Slopestyle field huge on wild weather day 

Fog, sun, snow, rain part of racing challenge

By Andrew Mitchell

Participants in Sunday’s Whistler-Blackcomb Park Rider slopestyle event saw every kind of weather possible over the course of the day, from thick fog, to sun, to snow and freezing rain. Still, with softer, spring-like landings, a lot of hard work by Events and Park crews, and the thumbs up from the Events crew to get inverted, it was a good day for competitors with 94 athletes coming out.

The next event is an Atomic Ski and Snowboardcross on Blackcomb, March 24-25. All participants have to commit to two days, with the first day dedicated to training and course inspections, and the second day for qualifiers and heats.

You can register until 9:45 a.m. on Saturday at the Rendezvous for $35, or for $30 by pre-registering at any Whistler-Blackcomb Guest Relations desk.

March 18 Slopestyle

Snowboard Men 17 and Over

1. Neville Lapwood

2. Mitsuma Arai

3. Shayne Roy

Snowboard Women 17 and Over

1. Nelly Dufour

2. Hotomika Toda

3. Takako Uchida

Snowboard Open 14 to 16

1. Brian Bowles

2. Connor Halliwell

3. Robert Knowles

Snowboard Open 13 and Under

1. Brin Alexander

2. Stevie Kopyt

3. Zach Astle

Ski Men 17 and Over

1. Jacques Mortimore

2.Nick McNutt

3. Yu Sasaki

Ski Women 17 and Over

1. Jenny Strong

2. Naoko Matsubara

Ski Boys 14 to 16

1. Devin White

2. Ryan Allan

3. Alex Prochazka

Ski Girls 16 and Under

1. Ariana Stufano

2. Aaron Kerr

3. Miranda Lee


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