Angel Collinson and Lars Chickering-Ayers Take Top Honors at The 2011 Subaru U.S. Extreme Freeskiing Championships at Crested Butte Mountain Resort
Gabe Robbins Wins the Backcountry.com Sick Bird Award and Carter McMillan Wins the Young Gun Award
From the Freeskiing World Tour — CRESTED BUTTE, CO (Feb. 20, 2011) — With more than 12 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours, the final day of the 20th Annual Subaru U.S. Extreme Freeskiing Championships came to an end giving top honors to Snowbird, UT native and last year's overall tour winner, Angel Collinson and Mad River Glen, VT local and this year's Revelstoke Canadian Freeskiing Championships winner, Lars Chickering-Ayers.
"In the 20th anniversary of this competition, it's amazing to see how skiing has progressed over the years," said Head Judge Jim Jack. "It's very exciting to finally get through this event. We had challenges with the weather but I'm really happy with the athletes' performance, they all pushed and delivered. Overall, it was a great event."
After a drastic cut at yesterday's Day One Staircase venue, 10 females and 27 males skied down Skadi Ridge/Spellbound this Sunday morning for Day Two finals. No surprise, Angel Collinson defending her top tour leader spot dominated the women's field skiing a fast technical line down East L.A. Collinson skied into Spellbound and pointed a high speed double into the open apron; then she picked her way down through the trees and had a finishing score of 68.50. Dominating the women's qualifying day and finishing 4th after Day One, Emiko Torito from Winter Park, CO, finished second with a score of 64.70. Torito came in from East L.A., dropping into the right side of the rocks, making big turns she hit a medium-size rock, skied some trees and hit one more rock on her way down to the finish line. Alta, UT's Ashley Maxfield went into today's competition in last place, but her hard-charging and aggressive skiing earned her a spot on the podium, finishing third with a score of 62.33. Maxfield skied the technical Toilet Bowl portion of the venue, skiing fast and fluid while dropping off some cliffs and navigating through the trees and onto the finish line.
"I'm really stoked. You always come into these competitions with no expectations and with so many good skiers it's hard to control the outcome," said Angel Collinson. "I didn't do well here last year, so to come back and get first place it's incredible."
For the men, the Chickering-Ayers brothers conquered the podium spots. Defending his top spot on Day One, Lars Chickering-Ayers came in first with a final score of 81.37. Throughout the weekend, this back-to-back champion, skied very fast, fluid and technical lines. His run for the Day Two Finals consisted of fast aggressive skiing through Toilet Bowl and then into the open powder fields of Spellbound, allowing him to hold his first place position. Local Crested Butte favorite Tom Runcie was close behind, finishing in second place with a score of 80.40. He aggressively pillow-dropped into the top of Toilet Bowl, made a big left turn straight into another pillow drop, moving into the next chute of Highlife. He capped of his run with some smooth fluid turns through the trees, into Spellbound Bowl, and then into the finish line. The youngest of the Chickering-Ayers brothers, Silas, came in third place with a score of 77.83. He dropped into Toilet Bowl with a small air, rapidly skied fall line to a 30-plus foot cliff, made it through the powdery trees, while capping the run off with a tree gap at the bottom.
"I had no idea today would end up the way it did. I would have liked to ski a more aggressive line today but either way it worked," said Lars Chickering-Ayers. "I still can't believe Silas and I ended up on the podium. We called our parents and they were super excited for us."
Earning the highly-acclaimed Tobais Baka Lee Backcountry.com Sickbird Award, was Crested Butte's own Gabe Robbins. Robbins battled his way through Qualifiers and Day One with fast, fluid and polished skiing. During his finals run, he explosively executed a 55-60 foot front flip off a cliff to start his run. Most importantly, the award was given to him due to his 20 years of involvement and many podium finishes at the Crested Butte Extremes. This will be his final year competing in the Men's field as he will be moving on to the Masters category.
"I looked at the Sickbird belt when I walked in and was not expecting to get it. It really is an honor-I did it for my friends who always come to watch me," said Gabe Robbins.
The North Face Young Gun Award, which goes to the most impressive 23-year-old or younger athlete, was awarded to Canadian, Carter McMillan. For the Masters division, Crested Butte local, Mike Preston got first place in today's competition.
After Crested Butte, the Subaru FWT heads straight to Kirkwood, CA for the Subaru North American Freeskiing Championships.
Subaru U.S. Extreme Freeskiing Championships
At Crested Butte
Day 2 & Final – Skadi Ridge
Sunday, February 20, 2011
Place. Name, Hometown, Score
1. Mike Preston, Crested Butte, 65.97
2. Aaron Lypps, Crested Butte, 59.30
3. Scott Kennett, Telluride, 50.67
4. Kevin Mayer, Eldora Mt, 42.37
1. Angel Collinson, Snowbird, 68.50
2. Emiko Torito, Winter Park, 64.70
3. Ashley Maxfield, Alta/Jay Peak, 62.33
4. Sara Mancuso, Squaw Valley, 61.63
5. Francesca Pavillard, Crested Butte, 61.37
6. McKenna Peterson, Snowbird/Alta, 57.80
7. Alex Reidman, Seven Springs, 55.13
8. Rebecca Selig, Timber Ridge, 50.90
9. Jacqui Edgerly, Aspen Highlands, 49.63
10. Tatum Monod, Norquay, 46.07
1. Lars Chickering-Ayers, Mad River Glen, 81.37
2. Tom Runcie, Crested Butte, 80.40
3. Silas Chickering-Ayers, Mad River Glen, 77.83
4. Carter McMillan, Lake Louise, 75.47
5. Caleb Mullen, Crested Butte, 73.90
6. Alex Else, Attitash, 73.13
7. Ryan Sutton, Crested Butte, 71.83
8. Rob Dickinson, Crested Butte, 71.80
9. Dylan Crossman, Alta/Mad River Glen, 71.70
10. Nick DeVore, Aspen, 71.47
11. Joe Augusten, Taos, 70.77
12. Mathieu Imbert, Vars FRA, 70.43
13. Drew Tabke, Valle Nevado, 69.93
14. Caleb Brown, Fernie, 69.37
15. Gabe Robbins, Crested Butte, 68.53
16. Jesse Bryan, Snowbird, 68.20
17. Ryan Banker, A-Basin, 67.50
18. Luke Nelson, Fernie, 67.40
19. John Lange, Squaw Valley, 64.50
20. Julien Lopez, La Plagne FRA, 58.70
21. John Mason, Breckenridge, 57.37
22. Oakley White-Allen, Middlebury Snowbowl, 56.63
23. Mark Welgos, Aspen, 55.10
24. Johnny Collinson, Snowbird, 55.00
25. Ben Furimsky, Crested Butte, 52.83
26. Rob Gosiewski 79 Vail USA 50.40
27. Alex Norton, Crested Butte, 39.83