newcomers to the National Series events in their first year on the team. Josh Pruett made a valiant effort opening up the division on day 1 on Rasta Chutes with confident skiing but took a harsh judges’ score on his backseat landing to miss the cut.  Carson Hildebrandt chose a fun and fluid line that put him in to the finals in 20th but had a bobble in a bony Silver Fox that kept him from improving.

Lane Griffin and Patrick Curvin were able to make the finals on 3.5 points back from 1st after strong skiing in Rasta Chutes.  However, in the finals Patrick was bitten by a snow snake in the flat light of finals, falling victim to some mogul bumps.  He kept his eye on the prize, though, and stuck his bottom air, a floaty 20 foot transition gap, as a consolation prize.  Lane Griffin had the team’s top run on Day 1, sending his bottom air to a strong stomp , the same that took Peter Hunt down and put Josh Pruett in the back seat. In the finals, Lane lost a little speed through the maze of trees on the lower portion of Silver Fox and came up just short on his last landing, falling over the bars. Xander Guldman, of Sugar Bowl, CA took top honors in the 15-18 males division, you can check his runs below (we’re still gathering CBMST footage at this time):

The ladies, Brittany Barefield and Emma Patterson, competed in a very consistent 15-18 female field. Brittany Barefield skied very fluidly but lacked the line score boost her line, missing the finals.  Emma Patterson hit two airs with some hesitation showing and squeaked in the finals in 17th. Emma lined up an aggressive high-speed double through the Rock Chute in Silver Fox that she didn’t quite stick after she clipped a small rock in her landing and fell off the lower air without skis. Emma was OK after suffering the scary fall. Altabird Freeride was able to dominate the top spots on their home turf in the 15-18 female division with Edie Mason, Jess Sterrett, Olivia Askew, Jacqueline Pollard, and Sydney Ricketts taking spots 1-5, respectively.

The coaches and athletes are looking forward to improvement.  The next events include a pair of IFSA regionals in Aspen then Crested Butte, then a double Regional/National event weekend in Taos, NM during the first 3 weekends of February. A big shout-out and thank you go to CB Professional Ski Patrol for getting some more terrain open and dealing with the recent tragedy at CBMR as best as possible.

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About the Author

2. Will Dujardin
Will Dujardin is our content editor at West Elk Project. He competes in big mountain competitions and coaches the Crested Butte Mountain Sports Team. Skiing is his life and he likes to mix it with other fun things like DH mountain biking and traveling.