Sunday, March 1, 2009

Colorado Freeride Championships

Another new chapter unfolded Friday and Saturday, as the CRMS Telemark Team pursued the Colorado Freeride Championships in Snowmass. This is a big-mountain event with a large cash purse that draws a wide range of professional skiers and talented snowboarders and skiers. It has been attended by the occasional Telemark skiers such as Nick DeVore, Amy Cardemone, and Jake Sakson, who have all respectively held down impressive finishes in the event. This year we decided to enter a significant amount of the team. We were a bit nervous about how well that would be received, but the energy was positive and people were excited to see a strong Telemark showing. This was promising, and we are excited to pursue this further in years to come.

Preliminaries were held Friday on The Wall. The field of skiers was about 110 strong, and blowing snow and socked in conditions slowed the competition down from the beginning.

Brook Lederer was our sole female Telemarker, and as she left the start zone a light pocket of sun broke out on the run. She put together a GREAT, fast, aggressive run, which marked her first big-mountain competition run ever, and even her cartwheeling crash seemed to add to the aggression and hard charging nature of her run.

The first of the men was Peter Madigan, who had also chosen a line through the Hurricane Alley area. He stood up the entire thing, and put together an incredibly solid and clean first big mountain competition line.

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