Subaru Freeskiing World Tour 2010 Comes To A Close

Sadly, the 2010 Subaru Freeskiing World Tour has come to an end. The event was a blast for skiers and fans alike and the awe-inspiring demonstration of talent leaves everyone thirsting for more.

Drew Stoeckeln, Lars Chickering Ayers and Oakley White-Allen.  Photo: Julie Weinberger-MSIThe 2010 Subaru Freeskiing World Tour has come to a close on Snowbird’s North Baldy venue at the Subaru Freeskiing World Championships.

The skiing that fans witnessed in both the Finals and Super-Finals was absolutely incredible. Especially noteworthy was the attempted 720 by Claudia Bouvier, of Vail, Colorado. Although Bouvier missed the landing, she will forever be known as ‘the girl who went for a 720 in the Super-Finals,” at least until she sticks one in 2011.

The Super-Finals, consisted of the top five women and 12 men from the Finals.  Among the cream of the crop, skiiers had to give their all on North Baldy. For the men, Lars Chickering-Ayers, of Mad River Glen, Vermont, skied a fast, aggressive line, getting huge air off of Flying Squirrel Cliff and then straight-lining it to a double-drop in the Amphitheater, earning him a combined score of 125.57.

Arne Backstrom.  Photo: Julie Weinberger-MSIFor the women, Angel Collinson definitely stood out as the leader.  She earned and overall score of 104.23.

“I went for it, because this isn’t about winning, it’s about skiing,” said Collinson, when asked about her run.

Collinson received the McConkey Cup, in honor of the man who not only pioneered big mountain skiing, but also started the International Freeskier Association.

Collinson also won the coveted overall 2010 The North Face Young Gun Award. Behind Angel Collinson in second, was Crystal Wright with a 103.17, and in third was Emily Teague with a 96.53.

As we approach the one-year anniversary this week of the sports founding father's untimely death, it is only fitting that the overall championship award be dedicated to none other than Saucer Boy.

"He is the overall, leader and inspiration of freeskiing," said Event Director Bryan Barlow, "It was Shane's vision to create a freeskiing competition, to bring the world's best skier to one place and demonstrate the progression."

The North Baldy venue was packed to the brim with fans and the skiiers demonstrated the ultimate skills at this year's very sucessful Freeskiing World Tour.

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