Winners Of The Subaru North American Freeskiing Championships 2010

The masters of the dangerous Cirque and winners of the 2010 Subaru North American Freeskiing Championship for the men's and women's divisions are Dylan Crossman and Janina Kuzma.

Subaru North American Freeskiing Champions.  Photo: event hostKirkwood, California — Janina Kuzma and Dylan Crossman win at the fifth stop of the 2010 Subaru Freeskiing World Tour. This steep skiing contest at Kirkwood Mountain Resort has become notorious since its slopes are so steep that it is permanently off-limits to the public.

This weekend marked the 13th consecutive year of the competition coming to Kirkwood, California and it was a true spectacle.

The Cirque is a 1,500-vertical-foot wall of rock with ski lines that get upwards of 60-degrees in slope angle. Imagine this: if you could somehow stand still on this slope, your extended elbow would touch the mountain.

Last Thursday, Kirkwood received two feet of powdery snow. Thus, event coordinators reserved the most challenging section of the Cirque for Sunday’s final to ensure perfect conditions.

Corey Felton.  Photo: event hostMen’s winner, Dylan Crossman from Mad River Glen, Vermont attacked the Cirque with a smooth style and creative line choice. His run was full of daring moves, including a 360 spin.

''After having stormy weather on day 1, I woke up in the morning and it was blue bird,'' said Dylan Crossman.''I knew I had to make a impressive and smooth run to make my way up from the third position to the first.''

Bad weather moved in during the final heats and women’s winner Janina Kuzma from Treble Cone, New Zealand, considered revising her gameplan.

“I was going to change my line but I stuck with my guns, stayed on my feet and I’m really happy,” said Janina.

Janina Kuzma did an airplane-turn into a tight choke in one of the steepest sections of the Cirque called the ''Hidden Chute''. Her aggressiveness was further rewarded with the contest’s Backcountry.com Sickbird Award which honors the skier who most represents the sport’s heart and soul while ''going big'’.

This is one of the few times a female has won the coveted trophy.

Fans arrived on skis or by snowcat to witness the 2010 Subaru North American Freeskiing World Championships. Until the change in weather at the end, it was a sunny day's picnic in California.


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