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Ski and Snowboard Club Vail freeride team goes 1-2 in British Columbia

Ian Smith
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL ” The Ski and Snowboard Club Vail (SSCV) freeride team couldn’t have asked for better results last weekend. Competing in Red Mountain, British Columbia, and Copper Mountain, SSCV claimed seven podiums.

Lizzie Seibert and Catherine Crew kicked off SSCV’s successful weekend with a 1-2 finish in Canada. On the first stop of the International Free Skiing Association Junior Tour, Seibert and Crew immediately moved to the front of the pack.

Seibert skied a flawless dynamic line on her first run to put herself in the lead heading into the finals. Crew chose a more difficult line, but still did well to finish the first run in second place.

The course was set up much more difficultly for the finals, but that hardly mattered to Crew and Seibert. Crew navigated three cliffs, a steep section and a tree line to jump ahead of the competition and win the event. Seibert was almost as good, finishing in second place.

While Seibert and Crew were collecting medals in Canada, other SSCV riders were busy at Copper Mountain. In the boys’ half-pipe, SSCV’s Adam Crooke took first after landing his first 1080 in competition.

Broby Leeds (second), John Leonard (third) and Mack Cooper (fifth) gave SSCV four riders in the top five.

Michael Wilhelm captured another title for SSCV in boys’ slopestyle. Wilhelm landed a 720-mute in his title-winning run. Crooke (third) and Leeds (fourth) also skied well for SSCV.

Snowboarders shine

The SSCV snowboarding team was also busy last weekend. In the Rocky Mountain Series, Kalia Caradonna, Gen McNeill, Rose Raevsky, Mikaela Casey, Ben Kadow, Coco Cook, T.J. Casey and Faye Gulini all won medals.

After the Rocky Mountain Series, SSCV moved on to test its skills in the U.S. Revolution Tour. In the women’s half-pipe, Gulini led the way for SSCV with a fourth-place finish. Casey and Raevsky were right behind in fifth and sixth, respectively.

On the men’s side, Broc Waring took third. Brennen Swanson was seventh and Bryan Daino was 12th.

Waring continued his strong weekend with a second-place finish in the men’s slopestyle. Gulini (fifth) and Casey (sixth) did well on the women’s side.

Gulini finished her weekend by winning the snowboard cross competition. Gulini has started her season with finals appearances in all disciplines and a win in the first snowboard cross race of the year.

After her stellar weekend, Gulini competed in a Nor-Am event at Copper Mountain on Tuesday where she was the highest U.S. finisher. On the strength of her recent performances, Gulini qualified for the FIS World Juniors in Nagano, Japan in late February.

Sports Writer Ian Smith can be reached at 970-748-2935 or

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