Race Action Heats Up on Baldy

The action at the Western Region Spring Series is non-stop this weekend with elite ski racers making the most of spring break Sun Valley style.

Gentlemen, and ladies, start your engines!

Gentlemen, and ladies, start your engines!

According to Nick Maricich, director of Sun Valley SnowSports, “the racing on Warm Springs, Hemingway and Cozy has been amazing. It is great to have the majority of the U.S. men’s Olympic speed team on our slopes as well as all the other tremendous athletes.”

Great form isn't in short supply on the Warm Springs side of  Bald Mountain

Great form isn't in short supply on the Warm Springs side of Bald Mountain

“Athletes and officials from around the world have given the green light to the 2016 US Nationals in Sun Valley, saying ‘this is one of the best race hills in the world.’ They can’t wait to come back,”  said Maricich.

Come out and cheer on the skiers

Come out and cheer on the skiers

Here are some scenes from the excitement on the hill this week.

Conditions are great and the skiing is fast

Conditions are great and the skiing is fast

Camaraderie is a big part of this event

Camaraderie is a big part of this event

Local racer Hailey Duke is skiing great and looks like she is having fun, too

Local racer Olympian Hailey Duke is skiing great and looks like she is having fun, too

All photos courtesy of Nick Maricich.

–RES

Rev Up for the Rev Tour

Freeskiers and snowboarders brought some major amplitude to Dollar's slopes at this week's Rev Tour stop (photo courtesy Cody Haskell)

Freeskiers and snowboarders brought some major amplitude to Dollar's slopes at this week's Rev Tour stop (photo courtesy Cody Haskell)

This week, Sun Valley’s Dollar Mountain hosted the high-flying 2014 Pop-Tarts U.S. Revolution Tour, otherwise known as the Rev Tour. Sun Valley was the final stop for the tour and brought energy and mad skills to Dollar’s amazing terrain park and 22-foot superpipe.

“We’re excited to host the Rev Tour for the second consecutive year and watch this sport’s promising young athletes perform at this world-class venue,” said Jack Sibbach, Sun Valley Resort Director of Marketing. Dollar Mountain’s Olympic-size halfpipe and Olympic-size jumps with more than 73 terrain features gave the athletes a lot to play on.

Athletes flew on Dollar's Terrain Park (photo courtesy Cody Haskell)

Athletes flew on Dollar's Terrain Park (photo courtesy Cody Haskell)

The Rev Tour featured events in halfpipe and slopestyle for both freeskiing and snowboarding. Since The Rev Tour stop is a 4-star TTR (Ticket to Ride) event for snowboarding as well as an AFP (Association of Freeskiing Professionals) bronze and FIS (International Ski Federation) NorAm event for freeskiing, it brought top athletes to Sun Valley. The competition was fierce.

Some of the country's up-and-coming snowsports athletes brought style and skills to Sun Valley this week (photo Cody Haskell)

Some of the country's up-and-coming snowsports athletes brought style and skills to Sun Valley this week (photo Cody Haskell)

Tuesday was devoted to halfpipe skiing and Wednesday to slopestyle skiing. Sun Valley native Ben Verge, coach of the US Freeskiing Team that just earned two gold medals at the Sochi Olympics, was among the spectators on Dollar scouting new and up-and-coming talent. Who knows which of the athletes soaring around Dollar this week might next represent Team USA. Thursday was all about halfpipe snowboarding and the Tour concluded Friday with slopestyle snowboarding.

Sun Valley is the birthplace of freeskiing, with early pioneers like Bobbie Burns and Penelope Street, using every available seam, dip, contour and cat track to redefine the sport. From the 1970s on, skiers and snowboarders continued to evolve freestyle in Sun Valley. The competitors at the Rev Tour are taking the sport to the next level, though, setting the bar, literally, higher and higher.

Sun Valley's 73 terrain features and 22-foot superpipe provided plenty of opportunities to play (photo Cody Haskell)

Sun Valley's 73 terrain features and 22-foot superpipe provided plenty of opportunities to play (photo Cody Haskell)

According to the U.S. Snowboarding website, “The U.S. Revolution Tour has proved to be a progressive venue for today’s top junior riders to take the competitive stage in halfpipe, slopestyle, and snowboardcross. The tour is designed to serve as a stepping-stone for athletes making the transition from competing at the grassroots level to the elite level. The series pre-qualifies a portion of its field and then opens registration to any athlete, but is focused towards riders 13-19 years old. Top winners may earn an invite to be part of the U.S. Grand Prix, Junior Worlds, the U.S. Open, USASA Nationals, and participate in Project Gold camps.”

Congratulations to all the athletes and these podium winners. Pictured are snowboard halfpipe champions, Maddie Mastro, Hailey Langland and Kirby Kelly (photo U.S. Revolution Tour)

Congratulations to all the athletes and these podium winners. Pictured are snowboard halfpipe champions, Maddie Mastro, Hailey Langland and Kirby Kelly (photo U.S. Revolution Tour)

It is amazing to see these up-and-coming athletes on our slopes. Congratulations to all of them and thank you for coming to Sun Valley to share your skills and some major amplitude.

–RES

Local Skiers Deliver at NorAm Halfpipe Event on Baldy

Locals Tai Barrymore, Colter Brehmer and Hannah Haupt, along with 25 others skiers from throughout North America, threw down big tricks and wowed the crowd this weekend at the URTUR FIS NorAm in the SuperPipe on Lower Warm Springs. Barrymore had one of the biggest runs on Friday, finishing a close second behind Evan Schwartz. Brehmer finished ninth over all and Haupt ended up second for the ladies behind 2010 X-Game skier Megan Gunning.

Saturday’s runs were stunners as well with Barrymore hitting some of the biggest tricks of the day and skiers and boarders crowding Lower Warm Springs to watch the action. Go to www.URTUR.com for results or check back later for Saturday’s results and photos of the comp.

Thanks to the athletes, the SVSEF, URTUR and Sun Valley Company for putting on the event!

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NorAm Ski Halfpipe Comp this Weekend!

NorAm Halfpipe Competition taking place at Baldy’s Halfpipe tomorrow, January 8 and Saturday, January 9.

Starting tomorrow some of the nation’s best freestyle skiers will be competing in a FIS Freestyle Ski Halfpipe NorAm Event on Baldy. Twenty-eight skiers from the US and Canada will showcase their biggest and best tricks, flying, hucking, twisting, flipping off the SuperPipe on Lower Warm Springs. This definitely isn’t a juniors’ comp. These kids are competing for spots on the World Cup and ultimately the US Ski Team. They are the nation’s up-and-comers, so expect some huge air and some even bigger tricks. Then watch out for them in places like the Olympics and the X-Games in the next few years.

Come by and support local freestyle phenoms like Tai Barrymore, Colter Brehmer, and Ben Parker starting at 10:15 Friday morning and continuing throughout the day into Saturday. The event is hosted by Sun Valley Company and the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation (SVSEF) and is sure to be quite a show.

The event, put on by promoting and event company, URTUR, will be broadcast live on URTUR’s website, www.urtur.com. Up to the minute results will be available on the URTUR website as well. Also check back here for results, photos, and updates throughout the weekend.

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