DOVER- The Mount Snow Academy Freeski Team has spent the last couple of weekends competing in slopestyle at the East Free Ski Tour. On February 14, the team was at Sugarloaf in Maine. MSA senior Chris Frulla (W. Simsbury, CT) topped the podium, taking first place in the East Free Ski championship event. Frulla described the conditions as difficult, with poor visibility and a slow course due to fast-falling snow. But, he said, it was a day to have fun and he put together “one of the cleanest runs I’ve put down to date.” Teammate Ali Perotti took second among the women. Placements in events on this tour create eligibility to compete in the Junior Nationals at Park City, UT. MSA’s Caroline Claire (Wilmington) has already qualified based on her position as the current USASA national champion. Other MSA freeskiers are awaiting word about whether they’ll be headed to Park City. Invitations to the event will come out on February 24.
While the skiers headed north, three MSA snowboarders moved south to New Jersey to compete in the Volcom Peanut Butter and Rail Jam at Mountain Creek on February 15. Max Lyons (Marlboro) placed third in the Open class, Ryan Gormley (Wyckoff, NJ) took second in the 16-and-over class and Bradley Harper (W. Simsbury, CT) came in fourth in the 15-and-under group. All three qualified to move on to the finals, which will be held at Mammoth Mountain, CA, in April.
On the international stage, three MSA alumnae competed at the Sochi Olympics. Devin Logan took silver in the free ski competition, placing second in the slopestyle event. Four-time Olympian Kelly Clark took bronze in the women’s halfpipe. Mogul skier Eliza Outtrim was sixth.