Skicross proves popular at Yukon championships

It was the Yukon Freestyle Ski Championships, but the freestyle segment took a backseat to the skicross races at Mt. Sima over the weekend. The two-day championships saw 13 skiers out for the freestyle events on Saturday and 28 out for the skicross races on Sunday.

It was the Yukon Freestyle Ski Championships, but the freestyle segment took a backseat to the skicross races at Mt. Sima over the weekend.

The two-day championships saw 13 skiers out for the freestyle events on Saturday and 28 out for the skicross races on Sunday.

“I think, from seeing the first day’s events, there was a lot of interest on the second day,” said Yukon freestyle ski head coach Stu Robinson. “Skiercross is such an easy event for everyone to compete in, so it was a lot of fun … It’s fun for everyone to do and they don’t get to do it very much.

“Some of the alpine guys came out as well and that’s a sport they’re excelling at.

“It was a great event. It was the best Yukon champs I’ve been to.”

The skicross races used the snowboardcross course installed at Sima for the Arctic Winter Games. It was the first time in a number of years that skicross was part of the Yukon championships.

Another noteworthy change was the increase in female participation. In years past, there have been as little as two female competitors. Sunday saw three female divisions, never mind competitors.

“There were a lot more girls this year so I was really excited about that,” said competitor Anna Smith. “Even if they were younger (than me) it was awesome to see so many more girls.”

Smith finished second in the skicross open female division and was first in the freestyle competition, which was split between slopestyle and halfpipe. (It was also the first time halfpipe was included in the championships since 2007, the previous winter Sima had their halfpipe in working condition.)

Alone in her division for the freestyle, Smith completed a 360, a double spread eagle, and landed switch off the rail in the slopestyle.

“It wasn’t the best halfpipe, so I kind of just rode it for fun,” said Smith. “I didn’t do that many tricks – just some grabs and stuff.”

Winning the open male division in freestyle was James Boyle.

“It’s my first time winning at the Yukon championships and it feels pretty awesome,” said Boyle, who finished second last year. “I think I was the only skier (in slopestyle) to hit the first jump switch – coming in backwards – and I was pretty stoked about that.”

To win the freestyle Boyle hit a switch 540 off the first jump and a right-side 720 on the second jump. He then completed a backside switch-up on box rail and a front-side 270 on the final rail.

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On the halfpipe, he did some straight airs, ending with an alley-oop 180 to an alley-oop 360.

“On both days it was really well organized, everyone was really stoked and it was just an awesome Yukon champs to be a part of,” said Boyle.

Both Smith and Boyle represented the Yukon at the 2010 Arctic Winter Games and the 2011 Canada Winter Games.

At the 2010 Games, Smith won gold in the big air event, as well as two silvers and a bronze.

The Yukon Freestyle Ski Association recently reached a milestone. The previous weekend at the Canadian Junior Freestyle Ski Championships in Quebec, Yukoner Sebastien Berthiaume landed a flat 720 in the big air competition to place fifth. It is the best ever result for a Yukon freestyle skier at the national level.

RESULTS

Slopestyle/halfpipe

Juvenile male (U-12)

1st Brodie Ferland

2nd Milan Lapres

3rd Anthony Barteaux

Junior female (U-16)

1st Dawn Bohmer

2nd Hannah Milner

3rd Lindsay Boorse

Junior male (U-16)

1st Etienne Geoffroy

2nd Aidan Allen

3rd Sebastien Lapres

Open female

1st Anna Smith

Open male

1st James Boyle

2nd Steven Harlow

3rd Colin Kabanak

Skicross

Juvenile female (U-12)

1st Micah Hildes

2nd Luanda Pronovost

Juvenile male (U-12)

1st Hunter Organ-Wood

2nd Mael Provonost

3rd Brody Ferland

4th Victor-Emile Thibeault

5th Anthony Barteaux

6th Cole Beaman

7th Bjorn Boone

Junior female (U-16)

1st Hannah Milner

2nd Shayla Hamilton

3rd Dawn Bohmer

Junior male (U-16)

1st Emile St. Pierre

2nd Etienne Geoffroy

3rd Aidan Allen

4th Sam Schirmer

5th Kyran Allen

6th Sebastien Lapres

7th Ian Hanson

Open female

1st Sara Burke-Forsythe

2nd Anna Smith

Open male

1st Steven Harlow

2nd Colin Kabanak

3rd James Boyle

Masters male

1st Sam Reimer

2nd Marc Pronovost

3rd Dave Hildes

4th Jarrod Davy

Contact Tom Patrick at

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