Thirteen-year-old U.S. Snowboarding rookie Chloe Kim earned the World Snowboard Tour Overall title with her third-place finish in the Burton U.S. Open halfpipe final at Vail, CO, March 8.
Kim, a member of the Mammoth Junior Snowboard Team, is the youngest athlete to ever win the honor.
Kim shared the podium with another Mammoth athlete and mentor, Kelly Clark, who earned her second consecutive World Snowboard Tour halfpipe title with her win.
Revolution Tour in Sun Valley
Two of Mammoth’s top freeskiers, Abigale Hansen and Joshua Bowman, joined their snowboard teammates at the final Pop-Tarts U.S. Revolution Tour at Sun Valley, Idaho, March 5-7. Hansen had an all-star performance in the two freeski halfpipe contests, taking second in the Mammoth make-up event and then coming back the following day to take first in the Sun Valley scheduled event. Not to be outdone by the skiers, Maddie Mastro took the top podium stop for the Ladies Snowboard Halfpipe, followed by Jenise Spiteri in sixth and Danielle Broderick in ninth. In the Women’s Slopestyle, Mammoth Snowboard Team coach Danika Duffy took home the bronze. Unfortunately the Men’s Slopestyle contest was cancelled due to weather and will not be rescheduled.
Tiny Tots Race in Kittredge Fun Cup
The annual Kittredge Fun Cup, a dual giant slalom race for the Mammoth Mountain Mighty Mites and their younger siblings, was held Sunday, March 9.
Over 70 mini racers charged down the courses in record times with the fastest time of the day, 25.45, posted by eight year-old Cooper Hindshaw.
Other racers who took first in their age class were:, Lyra Manning, Heath Rodriquez, Stella Vanderhurst, Campbell Burrows, Madeline LeFrancois, Grant Schneider, Lyla Rowley and Gavin Turner. Electra Ferry won the four year-old class and the hearts of the spectators with runs that belied her age.
The Mighty Mites will be back on the hill, racing March 22 in the Mighty Might World Championships, complete with the parade of Nations.