Morrison soars

Vernon’s Noah Morrison grabs some airtime at the Canada Post Junior Freestyle Skiing Championships at  Marmot Basin in Jasper National Park.

Vernon’s Noah Morrison grabs some airtime at the Canada Post Junior Freestyle Skiing Championships at Marmot Basin in Jasper National Park.

Noah Morrison of Vernon ended his six-week road trip with two national freestyle skiing championship titles last week at Marmot Basin in Jasper.

Morrison, a 16-year-old VSS student, won the big air competition Thursday, beating out Quebec’s Alexis Lalonde with a score of 43.7 after two jumps.

Friday was the slopestyle, an event that is being considered by the IOC to be included in the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Morrison had a flawless second run with a score of 42.1 to take top spot over Alberta’s Mitchell Graham, who finished with a 41.2.

Morrison’s ski adventure started six weeks ago with training camp in Whistler for the members of the B.C. Park and Pipe Team heading to Halifax for the Canada Winter Games.

He was cleared by his doctor to compete, but he had only had five weeks to heal up after breaking his collar bone in training. Despite a lack of training time, Morrison won silver for B.C. in big air.

The team headed to Vermont after the Winter Games for a Nor-Am event at Killington Ski Resort.

Morrison was sidelined with a bruised heel. The team headed back to Canada to Mount St. Louis for a Canada Post championship event at Moonstone, and Morrison won bronze in half pipe, an event that he hasn’t trained for very much.

He joined freestyle at the age of five and went through the Jumps and Bumps program at Silver Star under head coach and mentor Jeremy Cooper, and is now coached by Mike Shaw, head coach of B.C. Park and Pipe Team.

His skiing goals include making it into the X-games beside fellow Silver Star freestyle alumni like T.J. Schiller and Justin Dorey.