Freestylers soar at Silver Star

Zach Fenn of Vernon competes in the slope style competition at the Timber Tour B.C. Freestyle Ski Championships Friday morning at Silver Star Mountain Resort.  - Lisa VanderVelde/Morning Star
Zach Fenn of Vernon competes in the slope style competition at the Timber Tour B.C. Freestyle Ski Championships Friday morning at Silver Star Mountain Resort.
— image credit: Lisa VanderVelde/Morning Star

Silver Star Freestyle Ski Club athletes ruled the air and bumps in the Timber Tour B.C. Championships last weekend at their home mountain resort.

Under beautiful, sunny skies, 200 athletes gathered to compete in both slopestyle and moguls competition.

The slopestyle competition opened Friday. In the 16-18 age group, Vernon’s Tanner Gordon, fresh off a runner-up finish at Junior Nationals, topped off his run by coming in backwards to O’Doyle, the largest jump on the course, and spinning 900 degrees off-axis to take top spot.

Close on his heels in third was teammate Thomas Pool, Junior National Champion Jake Ondrik in fifth, Tyson Oland sixth, Ty Schulte seventh and Connor Broderick  eighth.

Patrick Marsh, not letting the Vernon Morning Star front-page fame go to his head, laid down a solid run in the 14-15 age bracket to take fourth. Matt Roberts and Zach Fenn were ninth and 10th respectively.

Stirling Peters, in the 13 and Under category, put his hard work in the off-season on display with solid rail technique and spins to take home third, Hayden Person’s 450 off the cannon rail was the start to his solid run, landing him fifth followed by Benjamin Rampado in sixth and Jacob Tooke in 11th.

Josh Melbourne landed a super clean 720, his first in competition, to earn his top placing of the year in 12th. Eleven-year-old Elena Gaskell, competing in the 13 and Under division, continued her winning ways with her run highlighted with a front flip followed by a 540 for gold. Jamie Rykuiter stomped a super clean 360 in her run to place ninth.

Elena Gaskell led the Silver Star charge in the moguls with a season-best fourth.  Patrick Dew and Person both earned sixth in their respective groupings.

In the Super Youth dual moguls Sunday, Megan Loland and Jordan Macdonald each struck gold in the Women’s 12 and Under and 8-9 divisions, respectively.

Sam Rampado was runner-up in the Men’s 10-11 group, while Tate Garrod bagged a bronze in the 8-9 class just ahead of Jaxon Peters. Kyle Bush was third and Alex Sewell fourth in the 7 and Under.

Jaidyn Gordon-Mason finished fourth in Men’s 12 and Under.

In the Super Youth slopestyle, Loland topped her class, as did Caden Danbrook in the Men’s 10-11 division.

Tressa Reinhart pocketed third in Women’s 8-9 with Macdonald sixth and Ella Rolleston seventh.

Matthew Gardner placed fourth and Liam Bush seventh in Men’s 10-11, while Peters and Zach Oland were seventh and eighth, respectively, in Men’s 8-9.

Steven Benischek was fifth and Travis Beer seventh in Men’s 12 and Under.

Gold sponsors for the Timber Tour were: Kal Tire, Monashee Powder Snowcats, Helmut’s Sausage and CIBC Wood Gundy.

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