Qualifier Day Kicks off Swatch Freeskiing and Freeride World Tour Revelstoke 2012

Benjamin Ogilvie wins Mens; Lexi Dupont takes the Ladies Qualifier

From the Freeskiing World Tour— Revelstoke, BC – January 5, 2012 – Revelstoke’s Separate Reality venue was host to today’s Qualifier for the Swatch Freeskiing and Freeride World Tour. With few spots up for grabs in Friday’s Day 1 of competition, skiers pushed the limits of big mountain freeskiing to earn their spot. Taking first out of 60 competitors in the Men’s field was Benjamin Ogilvie from Fernie, BC. In first for the Women is Snowbird local Lexi Dupont from a stacked roster of 23 ladies.

“In today’s qualifier, it was definitely clear that skiers needed to step up in every aspect of the criteria; they had to have great technique, control and fluidity,” notes Head Judge Jim Jack on the selective cut. Out of the deep qualifier field, 13 men and 4 women will advance to Day 1 competition on North Bowl’s Unlimited Assets tomorrow. “It was a very competitive cut, so congratulations to the skiers that made it in,” said Jack.

On the women’s side, athletes skied very smart and safe and 99 % of the competitors stayed on their feet. “Winner Lexi Dupont skied fast and fluid, with direct fall-line skiing,” remarked Announcer Max Kuszaj. “Its no surprise she is sitting in the top qualifying position going into day 1.” Canadian Crystal-Rose Lee was a close second. For the men, the majority of the skiers made the best use of the terrain and the style/creativity category by adding newschool tricks into their run, which benefited their scores. “A standout for me would be Fernie BC’s own Luke Nelson with his fast, fluid technical skiing on the top of Separate Reality, and smooth 360 at the bottom, encompassing all aspects we encourage in a competitor’s run,” says Kuszaj.

Skiers on the mountain today experienced a mix of sun and snow with great conditions and visibility of the venue. “Conditions for this event are definitely shaping up to be some of the best we’ve had here at Revelstoke. The consistency of the snow will make landings cleaner and provides athletes a venue to showcase their abilities. Day 1 of the Swatch Freeskiing and Freeride World Tour starts tomorrow and will be broadcast live on www.freeskiingworldtour.com.

Tune in to www.freeskingworldtour.com for live non-stop action January 6-8.

Friday Jan 6: Day 1 Skiing

Saturday Jan 7: Snowboarding

Sunday Jan 8: Day 2 Skiing Finals

Results from the Swatch Freeskiing and Freeride World Tour
At Revelstoke Mountain Resort
Qualifier – Separate Reality
Thursday, January 05, 2012

LADIES
Place. Name, Home Mt., Score
1. Alexis Dupont, Snowbird, 29.40
2. Crystal-Rose Lee, Whistler, 29.33
3. Gillian McKercher, Sunshine Village, 28.93
4. Lauren Goss,Revelstoke, 27.43
Cut-Off
5. Julie Thomas, Lake Louise, 26.23
6. Kim Bastedo, Revelstoke, 26.17
7. Kasie Stroshin, Whistler, 25.90
8. Jenny Strong, Whistler, 25.30
9. Rachel Findler, Whistler, 24.97
10. Alex Riedman, Crested Butte, 24.53
11. Zoya Lynn, Revelstoke, 24.53
12. Alexandra Taran, Snowbird, 24.47
13. Lucy Sackbauer, Vail/Big Sky, 24.43
14. Maddie Crowell, Telluride, 24.40
15. Lindsey Cannon, Telski, 24.03
16. Jill Young, Whistler, 23.83
17. Karissa Tuthill, Jackson Hole, 23.70
18. Hadley Hammer, Jackson Hole, 23.47
19. Chloe Williams, Lake Louise, 23.33
20. Katrina Devore, Aspen, 23.10
21. Jacqueline Knutson, Alta/Snowbird, 22.23
22. Tracy Chubb, Sun Valley, 22.07
23. Kelsey Boleski, Mad River Glen, 16.87

Gents
1. Benjamin Ogilvie, Fernie, 38.20
2. Jake Sakson, AspenSnowmass, 36.37
3. Luke Nelson, Fernie, 36.30
4. Blake Clarkson, Snowmass, 36.20
5. Rylan Kappler, Revelstoke, 34.73
6. Ben Paciotti, Crystal Mountain, 33.93
7. Conor Pelton, Crystal Mountain, 33.53
8. Patrick Westfeldt, AspenSnowmass, 32.07
9. Sean Collin, Squaw Valley, 31.73
10. Christian Boucher, Whistler, 31.60
11. Jason Jones, Adanac Ski Hill CAN, 31.40
12. Sean Cochrane, Revelstoke, 30.73
13. Richard Small, Fernie, 30.63
Cut-Off
14. Amon Barker, Taos, 30.53
15. Ryan Price, Donner Peak, 30.50
16. Adam McCraw, Brimacombe CAN, 30.40
17. Ryan Sullivan, Whistler, 30.10
18. Daryn Edmunds, Alta/Snowbird, 29.63
19. Johnathan Lee, Snowbird, 29.50
20. Paris Tolmachoff, Squaw Valley, 29.37
21. Frank Howard, Snowmass, 29.30
22. Simon Brandelind, Brantberget SWE, 29.20
23. Rasmus Ekman, Sweden, 29.03
23. Evan Haines, Tahoe, 28.63
25. Brent Malysh, Whitewater, 28.20
26. Drew Fisher, Alpine Meadows, 27.73
27. Matt Potter, Breckenridge, 27.43
28. Tommy Ellingson, Mt. Baldy, 26.63
28. Tim Swartz, Jackson Hole, 25.37
30. Brett Dawley, Powder King CAN, 24.60
31. Darrell Haggard, Arapahoe Basin, 23.93
32. Gabriel Ohlson, Bridger Bowl, 23.47
33. Collin Adams, Albequerque, 22.83
34. TJ David, AspenSnowmass, 22.77
34. Kyle Taylor, Whitefish, 22.63
36. James Johnson, Mt. Rose, 21.30
37. Andreas Hasselbeck, Whistler, 20.83
38. Yu Sasaki, Whistler, 20.83
39. Henry Worobec, Bridger Bowl, 20.73
41. Davis Souza, Alpine Meadows, 19.80
42. Wiley Chubb, Sun Valley, 19.67
43. Jason R. Frazier, Snowbird, 19.07
44. Austin Ross, USA, 18.13
45. Ryan Walters, Bridger Bowl, 18.10
46. Simon Reeves, Mt. Olympus NZ, 17.17
47. JJ Vinet, Revelstoke, 16.67
48. Eric Young, Mt. Seymour CAN, 16.27
50. Roland Forbes, Bogus Basin, 15.87
51. Deven Bennett, Crested Butte, 15.60
52. Will Collin, Squaw Valley, 14.87
53. Cody Erwin, Lk. Louise/Kicking Horse, 14.83
54. Matt Francisty, Whistler, 14.43
55. Conrad Yarmocoy, Fernie, 14.17
56. Josh Anderson, Squaw Valley, 14.00
57. Vegard Helgesen, Tryvann NOR, 13.13
58. Todd Mansfield, Canada Olympic Park, 11.53
59. Trevor Haley, Vail, 11.40
60. Drew Rouse, Vail, 11.30
61. Griffin Dunne, Smugglers Notch, 0.00
62. Scottie Williams, Lost Trail/Powder Mtn., 0.00