Simapalooza competitions close out season

Apparently, Miguel Rodden has a few new tricks in his repertoire. The 17-year-old freestyle skier pulled a wicked flip-spin move after vaulting off a rail-box halfway up Mount Sima on Sunday. Called a misty 450, it's a rare stunt.

Apparently, Miguel Rodden has a few new tricks in his repertoire.

The 17-year-old freestyle skier pulled a wicked flip-spin move after vaulting off a rail-box halfway up Mount Sima on Sunday.

Called a misty 450, it’s a rare stunt. Rodden’s performance during Simapalooza may have been the first time it was successfully completed at the resort.

“That was the first time I ever landed it,” said Rodden. “It was fun. It was a small event, but everyone was having fun. I was pretty stoked.”

Rodden was participating in the slopestyle competition while others were downing beers, burgers and hot dogs at Sima’s annual season closer.

It was a topsy-turvy year. Conditions on the mountain were awesome, but they resort’s unreliable chairlift equipment prevented skiers from enjoying them to the fullest.

That didn’t mar the closeout celebrations, which saw guys like Rodden put on stellar performances.

Rodden, who took eighth in slopestyle for the Yukon Freestyle Ski Team’s best result at the BC championships (see story on page 37), had a bit of the end-of-season mentality – it’s the last day, why not just go for it, he said.

“Yeah, basically,” said Rodden. “Although I am moving to Whistler on Thursday to ski. I’m just going to work nights and ski as much as I can.”

Taking second in the slopestyle ski event was Josh Harlow, hitting 270s off both rails, ahead of Dylan Reed with a front side 270. Hannah Milner, the only female competitor, was first for girls with some spread eagles.

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In the snowboard portion of the slopestyle competition Adam Waddington took the top prize with a front flip off the big rail box.

“I did it off a box in Calgary once, but it was a really small box and it wasn’t as scary,” said Waddington, who also won the boys-under-18 snowboardcross event on Saturday. “My first couple (runs) sucked. But then I knew I wanted to do something a little fantastic because the skiers were doing some cool stuff. So I decided to just do it – and my coaches just got back, so I wanted to show them what I learned since they left.”

Hitting an indy off the box and a shifty off the rail, Lara Bellon, the only female competitor, tied Alidas Jamnicky for second, beating out Gabriel Rivest in third.

This year’s ski cross and snowboardcross races started in the freestyle park, down through Pete’s Plunge, with a couple sizable jumps and some fun rollers along the way.

Taking first in the competitive boys-under-18 division was Simon Geoffroy, skiing for his third time in the event, winning his division last year.

Geoffroy had a rather simple strategy: “Go as fast as I can,” he said.

“Especially the beginning, it’s most important. You have to be first at the beginning, and then you can kept your place because it’s really hard to pass people. So, yeah, the way to go is to go as hard as you can, bust in front of people and block them off.”

For the win Geoffroy outpaced his brother Etienne Geoffroy, who took second, and Sam Schirmer. Winning for the girls was Kaitlyn Mitchell, ahead of Lyndsey Boorse and Hannah Milner.

Capturing the boys-under-12 title in the ski cross was Mael Pronovost, with Shane Orban in second and Victor Thibeault in third.

“It was pretty slushy and icy,” said Simon Geoffroy. “In some places there some really tight turns, and everybody takes it the same way, so it gets super slippery and icy. But other than that it was a really nice course this year – nice jump at the beginning.”

RESULTS

Ski cross

Girls under 18

1st Kaitlyn Mitchell

2nd Lyndsey Boorse

3rd Hannah Milner

Girls under 12

1st Luanda Pronovost

Boys under 18

1st Simon Geoffroy

2nd Etienne Geoffroy

3rd Sam Schirmer

Men over 18

1st Marc Pronovost

Boys under 12

1st Mael Pronovost

2nd Shane Orban

3rd Victor Thibeault

Snowboardcross

Girls under 18

1st Lara Bellon

Boys under 18

1st Adam Waddington

2nd Andrew Jensen

Men over 18

1st John Lindsay

2nd Neil Talsma

Slopestyle

Boys skiing

1st Miguel Rodden

2nd Josh Harlow

3rd Dylan Reed

Girls skiing

1st Hannah Milner

Boarders

1st Adam Waddington

2nd Lara Bellon

2nd Alidas Jamnicky

3rd Gabriel Rivest

Contact Tom Patrick at

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