Vail women own Breck pipe |

Vail women own Breck pipe

Shauna Farnell

BRECKENRIDGE – Spring is the time when the transitions are melting away in the halfpipe, and also the time for some to step up their tricks to stay in sync with the pros.Vail snowboarder Sabrina Ste-Marie won the women’s pro halfpipe contest at Breckenridge’s Spring Massive Sunday, while Kelley Baskins aired her way to the top of the ski halfpipe podium.Ste-Marie started her run with a straight air, then went into back-to-back 540 spins, followed by another straight air and wrapped up with a McTwist – a trick she just learned a couple of weeks ago.”Since the Olympics, the level of women’s snowboarding has really gone up,” Ste-Marie said. “Girls are throwing 9s. They’re going a whole lot bigger. That run at Spring Massive could have won me any competition four or five years ago, but now it barely qualifies you (for finals).”Nonetheless, the 18-year-old, whose other notable results include an 11th-place finish at this year’s U.S. Open, eighth in the New Jersey Grand Prix event and earning Olympic eligibility with a top-25 World Cup result, walked away $400 richer Sunday. She was satisfied with having usurped some of the pros she’s admired in her 10 years of snowboarding and having wrapped up her season with a victory.”Vail really represented at that contest,” Ste-Marie said. “I’m just excited because it’s fun to get my run together. I’d been thinking about that run the entire year.”Baskins, 20, said she “got lucky” in her contest, because a lot of the skiers who normally dominate were falling during their runs.Baskins put together some big straight airs with grabs, a 360 and an ally-oop for the win.”I went as big as I could,” said the Denver University student. “There were some really good girls there. I just felt good.”Sports Writer Shauna Farnell can be reached at 949-0555, ext.14632, or Colorado

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