The Taos Freeride Championships went off this weekend from March 3 to 5 on the famed Kachina Peak and West Ridge at Taos. Over a decade old, this event is a four-star Freeride World Qualifier meaning skiers were putting it all on the line for a chance to qualify for the Freeride World Tour. Just over 80 skiers and riders tackled the tight chutes and steep cliff bands at the venue.
On the ladies side, Ashley Babcock came out on top just ahead of Canada’s Kylie Sivell. Taos’s Emma Patterson rounded out the podium in third with Alta’s Jacqueline Pollard in fourth and Katie Arins in fifth.
Whistler’s Liam Puffer took the top spot on the men’s side followed by Mark Mikos in second and Daniele McFadden in third. Andrew Rumph and and Edward Dujardin came fourth and fifth, respectively.
The Men’s Masters division put on a show with Daniel Greenwald taking first at his home mountain. Squaw Valley’s Steve Tavis laid down a good line for second place and Joseph Seely rounded out the podium in third.
Stay tuned for more FWQ action as athletes head to Crystal Mountain March 14-16 for the next four-star event.