Photo: Katie Panzer
On Saturday, March 27 the Queens Cup took over the Pick n’ Shovel Park at Park City Mountain Resort for the fifth year in a row. This year’s all-female ski and snow slope style competition attracted 29 ladies to ride with the pros. Competitors were divided into eight teams, allowing amateurs to ride with the big dogs in the game, who act as the team coach. This year Megan Gunning, Becca Babicz, Ashley Battersby, Anna Segal, Mads Baker, Roz Groenewoud, Dania Assaly served as team coaches for the skiers and Erika Vikander as the coach for the ladies snowboard team. The teams each got two runs to prove their worth and were scored first individually and then as an entity. The lady with the top score of the day walked away with a cash prize and each member of the top team of the day walked away with product.
This year the course set up included four jumps, some flat boxes and a few rails. Not surprisingly the jumps saw the majority of the action. In no time at all the girls got to work hucking themselves off these things and before long they were throwing stylish threes, sevens, nines and even some backflips. As members of the teams dropped, competitors from opposing teams sat on the top of the half pipe cheering on their competition. One of the coolest things about this event is the camaraderie between the girls and the positive energy of the day –surely reinforced by the team format of the contest. At the end of the day these are the ladies who walked away with the prizes.
1) Erica Durtschi
2) Eli Miller
3) Ali Agee and Olivia Akerly
1) Melissa Riitano
2) Michelle Zeller
3) Leah Klein
Team Winner: Dania Assaly’s team with
Ali Agee - switch backflip
9-year old Ashton Glass and 8-year old Chandler Ries