Ex­cel­lent con­di­tions for banked slalom

Otago Daily Times - - REGIONS - SEAN NU­GENT sean.nu­gent@odt.co.nz

CON­DI­TIONS were near per­fect for this year’s Tre­ble Cone banked slalom race on Satur­day.

Blue skies and light winds meant the 80­strong field had only to deal with the snow, which quickly soft­ened as the day wore on, lead­ing to some falls.

The course was held on the aptly named ski run Gun­bar­rel, which fea­tures steep banks and a nar­row cor­ri­dor in which to ride, mak­ing it dif­fi­cult for many of the rid­ers.

Late with­drawals from United States Olympian Chris Corn­ing, as well as Kiwi freeski­ing broth­ers Jossi and Jack­son Wells, meant the com­pe­ti­tion was wide open.

Tre­ble Cone’s Barry Chis­nall won the men’s open com­pe­ti­tion, while Maria Senoner snuck by Adele Walker to claim the women’s ti­tle.

Aus­tralian Freeride World Tour snow­boarder Am­ber Schuecker won the fe­male masters com­pe­ti­tion, while Wanaka snow­board­ing coach Richie John­ston won the male di­vi­sion.

Cash prizes were awarded to the win­ners as well as the op­por­tu­nity to com­pete in the Mt Baker banked slalom race in the United States next Fe­bru­ary.

PHO­TOS: SEAN NU­GENT

One good turn . . . Ross Whitelaw, of Wanaka, swoops round an­other gate dur­ing the banked slalom com­pe­ti­tion.

Com­ing on through . . . Chi­nese Par­a­lympian Gengliang Liu (left) en­joys a good work­out com­pet­ing in the banked slalom com­pe­ti­tion.

Whoops . . . Warmer con­di­tions and soft snow made it dif­fi­cult for some rid­ers to main­tain their bal­ance through­out the course, in­clud­ing Al­win Bakker (pic­tured).

Ob­sta­cle course . . . A pro­trud­ing tus­sock on the slalom course didn’t af­fect the per­for­mance of Richie John­ston, of Wanaka, who went on to win the men’s masters di­vi­sion.

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