Thousands of spectators turned out on Saturday to watch the final throwdown of the Freeskiing World Tour on Snowbird, Utah’s North Baldy. From Mad River Glen, Vermont, Lars Chickering-Ayers won the men’s field by skiing a fast, aggressive line, getting huge air off of Flying Squirrel Cliff and then straight-lining it to a double-drop in the Amphitheater, earning him a combined score of 125.57. “I just went as hard as I could,” Lars said. Snowbird’s Drew Stoecklein and Oakley White-Allen took second and third, respectively. Squaw Valley’s Arne Backstrom, who took ninth at Snowbird, earned the top place in the overall tour standings for the men.
For the women, Angel Collinson, of Snowbird, Utah, who did a double cliff drop in Amphitheater, won with a combined score of 104.23. Collinson, who also took third in Revelstoke, BC, and fourth in Crested Butte, Colorado, earned the top spot for the overall tour for the women. “I went for it, because this isn’t about winning, it’s about skiing,” Angel said. Crystal Wright, from Jackson Hole, took second, and Aspen’s Emily Teague took third.
Arne Backstrom and Angel Collinson—for their overall wins on the Freeskiing World Tour—earned the McConkey Cup, named after the late Shane McConkey, who formed the International Freeskiers Association. “[McConkey] is the overall, leader and inspiration of freeskiing,” said event director Bryan Barlow. “It was Shane’s vision to create a freeskiing competition, to bring the world’s best skier to one place and demonstrate the progression. His legacy will continue to live on through the spirit of the Subaru Freeskiing World Tour and through the athletes that earn his Cup. We know he’d be proud of the progression all the athletes displayed.”
www.FreeskiingWorldTour.com The top three mens runs from the 2010 Subaru Freeskiing World Championships at Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort.
1. Lars Chickering-Ayers
2. Drew Stoecklein
3. Oakley White-Allen
www.FreeskiingWorldTour.com , Snowbird/Alta skiier Carston Oliver’s run from day 1 on Silver Fox at the Subaru Freeskiing World Championships at Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort.
Crystal-Rose Lee takes us on a ski through of the Day 1 finals venue at Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort