Freeskiing Programs

Krass Tops The North Face PPOS Finale

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USSA
2014-03-17 13:09
 

HEAVENLY MOUNTAIN RESORT, CA (March 17) – The 2014 season of The North Face Park and Pipe Open Series presented by Nissan concluded this past Saturday, March 15 with slopestyle skiing finals at Heavenly Mountain Resort. Olympian Julia Krass (Hanover, NH) took the top spot in women’s slopestyle, while Scott Nelson (Darien, CT) earned the victory for the men. Special guest appearances by Olympic halfpipe skiing gold medalists Maddie Bowman (S. Lake Tahoe, CA) and David Wise (Reno, NV) kicked off the weekend. Founded in 2010, The North Face PPOS is a pro-am freeskiing tour featuring slopestyle, halfpipe, big air and rail jam skiing competitions.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The 2014 season of The North Face Park and Pipe Open Series presented by Nissan concluded this past Saturday, March 15 with sunny slopestyle skiing finals at Heavenly Mountain Resort.
  • Olympian Julia Krass (Hanover, NH) took the top spot in women’s slopestyle, coming off her 11th-place performance at the slopestyle skiing debut at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games. She posted the two highest scores of the day, putting down a 91.33 on her first run and 94.00 on the second.
  • Jackie Kling (Philadelphia, PA) earned second place after her win at the Stratton Mountain Resort PPOS stop, while Nadia Gonzales (Angel Fire, NM) finished third.
  • Krass’s winning run: lipslide on the down rail, rightside cork 720 tail, leftside cork 720, leftside blind 270 off the cannon and then a front swap on the down box.
  • Scott Nelson (Darien, CT) earned the victory for the men with a 92.00, while the fight for second and third turned into an all-out battle with four skiers landing progressive runs that all scored within two points.
  • Carson LeHouillier (Incline Village, NV) ended up in second with Jonah Williams (Ogden, UT) third.
  • Nelson’s winning run: switch leftside tails 270, pretzel to forward on the down rail, rightside double underflip 900 rev-mute, switch leftside 900 mute, blind 810 out of the cannon and switch rightside tails 270 into the second down of the quad kink.
  • Top athletes were awarded prize money from a $17,500 purse as well as AFP Gold Level points.
  • Sunny skies and fast, soft snow above the deep blue of Lake Tahoe provided the perfect setting for a competition on the Ante Up Park at Heavenly Mountain Resort.
  • Special guest appearances by Olympic halfpipe skiing gold medalists Maddie Bowman (S. Lake Tahoe, CA) and David Wise (Reno, NV) kicked off the weekend.
  • Saturday’s event marked the fourth and final stop of The North Face Park and Pipe Open Series presented by Nissan. Founded in 2010, the PPOS is a freeskiing tour featuring slopestyle, halfpipe, big air and rail jam skiing competitions. As one of the only open-format event series, amateurs have the opportunity to compete alongside top pros.

QUOTES
Julia Krass
This was a super fun event. The weather was perfect. All the ladies were really laying down some solid runs as well.

Scott Nelson
I was really happy with my run today. It has been a great season for me so far and I am looking forward to a few competitions still remaining.

Mike Laroche, Head PPOS Judge
Today was a great event at Heavenly Mountain Resort. Judging was a difficult task with such high level performances executed by so many of the athletes. The smallest details were analyzed to separate the competition. The course also required athletes to diversify their rail tricks in order to make it on the podium.

RESULTS
Official Men’s Results
Official Women’s Results

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