Subaru Freeskiing Nationals
The Ninth Annual Subaru U.S. Freeskiing Nationals concluded, with 49 top competitors from around the world gunning for a $12,500 prize purse. The clouds that had settled in all week lifted for today’s finals, leaving 35 men and 14 women to compete under clear skies and howling winds! Champions were crowned on Snowbird’s Tram Plaza deck, amid over 1,000 roaring fans and a live set by DJ Knuckles. In men’s competition, consistency was key, with final results being a cumulative score of one run in yesterday’s semis and two runs in the finals. Christian Boucher of Whistler, B.C., who had skied the most aggressive lines of the day, was in the lead coming into the final run. However, Boucher went too hard and blew up on landing, leaving the door wide open. With clean, technical runs all weekend and a big, fast final line, local favorite Nick Greener claimed the 2006 championship.
“I’m really bummed that Christian [Boucher] fell,” said Greener in a display of sportsmanship. “I wanted him to win. But of course, victory at my home mountain is incredible. I just skied how I always do here. Snowbird is an amazing training ground.”