Oliver wins Vail Pro Series event
Vail, CO Colorado
VAIL ” Ski School’s Pro Series continued with 24 instructors flying down Mudslide, throwing their technique and bravery on to the mercy of the terrain and the judges’ pencils.
Runs that blended speed, air, and stylish use of the terrain available scored well. Throw in flow and the “on the edge” X-factor, and you also have a crowd pleaser. Derek Redd brought his own crowd (his students) and enthralled them as he threw down big tricks followed by borderline high-speed recoveries. Their screams only added to his X-factor.
Tomas Santa Maria claimed the snowboard crown with a riveting run that involved a fast launch into space followed closely by a head-and-neck plant going into his next maneuver. Some spectators doubted the intention of this trick but benefit of the doubt ” and non releasable bindings ” gave him the win. His brother, Juan ” the winner of last week’s race ” proved that pride comes before a fall as he shed a shoe before doing a good high ” speed snow gopher impression.
Cait Boyd won the women’s division with fast aggressive skiing and Dave Oliver showed fluid speed combined with air to claim the men’s win. His effortless style made it look a little too easy with the crowd wanting more X factor as he cruised to the finish ” maybe just borrow Derek’s after-shave?
The Pro series continues with the Bop-Off (freeride style) on Mudslide on Feb. 26.
1 David Oliver
3t Lance Rose
3t Andrew Jacob
5t Cait Boyd
5t Brian Blackstock
5t Derek Redd
5t Tomas Santa Maria
9 Matthew Kaminski
10 Will Hubbard
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Jeff Shiffrin, with his wife, Eileen, made the Vail area their home decades ago, and together raised Mikaela and Taylor Shiffrin, who was a member of the two-time NCAA Champion University of Denver Ski Team.