After being forced by Mother Nature to use two weather days, the anticipation of today’s first day of World tour Competition at The Subaru Canadian Freeskiing Championships was palatable. All the waiting paid off as both the women and men went off on North Bowl at Revelstoke Mountain Resort. With tricks galore, the new style category was once again featured heavily in the competitors’ runs. The stage was set for what is forecasted to be a bluebird day for the heli finals on Mac Face tomorrow.
Coming in first for the women with a score of 33.33 was Leah Evans of Red Mountain, BC. “Leah skied a great, solid and very fluid line” remarked Judge Chris Rubens. Coming in second with a score of 33.27 was Aspens’ Jacqui Edgerly. Rounding out the top three was the winner of the qualifier day, Tatum Monod from Banff, Alberta with a score of 31.87.
The men stepped up to the challenge, throwing down some of the biggest tricks ever seen on the Subaru Freeskiing World Tour, including Collin Collins with the first 720 in tour history. Coming out on top for the men was Drew Tabke who started first and placed first with a score of 38.53. “I’ve never gotten that many face shots and ended up in first place, it made for a really great day one,” said Tabke. Close behind Tabke was Mad River Glen’s own Lars Chickering Ayers, with a score of 37.30. In third place was Mat Jackson of Squaw Valley with a score of 36.43.
The top 20 men and the top 7 women will head to Mac Face tomorrow. All competitors will be loaded into a Selkirk Tangiers Heli Skiing helicopter and shuttled to the start. The athletes will be perched above Mac Face, which has received over 60 cm’s of fresh snow in the last 2 days and is not open to the public and has yet to be skied this season. Tune in to the live webcast tomorrow at 11 AM PST to see the Subaru Freeskiing World Tour athletes making fresh turns and throwing mind blowing tricks on what may be the greatest venue on the entire tour.
Words by Chris Jennings