Ski & Snowboard Club Vail mogul skiers excel |

Ski & Snowboard Club Vail mogul skiers excel

Daily staff report

Ski & Snowboard Club Vail freestyle athletes participated in the Rocky Mountain Freestyle Regional Championships in Winter Park this past weekend with a moguls event on Saturday and dual moguls on Sunday.

In order to qualify for these championships, competitors must have earned United States Ski and Snowboard Association points in previous freestyle competitions earlier in the season. For Saturday’s mogul event, athletes must have also competed in at least two Rocky Mountain Competitive Series Open or Championship events (achieved USSA points results) during the season, while those who competed in the dual moguls event must have competed in at least one Rocky dual moguls event during the season.

Lindsey Eckhoff took first and Emma Reeder fourth for the girls and Trevor Wahl took fourth and Teddy Kust took seventh for the boys at the Rocky Mountain Freestyle Regional Championships. At the age-class level, for the U13 girls, Reeder came in first, Kai Owens second and Tegan Large fourth. Frankie Giaccio took first and John Leseur third for the U15 boys.

Ski & Snowboard Club Vail won three of the seven Team Cups, with Telluride and Steamboat each taking one of the Team Cups and Winter Park taking two of the Team Cups.

Ski & Snowboard Club Vail’s Owens won Rocky Mountain Freestyle Rookie of the Year.

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The club’s freestyle team skied well at the championships, with standout performances from Kust, Giaccio and Reeder. The team left on Monday for the Freestyle Junior Nationals in Sun Valley, Idaho, with a strong squad, including Taryn Baker, Eckhof, Hannah Miles, Owens, Large, Reeder, Jesse Andringa, Kust, Leseur and Trevor Wahl.

“It’s exciting to see our junior athletes at this season culminating regional championship event bring all that they have learned throughout the season to the hill,” said the club’s freestyle program director John Dowling. “This sets our athletes up well for championships, the final Spring Cool Down Comp Series competition at Copper Mountain in April and our upcoming off-season trampoline, water ramp and on-snow camps.”

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