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2008 Snowbird Freeskiing Nationals

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The 2008 Edition of the Snowbird Freeskiing Nationals, 2nd stop on the IFSA Freeskiing World Tour, started yesterday with the 1st day of qualifying. There are so many people trying to qualify for the main event, that there is a 2nd day of qualifying going on today.

Results from the first day of qualifying are here:
http://www.usfreeskiing.com/results.html?id=18

BushwackerinPA -- This was your first comp right? What did you think?


Also:

www.usfreeskiing.com will be broadcasting the Finals live at the following times:


FRIDAY MARCH 21 AND SATURDAY MARCH 22ND

10 AM MST - 12 PM EST

REBROADCAST WILL AIR 6PM MST & 8PM EST
post #2 of 11
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WOOOHOOOO!!!

just got word that PMGear Freeride Team member, Bobby Lee, just got 1st place in today's Snowbird qualifier while skiing our 192 Fats!!! I'm so pumped!!! I knew this kid could do it!!!

Here are today's results:
http://www.usfreeskiing.com/results....8&resultID=114
post #3 of 11
I was skiing with Splat when he found out. Rock on!
post #4 of 11
I watched some of the finals while at the Bird the other day (didn't stop for too long - too much good skiing to be had). Bobby looked pretty good - all of 'em had good cred for skiing that terrain.
post #5 of 11
Bushwacker had a pretty good result for his first comp!

Was the winner, Dylan Crossman skiing free heel?
post #6 of 11
yep first one.....my take

I was on the fence about this comp since the middle of the year, for fear of getting hurt, fear of sucking, fear of embarrassing myself .All pretty petty fears IMO. Literally made the choice to stay in it days before the event, and got to work. It was the first comp
Tuesday - Tower 3 or West Baldy were going to be the event venues, west baldy was more than likely the choice so I started scouting and planning runs. Not an easy task putting together a run that score a good line but also flows and lets you show how good of skier you are. Scouting on Tuesday I picked out several lines but decided on one that consisted of some high speed SG turning up top, a decent size jump over some small pine trees, to some more solid high speed skiing though the openish field. In the middle a little billy goating(which I could do fast) to 15 footer right into a 10 footer to pointing out the bottom. At the end of the practice day thought to myself ok this could work I could totally do this line….

Wednesday – Its on West Baldy(yes!!!) but I just have this feeling that I shouldn’t be there, I am going to kill myself,yada yada. Scouting the course which had a nice 6-8inches of soft snow on it yesterday is showing that the snow is not really there anymore, to make matter worse I am 63rd outta or 68 guys to go which run after the 15 girls that day. My doubt builds mentally I am in the totally wrong place to be doing this. I watch a little of the comp while making tram runs to keep myself in the mindset of skiing steep terrain at speed. Jared Allen’s run looks pretty solid but admittedly by him he doest have the great est flow or technique in crud, but man I wish I could huck like him. After his run it my turn to ski down and head up the tram. Walking up baldy for what is really insignificant run down baldy by the top guys here, I am nervous scared and just thinking WTF am I doing here.

The run - Waiting on top for the next 5 guys to go just took forever. Its my turn, focus focus you can do this.I start above the traverse drop in and hit the traverse to start in the air with alittle mute grab, mach towards my wind lip over the 3-4 foot tall pine tree hit and yes sailing thought the air carry it quite aways. Coming down on top of the tech section the world kinda of goes quite, seriously a pretty cool feeling with a lot of people watching you just ski . but in my anxious I missed my line probably noone knew but those people running the practice runs but I went off line and missed my second air. Kept it flowing to my now new 2nd air a little rock right in the middle, carry it off to the side and leave to nice thugs marks in the snow the acceleration of the landing was huge, kept it together barely coming though the finish line thinking man the snow sucks down there.

After it was over I was glad I did it, glad I stayed up on my feet and glad I beat some people. I have this overwhelming need to try again to go back with a better mind set and a better skill set. The most important thing is despite not so great of a finish I pushed my limits this is what really mattered, I don’t think I ever have skied west baldy that fast.
post #7 of 11
forgot to add totally killed it on saturday..check out the mad steeze



my reliner was the best seat in the house.
post #8 of 11
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Originally Posted by Tyrone Shoelaces View Post
WOOOHOOOO!!!

just got word that PMGear Freeride Team member, Bobby Lee, just got 1st place in today's Snowbird qualifier while skiing our 192 Fats!!! I'm so pumped!!! I knew this kid could do it!!!

Here are today's results:
http://www.usfreeskiing.com/results....8&resultID=114
Awesome!



Bushwacker................Once again, you make me smile
Good job.
post #9 of 11
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Originally Posted by BushwackerinPA View Post
yep first one.....my take

After it was over I was glad I did it, glad I stayed up on my feet and glad I beat some people. I have this overwhelming need to try again to go back with a better mind set and a better skill set.
The most important thing is despite not so great of a finish I pushed my limits this is what really mattered, I don’t think I ever have skied west baldy that fast.
FKNa dude..
post #10 of 11
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Originally Posted by BushwackerinPA View Post
yep first one.....my take

I was on the fence about this comp since the middle of the year, for fear of getting hurt, fear of sucking, fear of embarrassing myself .All pretty petty fears IMO. Literally made the choice to stay in it days before the event, and got to work. It was the first comp
Tuesday - Tower 3 or West Baldy were going to be the event venues, west baldy was more than likely the choice so I started scouting and planning runs. Not an easy task putting together a run that score a good line but also flows and lets you show how good of skier you are. Scouting on Tuesday I picked out several lines but decided on one that consisted of some high speed SG turning up top, a decent size jump over some small pine trees, to some more solid high speed skiing though the openish field. In the middle a little billy goating(which I could do fast) to 15 footer right into a 10 footer to pointing out the bottom. At the end of the practice day thought to myself ok this could work I could totally do this line….

Wednesday – Its on West Baldy(yes!!!) but I just have this feeling that I shouldn’t be there, I am going to kill myself,yada yada. Scouting the course which had a nice 6-8inches of soft snow on it yesterday is showing that the snow is not really there anymore, to make matter worse I am 63rd outta or 68 guys to go which run after the 15 girls that day. My doubt builds mentally I am in the totally wrong place to be doing this. I watch a little of the comp while making tram runs to keep myself in the mindset of skiing steep terrain at speed. Jared Allen’s run looks pretty solid but admittedly by him he doest have the great est flow or technique in crud, but man I wish I could huck like him. After his run it my turn to ski down and head up the tram. Walking up baldy for what is really insignificant run down baldy by the top guys here, I am nervous scared and just thinking WTF am I doing here.

The run - Waiting on top for the next 5 guys to go just took forever. Its my turn, focus focus you can do this.I start above the traverse drop in and hit the traverse to start in the air with alittle mute grab, mach towards my wind lip over the 3-4 foot tall pine tree hit and yes sailing thought the air carry it quite aways. Coming down on top of the tech section the world kinda of goes quite, seriously a pretty cool feeling with a lot of people watching you just ski . but in my anxious I missed my line probably noone knew but those people running the practice runs but I went off line and missed my second air. Kept it flowing to my now new 2nd air a little rock right in the middle, carry it off to the side and leave to nice thugs marks in the snow the acceleration of the landing was huge, kept it together barely coming though the finish line thinking man the snow sucks down there.

After it was over I was glad I did it, glad I stayed up on my feet and glad I beat some people. I have this overwhelming need to try again to go back with a better mind set and a better skill set. The most important thing is despite not so great of a finish I pushed my limits this is what really mattered, I don’t think I ever have skied west baldy that fast.
FKNA man...BIG props on entering this thing. Especially when you had all of those doubts going into it. Those doubts are VERY common amongst everyone doing these things for the first time or two. My first comp at Kirkwood I was pretty much thinking the same stuff as you.

Sounded like you did a good job picking a line that matches your style and abilities which can be a very hard thing to do as it's easy to get caught up watching other skiers scout their lines which could influence your own line.

Despite getting a little lost in your line, you should be very proud that you stayed on your feet, were able to finish your run, and got a respectable score. That's a big step for a first comp and is a great foundation to build upon. Now you have a little bit of experience which can carry over to your everyday freeskiing.....you'll know what you'll have to work on if you want to do better next time and that in and of itself will make you a better skier. Can't wait to hear how you do in your next one (BTW, want to buy my AK qualifier spot? )
post #11 of 11
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Was the winner, Dylan Crossman skiing free heel?
No, he sandbagged it.
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