February 17, 2013

CBMST Strong in Freeskiing Regional at Sunlight

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Photo: Shannon Moller | Matt Evans Wins Male 15-18.  Brittany Barefield and Josie Byron Take Top Two Spots in Girls 15-18.

In a last minute effort to have a regional competition anywhere, the Junior Events Tour of the Americas directors teamed up with Sunlight Mountain Resort in Glenwood Springs to host an IFSA Junior Regional competition.  Low snow conditions in Colorado have forced two regional competition cancellations thus far, so the IFSA was desperate to find new options.   What took place was an efficient one run competition on a venue that, all things considered, was pretty ideal for a regional event.

Matt Evans on the podium. Photo: Shannon Moller

Matt Evans on the podium. Photo: Shannon Moller

Low snow conditions seemed to favor the Crested Butte Mountain Sports Team, who showed that they are accustomed to finding unique airs and smashing through rocks and willows without hesitation.  The team drove from Crested Butte at 4:30 am and arrived during the beginning of inspection, so they only were able to take one hasty inspection on a venue they had never seen.  Matt Evans took first in the boys group by aggressively sending and stomping the biggest airs on the venue while displaying his effortless skiing style.  In the same division, fifteen year old Lane Griffin took sixteenth out of a large field.  Brittany Barefield (15) and Josie Byron took first and second respectively by skiing faster than the rest of the field, landing their airs cleanly.  In addition, Maile Cowell and Matthew Harper-Johnston made their competition debuts in the 12-14 Division.  Matthew skied aggressively, but crashed on one of his airs.  Maile skied her way into 5th place in the girls division.

Big thanks go out to Sunlight Mountain Resort and JETA for putting together a great event on short notice. Check back for more photos as they become available.

Official Results:

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About the Author

1. Ed Dujardin
After moving out west for college, Ed took summer school so he could spend winters in Crested Butte. These days, he coaches the Western State Colorado University Freeride Team, and spends as much time as he can fishing the incredible rivers of the area.