Video: Report from Today’s FWT Qualifying at Revelstoke

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From MSI — January 6, 2011 — Revelstoke, British Columbia — While the snow tapered off toward the end of the day the low lying clouds were unrelenting. The women's qualifier was able to finish, but the men were only able to finish the first seven and all of the men will run again tomorrow. The venue, Separate Reality, was covered in over 30cm's of fresh snow that allowed the ladies to showcase their skills.

Coming in first was Revelstoke local Tatum Monod. At 19 years old and skiing in her first big mountain competition, Tatum was able to distinguish herself from the field with her high scores in fluidity, control, and technique. "The venue was super fun and had lots of fun little features,” she said. Looking toward the first day of World Tour competition, Tatum added, "I'm just going to do the same thing and have fun, which is the biggest thing for me. I don't really know what to expect, it's my first comp, so I'm just going to go ski like I know I can."

In second place was Nicole Dirksen, another Revelstoke local. In third place was Louise Lintilhac from Crested Butte, CO. Taking the top two spots, Revelstoke locals showed that knowing the local terrain is a definite advantage. "The women skied solid and smart today. With the flat light and new snow they skied very well,” said longtime FWT announcer Frankie Alisuag.

All qualifier men will get the chance to ski Separate Reality Friday and the first day of World Tour competition has been pushed back to Saturday. "There's a reason we schedule two weather days in Revelstoke—it dumps here," said Head Judge Jim Jack.

With the women's qualifier concluded and the sky still hammering snow, The Canadian Freeskiing Championships are under way. The next two days are shaping up to provide more snow as well as more thrills as the competition heads into the weekend.

Subaru Canadian Freeskiing Championships Woman’s Qualifier Results
Place. Name, Hometown, Score
1. Tatum Monod, Revelstoke CAN, 28.97
2. Nicole Derksen, Revelstoke CAN, 27.70
3. Louise Lintilhac, Crested Butte USA, 27.17
4. Tracy Chubb, Sun Valley USA, 26.87
5. Sasha Dingle, Bridger Bowl USA, 26.60
6. Alex George, Jackson Hole USA, 25.47
Cut Off
7. Madison Orowell, Telluride CAN, 22.58
8. Kasie Stroshin, Whistler CAN, 22.30
9. Robin McElroy, Squaw Valley USA, 22.00
10. Vanessa Aadland, Alta/Snowbird USA, 21.20
11. Becca Lefanowicz, Sugar Bowl USA, 20.90
12. Nadia Somer, Pemberton Ice Cap CAN, 19.37
13. Alex Riedman, Crested Butte USA, 19.00
14. Alex Taran, Snowbird USA, 16.70
15. Hannah Horigan, Jackson Hole USA, 15.60
16. Jana Lindquist, Are SWE, 15.53
17. Caroline Stromberg, Are SWE, 13.87
18. Lindsay Craig, Thunder Bay CAN, 13.87
19. Hillary Bean, Jackson Hole USA, DNF