Among the free skiers, Connor Clayton (W. Simsbury, CT) claimed the silver in the Open Skier Men’s class, while Calvin Lyons (Marlboro) took fifth, and River Kerns (Saratoga Springs, NY) sixth among Skier Men (ages 14 and over).
Connor Clayton was just back from a trip to Whistler, British Columbia, where he took part in the North Face Open, a Gold Level AFP (Association of Freeski Professionals) event limited to 50 competitors. The North Face Open was a breakthrough event for Clayton as it was his first opportunity to compete in events which will allow him to accumulate AFP points which, like FIS points for alpine racers, are needed to move toward more elite competitions and the Olympics.
Clayton is scheduled to compete in a number of other AFP events, such as Rev Tour stops in Boreal, CA, Sun Valley, ID, and Seven Springs, PA, the Dumont Cup at Sunday River in Maine, and another North Face Open at Stratton.
Alpine skier Ariana Welter (Babylon, NY) competed on Sunday, January 19, in a dual giant slalom at Magic Mountain. Skiers competed twice during the day, with red and blue courses side by side on the mountain. Welter placed third in the morning run, and second in the afternoon.
Some MSA alumni have also been visible on the international stage. Vermonters Parker White and Chris Logan (brother of Devin) have received invitations to compete in the B&E Inventational in Arcs, France, in April.
This event will put together 20 of the world’s best skiers on a course which will call for original style in putting together great tricks and creative transitions on a highly idiosyncratic set of obstacles.