Vail’s Bouvier wins Collegiate Nationals |

Vail’s Bouvier wins Collegiate Nationals

Ian Cropp
Vail, CO Colorado
Summit Daily/Eric Drummond

KEYSTONE, Colorado ” When Claudia Bouvier applies to medical school somewhere down the line, the admissions officers may not know her credentials as a world-class freeskier.

But if those in academic circles aren’t familiar with the U.S. Freeskiing Open or big-mountain events, at least they’ll know that Bouvier was the top college freeskier in 2008.

On Saturday, Bouvier, who skis out of Vail, won the third annual Collegiate National Freeskiing Championships at Keystone.

“I don’t know if I would have done the competition if it had been anywhere but Keystone,” Bouvier said. “But the event was much better than I thought it would be. The event was well run, and the course was nice.”

Bouvier nailed her second run in the finals, pulling a switch 540, then a 720 and then a 540 on the three jumps and sliding on a flat box and then a flat-down rail.

“I love the (Keystone) park and go there quite a bit,” Bouvier said. “This was the first time for me to be on the medium jump line, which is still big, but I usually ride the big jumps.”

On her first finals run, Bouvier launched off the first two jumps but decided against hitting the third.

“I didn’t have speed for that jump and decided it wasn’t worth getting hurt,” she said. “It was really hard to get speed all day.”

Bouvier won $500, along with a trophy and goggles, which she gave to her friends.

After a busy schedule on the road for most of the winter, Bouvier has enjoyed some time back in Vail.

“I’ve been catching up with some of the younger riders,” she said. “It’s fun to see their progression.”

Bouvier’s next competition is the World Ski and Snowboard Festival in mid-April at Whistler Mountain in British Columbia.

Sports Writer Ian Cropp can be reached at 748-2935 or

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