Kelowna based freeride Coach Claire Cipeletti embraces her pupil and competitor Gabriella Guarducci before she drops into her final run in the IFSA regional junior freeski open hosted at Revelstoke Mountain Resort on March 24 and 25. Guardicci finished 3rd in the female 15 - 18 category. “It was really great to see the kids enjoying themselves this weekend,” said Cipeletti. (Jake Sherman/Revelstoke Review)

PHOTOS: Revelstoke Mountain Resort hosts junior freeride competition

Youth age 9 to 18 competed in 3 categories

The energy was electric at the top of Revelstoke Mountain Resort’s (RMR) “Separate Reality” this weekend. On Saturday and Sunday about 50 youth aged nine to 18 from around the province were out at RMR competing for freeride supremacy.

The Junior Freeride Open was sanctioned by the International Freeride Ski and Snowboard Association (IFSA), which was started in 1996 by pro skier Shane McConkey to provide a governing body for the developing sport. Today it is the primary governing, judging, and ranking body for big mountain ski and snowboarding in North America.

Freeride skiing takes place on ungroomed terrain where athletes are judged according to their speed, line choice, control, fluidity, technique, air, style and energy.

The IFSA junior freeride regional event was judged by Jeff Holden, Rene Crawshaw, Luke Nelson, Brian Coles, and Reid Stanker, who summed the total of the competitors two runs.

Kelowna-based freeride coach Claire Cipeletti, who stood at the top cheering and pumping up Gabriella Guarducci, said it was really fun to see the kids pushing and challenging each other. She said she loves coming to RMR because the resort always rolls out the red carpet for the kids.

“It’s been really great to see the kids enjoying themselves this weekend,” said Cipeletti. “And amazing to be here.”

The resort hosted the two-day competition on “Seperate Reality.”

The first day of the IFSA Freeride World Tour qualifier took place on the same terrain earlier this year. That means that athletes as young as nine years old this weekend were competing on the same slope as those over 18 and hoping to turn professional.

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The final scores represented the sum of both runs, and the young athletes competed in three separate and gender specific categories.

Those were: under 12, 12 – 14, and 15 – 18.

Whistler locals Kayla Constantini and Dane Jewett placed first in the female and male under 12 category.

Rossland based Erin Flood and Nelsonite Ryan Kelly finished first in the female and male 12 – 14 category.

Aoife Ganoon out of Whistler, and Simon Hillis out of Rossland, took home first place in the female and male 15 – 18 category.

Revelstokian Ryland Grim and Foster Katchen both competed in the 15 – 18 and 12 – 13 categories.

Grim placed 9th in the 15 – 18 category. Katchen finished 13th in the 12 – 14.

It was Katchen’s third time competing and first time making it to the finals.

Grim was trying to boost his score from previous freeski events over the season to make it to the NORAM finals in Utah. He placed third in Kicking Horse and eighth at Whitewater earlier in the year.

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Kelowna based freeride coach Claire Cipeletti coaches Gabriella Guarducci before she drops into her final run in the IFSA regional Jr. freeride open. Guardicci finished 3rd in the female 15 - 18 category. (Jake Sherman/Revelstoke Review)

RMR Patrol Elliot “Moose” Brooks looks on from the top of “Separate Reality” as competitors get ready to drop into their second lap of the competition on March, 25, 2018. (Jake Sherman/Revelstoke Review)

Local Ryland Grim shares some stoke before dropping into his second lap. Grim finished 9th in the 15 - 18 category during the IFSA Junior Freeride Open. (Jake Sherman/Revelstoke Review)

Judges Jeff Holden, Rene Crawshaw, Luke Nelson, Brian Coles, and Reid Stanker score athletes from the bottom of “Seperate Reality” during the IFSA Jr. Freeride Open at Revelstoke Mountain Resort. (Jake Sherman/Revelstoke Review)

RMR patrol Aaron ‘Nugget’ Theberge, Hamish ‘Turbo Dellow, Elliot ‘Moose’ Brooks, and RMR Ski instructor Elliot Lowbridge, take in the action from the top of the course during the IFSA Junior freeride open. (Jake Sherman/Revelstoke Review)

Kelowna based freeride Coach Claire Cipeletti coaches Gabriella Guarducci before she drops into her final run in the IFSA regional Jr. Freeride open. Guardicci finished 3rd in the female 15 - 18 category. (Jake Sherman/Revelstoke Review)

Dane Jewett, Marek Krampl, Floyd Guy, Toby Hillis, and Charlie Turner shared the podium in the male under 12 category during the IFSA Jr. Freeride Open at Revelstoke Mountain Resort. (Jake Sherman/Revelstoke Review)

Kayla Constantini, Hanna Krampl, Zahra Dimma, Vanessa Hutchinson, and Kadence Witzel shared the podium in the Female under 12 category during the Jr. Freeride open at RMR. (Jake Sherman/Revelstoke Review)

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