In early April, the largest Killington Mountain School squad yet qualified for USASA Nationals at Copper Mountain. Fourteen athletes competed in a variety of disciplines including rail jam, slopestyle, boardercross, slalom and giant slalom.
The team had to acclimate to the conditions, including the high altitude at 11,368 feet above sea level as well as fierce competition.
Overall there were classic spring conditions with the occasional snow flurries and wind gusts. Head Coach Devon Gulick and coaches Ryan Sihler and Rachel Zaryck worked with the team to adjust.
The national championships ended a strong overall winter season with the team securing podiums across multiple disciplines.
The athletes were:
Callen Hwang – 3rd Rail Jam
Jess Perlmutter – 1st Rail Jam, 2nd Slopestyle
Kiara Murphy – 3rd Slopestyle
Tanner Hauke – 1st in Boardcross, 1st overall for age group