Local skier happy with finish at championships
Castlegar skier Jeff Ashton returned home from the International Free Skier Association North American Championships in Snowbird, Utah excited about the competition and happy with his performance.
The 16 year old had a successful qualifier run and headed in to the finals in 33rd place.
Ashton finished the finals in 20th place out of the 91 competitors in the Male 15–18 division.
“The venue was the sickest I have seen,” Ashton said. “I was ‘Stohked’ with the competition. I would also like to say thanks to my sponsors, Outdoor Tech and Stohke Productions. I am looking forward to next season.”
The morning of the competition the slopes were icy and there were a lot of crashes. Ashton made the decision to pick a less aggressive line for his run that would better suit the conditions.
The decision paid off with an excellent run. His combined score was 65.2.
Fellow Red Mountain Academy team mate Toby Sutton came in 17th place with a score of 58.0 in the Female 15-18 competition.
Ashton’s future looks exciting with several more years left to ski in the 15-18 year old division. Photos and video footage of Jeff can be seen on Stohke.com.