Big mountain rippers from around the globe joined atop the North Baldy venue on Sunday for the final day of the 2015 Subaru Freeride Series event at Snowbird, Utah. The day consisted of big, burly hits and extreme competition, marking the first stop of 2015 Subaru Freeride Series, where athletes competed for points to be crowned the Freeskiing World Tour champions at the end of the season.
Friday’s competition was cut short due to 120 mph wind gusts and Saturday was announced as a weather day, leaving Sunday as the day of competition. Athletes were stoked to come out to a beautiful sunny day with a high of 40 degrees. Several hundred spectators enjoyed the warm weather as the competitors took to the was boney, technical, and feature-filled venue. The action began with men’s ski semis, which, due to time constraints, became final results. Atop the podium was Grant Howard who won over the judges and crowd finishing first in men’s ski.
“Grant Howard had a super fluid, playful run with three big 360s-just beautiful riding,” said head judge Eric Schmitz.
Since the female skiers competed on Friday, their finals were based on a combined score of the two days. The top three women maintained the points to podium, but it was Freeride Series’ veteran Crystal Wright who had the “winning run of the day,” according to Schmitz, with a huge, bold straight air at the bottom that earned a major “Sickbird” nomination. However, it was Ashley Bembenek of Crested Butte who took the top spot on the podium. Bembenek skied a fast, solid line to maintain her first place semifinals result for the victory.
“I grew up ski racing with the ladies who took the top four places today,” Bembenek said. “It’s great to return to our stomping grounds here at Snowbird for the first comp of the season.”
Connery Lundin took home the backcountry.com “Sickbird” award with a stomped, massive flat-3 Japan.
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The Subaru Freeride Series continues to Telluride, Colorado (March 4 – 8), Alyeska, AK (March 16 – 22) and Big Sky, MT (March 25 – 29). For the event schedule and details, please visit www.SubaruFreerideSeries.com. Join Freeride Series on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.
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