Lo­cal Hoodoo Hop­per par­tic­i­pates in Revel­stoke Free-style Ski Com­pe­ti­tion

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Hoodoo Hop­per Ava Lund en­tered the two-day com­pe­ti­tion on Satur­day, March 26. The snow was fresh (for the end of March ski­ing), the sky was crys­tal blue and the sun was shock­ingly bright. Her first run placed her third – although the skiers plac­ing one and two were tied for first and Ava was a mere frac­tion off their score.

The judg­ing is quite com­pre­hen­sive. Ba­si­cally the judges in­di­vid­u­ally score the skiers on their ac­ro­bat­ics: air, form and land­ing as well as level of dif­fi­culty. They also look for how the ath­lete goes from the top of the hill to the bot­tom (choos­ing a fall line which is the short­est from start to fin­ish) and not go­ing out of bounds. The skier must main­tain a proper form that shows ath­leti­cism, con­trol, bal­ance and con­ti­nu­ity of mo­tion. Fi­nally, the judges tally their scores to see where each ath- lete places. Those who make the first day’s cut go onto day two to com­pete – there are a num­ber of skiers (de­pend­ing on how many are in each race) who are elim­i­nated for fall­ing, low­est scores…)

Day two was more chal­leng­ing. It was rain­ing and quite windy which made the moun- tain much icier. The 100 plus com­peti­tors, in age cat­e­gories from un­der twelve to un­der eigh­teen, felt the dif­fer­ence in con­di­tions. Some ath­letes fell, lost skis and were dis­qual­i­fied for a myr­iad of rea­sons.

Ava rep­re­sented the Hoodoo Hop­pers well. In fact, coaches from many dif­fer­ent teams ap- proached her and said they had never seen her ski bet­ter. One Calgary coach said he felt she re­ally de­served sec­ond place. The judges scored Ava as fourth – the first five are placed on podium in this sport – and, again, she was a frac­tion off the first three.

Lo­cal Hoodoo Hop­per Ava Lund (pic­tured far right on podium) par­tic­i­pated in the Revel­stoke Freestyle Ski Com­pe­ti­tion on March 26.

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