Crested Butte, Colorado, February 21, 2010 – With over two feet of snow going into the Finals and Super Finals- which were both held today of the 19th Annual Subaru U.S. Extreme Freeskiing Championships, there was bound to be big air. And there most certainly was on today's venue, which included parts of Staircase, Hand Rail, Body Bag and Dead End.


Photo: Eben Wight – MSI

There has been a steady—and much welcomed—snowfall in Crested Butte Mounatin Resort since Saturday morning, many competitors, including top woman, Claudia Bouvier, of Vail, Colorado, simply had fun with the surplus of snow during the competition.

Bouvier skied an aggressive, high speed line into looker's right; stomping her way down a beautiful pillow line, known as Hand Rail, and finishing off her run by shredding giant slalom turns in the deep pow through an open gut down the middle of Staircase. In the finish, it was obvious by her wide grin and snow-caked goggles that, "The Little One," as she's referred to—she’s just 5 feet—got face shots all the way down. Her stellar powder skiing earned her a total score of 67.97.

"I was really nervous on top, Angel (Collinson) was awesome, she sent up a radio report saying the snow was great…so I just charged it!" said Bouvier about what she was thinking going into the Super Finals.

Behind her in second was Hazel Birnbaum, of Kirkwood, California, who also skied with the aggression and fluidity that the judges love to see. Her savvy line choice grabbed her a total score of 65.53

In third was Jess McMillian, of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, who skied an impressive technical line through Body Bag, nabbing her a total score of 65.50.

In fourth place was Angel Collinson, of Snowbird, who skied a fast, fluid line through Hand Rail, for a total score of 64.77. In fifth place was Crystal Rose-Lee, of Whistler, Canada, with a total score of 64.77, who was also all smiles after her pow run.

"That was just one of the top three runs I've ever skied in a comp," Rose-Lee told Mountain Sports International’s field reporter, Mike Reff.

For the men, Griffin Post, of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, came out on top with a high score of 94-flat. Post skied two first-place runs today, for both the Finals and Super Finals. Both runs were the same technical line through Body Bag, which he skied with unprecedented speed, fluidity and aggression. He sealed his top spot by straight-lining and stomping a 30-foot air.

“Coming in first place, it’s always pretty stressful, but I had skied the winning line before, it’d be stupid to deviate from anything besides that,” Post said of his second run. “It was a pretty straightforward decision.”

Behind Post, was Cliff Bennett, of Snowbird, Utah, a seven-year veteran to the Freeskiing World Tour, who skied a similar line to Post's in Body Bag. Bennett's line was full of steep, technical turns around tight rocks; he finished it by straight-lining it over rocks and stomping it. His difficult line choice and awesome ability to stay on his feet in tough spots earned him a 93.20.

In third place was Caleb Mullen, of Crested Butte, Colorado, who opted for getting big air off of Cheeseburger Cliff, which nabbed him a 86.90.

In fourth place was Mark Fillipini, of Vail, Colorado,who headed down a pillow line in Dead End; cinched his top-five spot by sending a straight-line into the trees and also stomping it. Not only did that run secure his position, it also earned him the coveted Sick Bird Award. In fifth place and newcomer to the Freeskiing World Tour as pre-qualified athlete was Whit Boucher, of Vail, Colorado, who certainly proved with a 30-foot stomp off of Cheeseburger Cliff, that he is a new force to be reckoned with.

‘The Subaru Freeskiing Championships is truly an icon event for Crested Butte Mountain Resort and the community.  The fact that it is going into its 19th year is a testament to the quality of the event and we take tremendous pride in this longevity and energy the event continues to drive,” said Daren Cole, VP Sales and Marketing at Crested Butte Mountain resort.

After Crested Butte, the Subaru FWT continues on to the famed Cirque at Kirkwood, California. Long known as the premier venue on the Subaru FWT, Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort will host the 2010 Subaru Freeskiing World Championships, with the tour leaders battling for top positions in the final runs of the year down the infamous North Baldy.

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