Steamboat Springs After two days of skiing powder, skiers found something a little different during the third day of the Lando's Mojo Bump Bash.
With the course packed and getting "slipped out" - cleared of new-fallen snow - Saturday night, competitors in the dual mogul event encountered a run that was a lot faster than the previous two days of action.
"The landings held up pretty good," said Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club freestyle program director Erik Skinner. "The bumps were a little bigger and the run was a little faster."
The change in conditions certainly didn't slow down Steamboat Springs from bringing in several podium finishes.
Ryan Dyer, fresh off of a second place finish Saturday, fought through six runs of dual mogul action to take first place.
"He just lit it up," Skinner said.
Dyer beat former Steamboat skier Ryan Riley in the final run.
Steamboat skiers Tyler Saxe, Shaq Torrella, Scott Roche, Dalton Lee and Matt Binsfeld all advanced to the round of 32 before bowing out.
The event started as a dual right away, with the 90 skiers bracketed and paired up depending on points. Judges then scored the two skiers on a 25-point system, splitting the points between the two skiers.
On the women's side, Steamboat continued to dominate the top spots, led by Kara Johnson's second-place finish.
Other top finishers included Alison Crowe (fourth), Camille Bucci (seventh) and Shelby Dyer (eighth).
"I'm ecstatic, really," Skinner said, noting without the help of his coaches, neither the course nor the skiers would have held up as well as they did. "They did an absolutely wonderful job. It started off building jumps on Tuesday. They did a wonderful job of adapting, did some hot skiing and got great results."
The Steamboat freestyle team continues action this week with a Rocky Mountain Division event in Durango.
Burton AM Series
Two Steamboat Springs residents finished in the top five of the Burton AM Series Slopestyle women's competition at Copper Mountain on Saturday.
Steamboat's Madeline Schaffrick finished just fractions of a point behind overall winner Jordan Karlinski from Snowmass Village. Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club member Chloe Banning finished third.
The Burton AM Series is a six-stop competition series that gives amateur riders around the country a chance to compete for spots in the U.S. Open Snowboarding Championships at Stratton Mountain, Vt., on March 17 to 23. Men's and women's first-place winners in each discipline receive a wildcard entry into the U.S. Open Snowboarding Championships.