Riffel, Montforte win in skicross
Mammoth athletes were just about everywhere this past week, from British Columbia to the Czech Republic, from Italy to Germany, from Sugar Bowl to right here at home.
Leading the charge were Madeline Riffel and Nicolo Montforte, who came away with NOR-AM Cup gold medals in skicross at Panorama, B.C., last weekend, March 16-17.
The racers had to deal with typical late season conditions with in-and-out precipitation and “spring-freezed snow,” but both landed on top of the podium with the gold around their necks on Saint Patrick’s Day.
Monforte, who is skicross star John Teller’s cousin, was a drop-in team member traveling with the Mammoth Mountain Ski Team group. Also traveling with the team was Shannon Hartmann who placed sixth and seventh in the women’s races.
At the same time these athletes were competing in Canada, Tyler Wallasch was in Kuehtai, Germany, for two Europa Cup skicross events, where he placed 11th and seventh against some very stiff European competition.
Kelly Races in Italy, March 8-9
Mammoth Mountain U16 Ski Team’s Zac Kelly represented his homeland of Australia in the FIS Trofeo Topolino 2013, at Folgaria, Italy.
The event is known as one of the most important international ski race events for the younger age divisions and many participants have gone on to become well known ski champions.
Kelly placed 34th in the U16 Men’s Slalom and 42nd in the U16 Men’s Giant Slalom.
Regelbrugge wins Super G at Mammoth
Mammoth Mountain hosted over 150 Far West U12 racers for the Minaret Challenge Super G races March 15-17.
Extremely firm snow conditions allowed racers from the back of the pack the same opportunity to land podium positions as the athletes who started at the beginning of the race. On Saturday, Mammoth Ski Team landed five men on the podium with Charlie Regelbrugge (Mammoth) in second; Lance Davenport (Pacific Palisades) in seventh; Sam Beutner (Pacific Palisades) eighth; Jake Bleil (Laguna Beach) 12th; and Bruno Amon-Franceschi (Los Angeles) in 15th.
Kendall Lach (Mammoth) was second for the women.
The following day, Lach came back to repeat her second-place finish, while Regelbrugge moved up to take the gold by 1.61 over Sugar Bowl Ski Team’s Ben Eisenstat.
Regelbrugge was again joined on the podium by Davenport in fifth; and Beutner in 11th.
Freeskiers in Idaho and Alaska
Mammoth freeski athletes at print deadline were finishing up at the Revolution Tour in Sun Valley, Idaho, and the U16s were getting ready to head home from Alyeska, Alaska, where they took part in the U16 Nationals. (Results from these events and others will be covered next week).
Racers invited to U14 Performance Camp
Seven racers from Mammoth Mountain Ski Team: Barrett Calvin, James Gooch, Eva Yguico, Sarah Ellis, Erik Eisen, Sam Richau, and Lachlan Anderson were invited to take part in the U14 Performance Camp hosted by Sugar Bowl Ski Team Foundation, March 15-17.
Forty skiers took part in the camp that covered slalom, giant slalom, and Super G racing. For Yguico, this was her second performance camp in two years, having taken part in the J4 camp last season.
Andre Escobar at Snowboard World Cup
Mammoth Mountain Snowboard Team member Andre Escobar (Mammoth Lakes), representing Chile, took 75th place in the FIS Snowboard World Cup season’s second slopestyle competition, staged in Spindleruv Mlyn, Czech Republic, on Saturday, March 16.
Enni Rukajarvi (FIN) and Torstein Horgmo (NOR) won in the finals of the venue’s World Cup debut, which were dominated by Northern European riders.