Busy week for Mammoth Ski Teams


If it seemed like Mammoth skiers and snowboarders were all over the map recently, it is because they were.

Moreover, the members of the Mammoth Ski and Snowboard teams crossed all the winter disciplines, from alpine skiing and snowboarding, to ski and snowboard cross, to cross-country skiing.

The breakdown looked like this:


January 24-25: Hole Shot Tour-Copper Mountain Resort 

Mammoth Ski Team’s Madeline Riffel took a pair of bronze medals during the first of three events in the Hole Shot Tour. 

The Hole Shot Cross Tour is a competition designed to bridge the gap between grassroots and world cup level for snowboard cross and ski cross. The event also brings together athletes across the country to identify the top juniors in the country. Athletes 15 (SBX)/ 16 (SX) and older compete together in an open-class style event. The top juniors will be named to U.S. Snowboarding’s and U.S. Freeskiing “Project Gold,” a group of the top development athletes in the country who will train together in the summer and are invited to other select projects. 

Athletes also qualify for Junior World Championships and World Cup events from the Hole Shot Tour.


January 25: Mammoth Mountain

Athletes from Mammoth High School swept the top of the podium across all events. While Fleur Connolly warmed-up the women’s snowboarding field with a win of over a second in the third race of the season, she finished the fourth race with a combined finish that was nearly nine seconds ahead of the rest of the women.

Devin Tubbs also completed his day with a double win in the men’s snowboarding races, while Sierra Gilfoy and Kevin Wolfe also each walked away with a double win in both ski races. 


January 25: CNISSF Tahoe Donner XC Freestyle

Mammoth Middle School and Mammoth High School sent a total of 25 athletes to the CNISSF Tahoe Donner XC Freestyle race. The Mammoth contingent competed against 250 other students from northern California schools.

Mammoth Middle School Top 15: Trace Calvin, fifth place; Connor Kusumoto, sixth place; Jared Mahler, 12th place, Harrison Manzano, 15th place.

Mammoth High School Top 15: Amanda Kirkeby, 4th place; Patty Hensley, 12th place.

For more results, visit: http://goo.gl/ks1YU.


January 26: USASA Rail Jam at Winter X Games 17

Mammoth Mountain Snowboard & Freeski Teams athletes, Jed Sky SNB, Greydin McCalla SNB, and Carly Margulies SKI traveled to Aspen to compete in the 2013 USASA Rail Jam at Winter X Games 17. 

Ben Wisner, the director Mammoth Mountain Snowboard & Freeski Teams, explained that the athletes “were all in a USASA event on the X Games course, it is not an actual X Games event but one they qualified to enter through the Unbound Series at Mammoth.” 


January 26: USASA Slopestyle

Seventy-five competitors took part in the USASA Slopestyle event held on Saturday, Jan. 26. Listed are the first place youth winners: Ruggie Boys (7 & under): 1. John Connolly, Mammoth. Grommet Girls (8-9) 1 Tessa Maud, Carlsbad; Grommet Boys (8-9) 1 Evan Langston, Mammoth; Menehune Girls (10-11)  1 Taylor Morgan, June Lake; Menehune Boys (10-11) 1 Justus “Judd” Henkes V, San Diego; Skier Boys (10-12) 1 Aaron Durlester, Woodland Hill; Breaker Girls (12-13) 1 Kai Shafer, Trabuco Canyon; Breaker Boys (12-13) 1 Carson Dohan, Malibu. 

Skier Men (13-15) 1st Peter Hensley, Mammoth.

Youth Women (14-15) 1st Jordyn Nowakowski, San Diego; Youth Men (14-15) 1st Jordan (JJ) Rayward. 

Junior Men (16-17) 1st Connor Albright, Redondo Beach.

For additional winners, visit http://goo.gl/ukcdM.


January 26: MMCF Academic Elite Team 2013

Executive Director of the Mammoth Mountain Community Foundation, Stacy Corless, announced the 2013 Academic Elite Team. Academic Elite Team status is given to Mammoth Teams athletes in grade 5 and up with a grade point average of 3.5 and higher. Among the athletes, 111 student athletes were presented with the award, for which they had to apply and write an essay that explored how they balance snow sports and academics. A full list of recipients can be found at: http://goo.gl/uRyaX 


January 26-27: U14 North Series GS, Mount Shasta

Twenty-five Mammoth U14 racers competed in the Mount Shasta U14 North Series GS. But one athlete, Ryan Foulke, did double duty. First, Foulke raced in the Inyo/Mono High School event, taking two third place finishes on Friday, then he traveled eight hours to race with his MMST teammates at Mt. Shasta on Saturday and Sunday. Eight members of the team took top 15 results including: Ladies: Eva Yguico 9th place; Sarah Ellis 15th. Men: Lachlan Anderson 8th; Barrett Calvin 9th; Samuel Richau 11th; James Gooch 13th; Erik Eisen 14th. 

Results from Jan. 27 were: Ladies: Sarah Ellis 9th; Rylie Whistler 12th; Eva Yguico 13th. Men: Samuel Richau 5th; Barrett Calvin 6th; Erik Eisen 12th; James Gooch 14th. 


January 27-30: SR/U21/U18_Elite FIS Tech, Park City Snowbird

A contingent of seven MMST U18/U21 athletes spent four days racing against some of the best racers in the western region at both Snowbird and Park City. Their results are as follows: 

Ladies: Slalom: Nakita Norton DNF-1, 50, 42; Danica Hagen 40, 44, 46, DNS; Natalie Riffel 43, 40, 52, 25; Charlie Kelly 57, DNS; DNF-1, 60. 

Mens Giant Slalom: Lucas Underkofflfer 38, 50, 53, 49; Tyler Wormhoudt 45, 59, 55, 44; Kirk Carlson DNF-1, DNF-2; DNF-2, 26.