MSA riders nab gold at Vermont Open
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Mount Snow Academy’s Max Lyons rides over a feature at the Carinthia Mega-Plaza.
Mount Snow Academy’s Max Lyons rides over a feature at the Carinthia Mega-Plaza.
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DOVER- Mount Snow Academy athletes had a busy weekend, representing the school at a number of events around New England. Many of the MSA riders were at Stratton to participate in the Vermont Open, which offered a lively set of events. Friday night was the rail jam. Snowboarder Max Lyons (Marlboro) won the open division and teammate Ryan Gormley (Wyckoff, NJ) grabbed the gold among junior men (ages 14-17). David McCarthy (Pawling, NY) placed sixth among junior men, and Alex Atno (Lavallette, NJ) came in third in the breaker boys division (ages 13 and under).

Saturday included two events, pipe in the morning and big air in the afternoon. Riders Ali Hsueh (Closter, NJ) and McCarthy took second and fourth respectively in pipe, and both claimed the silver in the big competition. When the dust had settled on Sunday afternoon, both Hsueh and McCarthy had placed third overall for the weekend.

Saturday was the day for the second annual Carinthia Open Mega-Plaza at Mount Snow. A plaza-style setup offered a range of boxes, rails, and unique features available for riders in this jam. Lyons got back from Stratton in time to take second place in this unique event.

Free skier Ali Perotti (Canaan, CT) returned to her roots with a win at a slopestyle event at Powder Ridge, CT. Alpine skier Alex Welter (Babylon, NY) headed to the U16 Eastern finals at Sugarloaf, ME, where she finished 16th overall on Saturday.

Free skiers Connor Clayton and Chris Frulla (both of W. Simsbury, CT), headed west on Tuesday to compete in the USSA Junior Nationals in Park City, Utah. Invitees have also been announced for the 25th anniversary USASA Nationals, to be held at Copper Mountain. CO. This year, the event has received silver level sanctioning form the AFP (Association of Freeskiing Professionals.) Snowboarders Alex Atno, Max Lyons, McCarthy, Gormley, Bradley Harper, and Hsueh, and freeskiers Caroline Claire, Monica Frulla, Chris Frulla, Clayton, Kirk Scully, Calvin Lyons, Thomas Neal and River Kerns all qualified to make the trip.

On March 2 and 3, Alpine skiers Arianna Welter (Babylon, NY) and Tess Beyer (Brewster, NY) were at Mount Willard, NY, for U12 slalom competition. Welter won the event and Beyer took sixth overall. These placements secured their rankings in the top 10 Southern Vermont skiers in their age class, and qualified both to take part in the Piche Invitational, a slalom and giant slalom competition at Gunstock, NH.

Okemo was the place to be for MSA riders and freeskiers, who competed in a Southern Vermont Series halfpipe event there on Saturday, March 1. Snowboarders McCarthy and Gormley dominated the junior men’s division (ages 16-17), taking the gold and silver respectively. Ali Hsueh took first among Youth Women (ages 14-15), and Bradley Harper (W. Simsbury, CT) came in third among youth men. Among the freeskiers, Thomas Neal (Wallingford, CT) captured the top spot for skier men (ages 13-15), closely following by teammate River Kerns (Saratoga Springs, NY), who came in third.
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