SNC Freeski and Snowboard Teams Kick-Off USCSA Nationals

SNC Freeski and Snowboard travel to Lake Placid, New York for USCSA Nationals

Freeski Rail Jam
Max Leabamn
Freeski Rail Jam Raleigh White
Snowboard Rail Jam
Max Leabman
Snowboard Rail Jam Austin Smith

2,800 miles from home, across the country at Whiteface Mountain, New York the Sierra Nevada College Free Ski and Snowboard teams are prospering amongst the best collegiate snowsport teams, at the 38 annual USCSA Nationals this week.

Trading the Sierra Nevada’s exceptional snowpack for the East Coast’s rainy winter, the snow sports teams are adjusting well, under the scarce conditions and minimal snow.

In SNC tradition, the teams earned top placements, individually and as a team in Rail Jam and Slopestyle events on Tuesday and Wednesday.

“It’s great being in New York, as it is outside the routes of where we usually ski and compete,” said  Sophomore freeskier Connor Clayton.  “It’s awesome getting a new perspective of competitive skiing with a team and others, outside myself.”

Nationals kicked off on Tuesday with the initial event; Rail Jam. The event gave the athlete’s an opportunity to showcase their skills on a progressive rail setup.

“The setup was pretty sick, they really came out and pushed all the athletes to their best abilities. It was an exciting event, I’m stoked SNC came out on top,” Sophomore freeskier Ali Perotti winner of the women’s Rail Jam competition said.

Rail Jam Results

Women’s Freeski

1st   Ali Perotti

4th  Sarah Lingg

5th  Emilie Amundsen

6th  Jamie Wanzek

Men’s Freeski

2nd  Raleigh White

3rd  Connor Clayton

5th   Andrew Eells

10th  Ben Merrill

23rd Joris Grintalis

32rd  Aiden Lee

Women’s Snowboard

6th Rachel Lightner

7th Carina Logan

8th Marissa Hushaw

10th Colleen Healey

19th Celine Holland

Men’s Snowboard

1st Austin Smith

3rd Frederick McCarthy

5th Marco Gooding

6th Jack Pretasky

7th Cory Rudolph

Compared to two years ago here at Whiteface, there is a lot less snow, but they’re doing really well with what they’ve put together for all of us,” Senior snowboarder Marco Gooding said. “It has been fun and everyone is doing really good this year.”

Wednesday, the teams competed in Slopestyle and represented SNC’s skills yet again.

With adverse conditions, the teams adapted to the unfavorable, slushy jumps and slow speeds to win the podium. The competition format was a two-run qualifier for Finals, with SNC athletes making finals.

“The Slopestyle course was really great for the conditions, hats off to to the park crew for maintaining the course, said Freeski Coach Jon Cherry.“ I was impressed with everyone’s performance run, as they all made finals.”

“The USCSA Nationals has done an excellent job of showing all the hard work our team has put in throughout the season as well as throughout the course of the years. Majority of our team are seniors and their dedication is representative with the results.”

Snowboard Coach Max Leabman said. Thursday, is Men’s Skier and Snowboard Cross, Friday Women’s Skier and Snowboarder Cross, and Saturday Snowboard Giant Slalom. To tune in live, USCSA is live streaming the competitions at:

Slopestyle Results

Women’s Freeski

1st  Ali Perotti

2nd Emilie Amundsen

4th Sarah Lingg

6th Megan McClintock

11th Jamie Wanzek

Men’s Freeski

1st  Raleigh White

2nd  Connor Clayton

4th  Andrew Eells

11th  Ben Merrill

14th  Joris Grintalis

Women’s Snowboard

3rd Colleen Healey

6th Rachel Lightner

7th Carina Logan

13th Marissa Hushaw

25th Celine Holland

Men’s Snowboard

2nd Marco Gooding

3rd Austin Smith

5th Freddy McCarthy

8th Cory Rudolph

9th Jack Pretasky