Vail Valley’s Selig wins stop of Freeskiing World Tour
Vail, CO Colorado
VAIL, Colorado – Everything was flowing for Vail-based skier Rebecca Selig on Saturday – her skis and her spiritual being.
That, she said, was what allowed her to win the Freeskiing World Tour qualifier at Jackson Hole in Wyoming, part of the Freeskiing World Tour.
“Everything came together,” Selig said Monday as she drove back to the Vail Valley.
The Freeskiing World Tour puts skiers on some of the world’s steepest, most extreme terrain and judges how well they ski them.
Selig had the best score in Saturday’s Day 1 competition in Casper Bowl, and repeated the feat in the Tower 3 chutes Sunday, running away with the win.
On Sunday, the Michigan native skied fluidly on a steep line, getting air both as she entered and exited the chute. And she stayed on her feet, too, which isn’t that easy to do, even for the best in the world.
“They find the burliest places to put us and say, ‘Good luck,'” Selig said.
This is Selig’s first win since a Freeskiing World Tour stop in Alyeska, Alaska in 2009. This is her third year on the tour.
The victory means Selig is pre-qualified for the rest of the stops in the season – Crested Butte; Kirkwood, Calif.; and Snowbird, Utah. She’ll definitely be at Crested Butte and Snowbird.
But give her a little time to revel in her win.
“I’m just really grateful right now,” Selig said.
Mark Filippini, of Vail, finished 14th, Peter A. Smith, of Vail, finished 18th and Tony Seibert, of Vail, finished 20th.
On the women’s side, Lizzie Seibert, of Vail, finished 10th.