Steamboat Springs The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club snowboard team competed in its first United States of America Snowboard Association slope-style contest of the year Saturday in Vail and garnered multiple top results.
The best finishes came from Nik Baden in the Open Class and Spencer Vaughan in the Youth Men division.
Baden continued his rise in the snowboarding world by winning the Open Class with solid second run. He did a rodeo off the first rail followed by a switch backside 720 and cab 900.
“He’s blowing up, to say the least,” said Collin Jenks, the snowboarding program’s senior head coach. “Ever since he was a young kid, we knew he would be something special. The past couple of years, he keeps getting better and better.”
Vaughan won the Youth Men with a switch frontside rodeo followed by a frontside 360 and backside 720.
Vaughan, who has struggled with consistency, was able to start the season off strong.
“He’s been back and forth each year,” Jenks said. “He’s either had a real good year or a bummer year. This year, he started on a real good note.”
Other top finishes included Marty Boyd in first place in Grommet Boys (ages 8 and 9). Winston Vaughan was fourth in Menhune Boys (ages 10 and 11), and Cody Winters was ninth in the Breaker Boys (ages 12 and 13). Ryan Merritt was 12th in the Breaker Boys.
Brian Glover was second in the Junior Men (ages 16 and 17) division. Ania Budzinski was second in the Junior Women (ages 16 and 17). Berin Klawiter was fifth in Junior Men, and Billy Winters was fifth in Youth Men.
The event was part of the qualification process for USASA Nationals in April at Copper Mountain. Jenks said he expects a large number of Steamboat athletes to qualify for the national event.
The team next competes Jan. 26 in half-pipe and Jan. 27 in slope-style in Breckenridge.
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