SNC Ski, Snowboard Teams Dominate Nationals

Stormy weather and challenging conditions didn’t hinder snow teams’ success at Mt. Bachelor

SNC ski and snowboard team celebrate at the awards banquet after a long week of competition.

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SNC ski and snowboard team celebrate at the awards banquet after a long week of competition.

Rachel Lightner, Editor

It was another successful year for Sierra Nevada College’s ski and snowboard teams at USCSA’s 39th annual National Championships, where they brought home five team and seven individual national championships. The event, held March 5-12, featured challenging snowy weather, flat light and minimal sunshine, but all teams still managed to walk away with hardware to add to the trophy case.

“Overall, nationals were a great time,” said junior Freddy McCarthy. McCarthy had a successful event, dominating the snowboarding disciplines with three national championships and a first place overall title. “Representing as the snowboard team’s coach as well as a competitor, I got to see things from a different perspective. It was interesting to watch and coach our young men’s team as they took to a bigger stage and really showed what they could do while battling some of the worst weather to compete in.”

The weather was the biggest nemesis for many competitors. With poor visibility throughout the week, several events were postponed for better conditions, forcing some teams to compete twice in a single day. Despite the challenges, the teams still managed to earn give it their all and demonstrate their skills as competitive skiers and riders.

“Both the guy’s and girl’s teams killed it this year,” said junior Connor Clayton, a free ski team member. “Everyone was pushing themselves to land tricks regardless of the sketchy weather and the skiers ended up taking home two national championships!”

“I couldn’t be more proud of my girls’ team and all of our other SNC teammates,” said junior Celine Holland, a snowboard team member. “The whole national’s week I had a team I loved and could more than rely on. Considering the conditions and our team going into nationals, we really united and still placed well.”

USCSA president Andy Rangen said the competition drew 550 athletes who have traveled from all over the country, from 50 to 60 colleges, according to Bend’s KTVZ news. Leaving the record-breaking snowpack in the Tahoe Basin was difficult, but Mt. Bachelor provided plenty of fresh powder for the Eagles to enjoy some turns between competitions. Competitors were happy with Mt. Bachelor’s hard work to create a great course for the USCSA riders to compete on, with a well-crafted slopestyle, rail jam, border cross, giant slalom, and alpine course on the face of the mountain.

“Although the weather made everything limited and hard to work with, the setups that Mt. Bachelor gave us to work with were fun and playful,” McCarthy said.

This year at Nationals was a little different for SNC than past competitions: Neither the free ski nor snowboard teams had official coaches this season. Juniors Freddy McCarthy and Connor Clayton stepped in to lead the teams to a successful nationals competition, and their coaching skills proved successful.

“It was honestly pretty stressful competing and trying to be coach this year,” Clayton said.

“Dealing with the coaches meetings, car ride situations, awards, and everything. But everyone really worked together as a team for the whole week and it made it a pretty awesome experience!”

Mens Freeski Team – 1st

Ladies Freeski Team– 1st

Mens Snowboard Team- 2nd

Ladies Snowboard Team -2nd

Mens Alpine Team – 2nd

Ladies Alpine Team – 2nd


Mens Freeski Individual: 

Connor Clayton- 1st

Rals White- 2nd

Ben Merrill- 4th

Cole Lyon- 7th

Joris Grintallis- 12th

Andrew Eells- 17th

Ladies Freeski Individual: 

Vilde Johansen-1st

Emilie Amundsen- 2nd

Bridget O’Brien- 4th

Gabby Dodd- 7th

Sarah Ling- 8th

Mens Snowboard Individual: 

Frederick McCarthy- 1st

Hunter Lamoureux- 8th

Nick Strother- 13th

Issac Laredo- 14th

Ty Casey- 16th

Ladies Snowboard Individual: 

Rachel Lightner- 4th

Celine Holland- 5th

Carina Logan- 6th

Marissa Hushaw- 7th

Cattie Deering- 15th

Mens Alpine Individual: 

Finlay Neeson- 2nd

Elias Stuerz- 6th

Andri Arnason- 52nd

Ivo Ricou- 56th

Anton Gustav Hans Waller- 61st

Luka Gobec- 64th

Ladies Alpine Individual: 

Saana Ahonen- 2nd

Ebba Grant- 5th

Henriette Haug -65th

Mihaela Kosi- 66th

Eva Jazbec- 67th