Academy skiers and riders keep busy
Mar 15, 2014 | 2362 views | 0 0 comments | 62 62 recommendations | email to a friend | print
DOVER- It was another lively weekend for the Mount Snow Academy skiers and riders, with athletes heading to a variety of venues for regional and national competition.

Alpine skiers Arianna Welter (Babylon, NY) and Tess Beyer (Brewster, NY) were at Mount Willard, NY, for U12 slalom competition. Welter won the event and Beyer took sixth overall. These placements secured their rankings in the top 10 southern Vermont skiers in their age class, and qualified both to take part in the Piche Invitational, a slalom and giant slalom competition at Gunstock, NH, later in the month. Alex Welter (Babylon, NY) also got word that she’s moving on to the U16 USSA Eastern Finals at Sugarloaf, ME.

Okemo was the place to be for MSA riders and freeskiers, who competed in a Southern Vermont Series halfpipe event there on Saturday. Snowboarders David McCarthy (Pawling, NY) and Ryan Gormley (Wyckoff, NJ) dominated the Junior Men’s division (ages 16-17), taking the gold and silver respectively. Ali Hsueh (Closter, NJ) took first among Youth Women (ages 14-15), and Bradley Harper (W. Simsbury, CT) came in third among Youth Men. Among the freeskiers, Thomas Neal (Wallingford, CT) captured the top spot for Skier Men (ages 13-15), closely followedby teammate River Kerns (Saratoga Spriings, NY), who came in third.

On the national stage, freeskier Connor Clayton (W. Simsbury, CT) is in Sun Valley, ID, to compete in the next stop on the Revolution Tour. Clayton placed in the middle of the pack at his last Rev Tour stop, in Seven Springs, PA, and is hoping to up his standings this trip. The following week, Clayton will join teammates Chris Frulla and Kirk Scully, who have qualified to participate in the USSA Junior Nationals in Park City, UT. MSA freeskiers Caroline Claire (Wilmington) and Ali Perotti (Canaan, CT) also qualified but will not be able to compete.
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