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Local skiers dominate podium at moguls event

Ski & Snowboard Club Vail athlete Aaron Kust competes at the Rocky Mountain Freestyle Competition Series mogul competition on Cookshack at Vail Mountain on Saturday.
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VAIL — On Saturday and Sunday, Ski & Snowboard Club Vail hosted a Rocky Mountain Freestyle Competition Series event on Cookshack at Vail Mountain. The event offered a United States Ski Association sanctioned open moguls event on Saturday and dual moguls event on Sunday. The 85-plus skiers competing Saturday and 75-plus skiers competing Sunday were eligible to receive points on the national points list.

Competitors from clubs in Steamboat, Winter Park, Telluride, Purgatory, Summit County, Bermuda and Australia, along with University of Colorado competitors skied the mogul event Saturday and the dual mogul event Sunday. All eyes were on local Ski & Snowboard Club Vail freestyle athletes Casey Andringa (winner of the Kaiser Permanente Vail Pro Mogul and last week’s Open Moguls competition at Aspen), Hunter Bailey (United States Freestyle D Team member) and Emerson Smith (winner of an event at December’s U.S. Selections and last week’s Rocky Mountain Freestyle duals in Aspen) as they duked it out in the men’s field to take first, second and third overall, respectively, on Day 1 in moguls. Saturday was also a great day for Ski & Snowboard Club Vail’s Taryn Baker and Hanna Miles, who fought hard amid the women’s field to take second and third overall. Additionally, Ski & Snowboard Club Vail rookies Nash Lucas won the 14- and 15-year-old age class for the men on Saturday and Emma Reeder and Tegan Large took silver and bronze, respectively, for 12- and 13-year-old women that same day.

On Sunday, the Ski & Snowboard Club Vail women swept first through fifth place in the dual moguls finals with Taryn Baker coming out on top followed by Morgan Harty, Katie Coyne, Lindsey Eckhoff and Kaitlyn Harrell in second through fifth, respectively.

On the men’s side in dual moguls, Ski & Snowboard Club Vail’s Jess Andringa took gold, Trevor Wahl took bronze and Matthew and John Leseur finished fourth and seventh, respectively.

“Three feet of fresh snow in the last week left conditions prime for bump skiing,” said Ski & Snowboard Club Vail Freestyle Program Director John Dowling. “The course was in excellent shape and the moguls were soft. These soft conditions made for aggressive skiing and an exciting competition. Now two weeks after the Kaiser Permanente Vail Pro Mogul, the moguls have finally come into shape and the course was skiing great.”

The next Rocky Mountain Freestyle Competition Series will occur Feb. 6 and 7 at Winter Park.

The top three finishers and all Ski & Snowboard Club Vail athlete results for Day 1 moguls and Day 2 dual moguls finals are listed below.


All skiers are with Ski & Snowboard Club Vail unless otherwise noted.

Women’s moguls, Saturday

1 Krystle Yin (Australia)

2 Taryn Baker

3 Hannah Miles

4 Lindsey Eckhoff

5 Morgan Harty

8 Katie Coyne

13 Emma Reeder

14 Tegan Large

20 Kaitlyn Harrell

21 Gabrielle Wahl

Men’s moguls, Saturday

1 Casey Andringa

2 Hunter Bailey

3 Emerson Smith

4 Matthew Leseur

5 Jesse Andringa

6 Trevor Wahl

17 Edwin Kust

18 Nash Lucas

24 Ezra Cope

30 John Leseur

31 Frankie Giaccio

37 Aaron Kust

42 Jackson Bowling

46 Ben Kust

54 Wyatt Cunningham

Women’s dual moguls finals, Sunday

1 Taryn Baker

2 Morgan Harty

3 Katie Coyne

4 Lindsey Eckhoff

5 Kaitlyn Harrell

Men’s dual moguls finals, Sunday

1 Jesse Andringa

2 George McQuinn (Telluride)

3 Trevor Wahl

4 Matthew Leseur

7 John Leseur

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