Steamboat Springs Just a couple of weeks after playing host to freestyle moguls skiers on the cusp of the U.S. Ski Team, Steamboat Springs now will welcome the next generation of freestyle talent.
Starting Friday and running through Sunday, the Rocky Mountain Freestyle team will host the Landon Sawyer Bump Bash in Steamboat. Friday’s event will be a championship moguls event for skiers who have at least 550 United States Skiing Association points.
Saturday is an open moguls competition, and Sunday is a dual moguls competition.
The events should begin about 10 a.m. on the Mayer’s Mogul Run on Voo Doo at the Steamboat Ski Area.
The field of competitors will feature NorAm skiers as well as regional teams from Steamboat, Purgatory, Telluride, Aspen, Breckenridge, Summit and Winter Park.
Recent U.S. Ski Team members and Steamboat skiers Ryan Dyer and Brittany Loweree also are expected to compete in preparation for their World Cup starts Jan. 22 in Lake Placid, N.Y.
“It will be all the NorAm skiers because they are in town,” said Erik Skinner, Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club freestyle director. “All the divisional kids and higher-end kids will be there, especially on the championship day.”
For most of Steamboat’s NorAm skiers, the competition will be a tune-up for the NorAm tour slated to begin in February.
“All these NorAm skiers are setting their sights on the Grand Prix,” Skinner said. “They’ll be on a realistic course length and difficulty to get them ready. It’s to help elevate the NorAm kids, and getting a home start will be good.”
For the divisional skiers, top finishes all three days will prepare them well for Junior Olympics and nationals. Should skiers have enough points to ski all three days this weekend, Skinner said they would have an inside track at the year-end events.
“A good finish, if you’re skiing multiple days, sets you up well,” he said. “This helps out in getting maximum points.”
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