March 28, 2012

Randy Evans Earns Sickbird and 5th Place at Moonlight Basin

Derek Taylor flanked by some Canadians, Pat Baskins, and Randy Evans. Copyright Amy Jimmerson

Crested Butte Takes the Coveted Sickbird Belt Buckle at Back-to-Back FWT Events

In it’s first time at Moonlight Basin, the Freeskiing World Tour Qualifier went off March 23-24.  Moonlight Basin pulled out the red carpet for the athletes as the athletes showcased the great terrain Moonlight Basin has to offer in the “Headwaters.”  Kyle Taylor of Bozeman, MT took 1st place for the men as Australian Nat Seagal earned 1st place for the women.

Randy Evans earned the Sickbird Belt Buckle! Copyright Amy Jimmerson

The Crested Butte contingent was led by Randy Evans, who followed his strong Snowbird finish with a 5th place finish.  Randy also earned his first Sickbird belt buckle with two super strong runs.  His day 1 run through the “Tetris” double and the Frankie Alisuag-dubbed “Rockstar” double was somehow outdone by his straightline through the “Equals Sign” straight to a backflip in the “Elbow” in his finals run.

Forrest Cole does it right in the finals at Moonlight Basin

Irwinites Brandon Clabaugh and Forrest Cole finished in 6th and 12th respectively.  Both of them skied the highest line score of the day, a triple at the bottom of the “Whitewater” section of the Headwaters.  Forrest capped off the 4th-best score of the finals with corked 3 Japan over a booter he built with Brandon just before the finish.

Ashley Bembenek led an impressive showing of the Crested Butte women with her 2nd 6th place in two weeks.  Francesca Pavillard-Cain, Alex Reidman, and Kaytlin Hughes followed in 8th, 9th, and 10th, respectively.  Ashley showcased her strong racing background as she arced big, fast GS turns down the Headwaters.  Francesca and Alex chose more technical lines as they skied “Hell’s Half-Acre” on day 1, a high exposed chute with 2 mandatory airs, and Francesca was the only female competitor to ski the Equals Sign in the finals, where fellow Crested Buttians Randy Evans and Mark Mikos skied.

Randy Evans Backflip in the Headwaters at Moonlight Basin

Overall, the FWT Qualifier at Moonlight Basin was a great inaugural event.  Moonlight Basin and the town of Big Sky, MT welcomed the FWT family with open arms.  One final shout-out to the Fernie boys: Dylan Siggers took 2nd, Ben Ogilvie 3rd, Caleb Brown 8th, and the maestro, Luke Nelson, in 10th.  Watch out for these guys at Kirkwood!


Thanks to Fish Eye Guy Photography out of Bozeman, MT.  Check his website or his Facebook.  Thanks to the FWT and Amy Jimmerson for their photos, check out the rest of the gallery on Facebook and their website at

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.