Ski and Snowboard Club Vail shines at Copper Mountain |

Ski and Snowboard Club Vail shines at Copper Mountain

COPPER MOUNTAIN – Ski and Snowboard Club Vail’s freeride team came with 15 skiers and qualified five of its athletes into the finals of the U.S. Grand Prix Halfpipe for skiers, the first time this event has included skiers.

The 12 men and 12 women making it to the finals each took two runs down the halfpipe, and when the competition was over, Rosa Groenewoud, from Canada, was first while SSCV’s Jennifer Hudek took second and her teammate Jess Cumming placed third. Anais Caradeux, another SSCV skier, placed seventh.

Being the top-two Americans for the women on this day assured both Hudek and Cummings a spot at the World Championships in March.

“It’s good to get it out of the way so I don’t have to worry about it,” said Hudek. “I feel I could have skied better, but I’m always happy with being on the podium.”

For SSCV’s men, Tucker Perkins, who was in second after the first run, took a risk in throwing a double flip for his first hit on the second run.

“I missed my takeoff and brushed the deck with my leg on the way down and slipped out,” said Perkins.

With his mistake, Perkins dropped to forth. Perkins’ teammate, David Wise, took sixth place on this day.

With Canadian men Justin Dorey and Mike Riddle taking first and second for the day, Perkins, along with third place Simon Dumont, also earned berths at the World Championships.

“The real carrot at this event was that the top two Americans for the men and women qualify for the World Championships,” said SSCV’s freeride/snowboard program director Elana Chase. “It’s a real win-win for the whole team when some of our athletes do well. It shows the younger skiers that hard work can help them succeed.”

Adam Crook, Kendall Deighan, Mitch Gilman, Chloe Lee, Broby Leeds, Siena Pamacci, and Walter Wood skied the qualifying rounds.

The U.S. Visa Grand Prix continues today with the finals for the snowboard halfpipe.

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