1st Annual Targhee Tee Off Adult Freeride Competition

The 1st Annual Targhee Tee Off Adult Freeride Ski Competition was held at Grand Targhee Resort on March 7th & 8th off of Peaked Mountain’s north ridge.  This event was the first of four of its kind to take place this month with Adult Snowboarding being March 14th & 15th, Junior Ski March 21st & 22nd, and Junior Snowboard March 28th & 29th. 

Athletes from the area as well as places such as Aspen, Sun Valley, Whistler, Mammoth, and Montana all came into town to see what we had to offer.  I think they were impressed.  “This was one of the most fun venues I have been on” said the men’s champion Bryce Newcomb and the women’s champion, Sonja Lercher  commented “What a great event, I will be back next year for sure!”  Local Targhee race coach Brady Johnston said “This was my first event and it was a blast!”  The judging staff of myself (Mike Leake), Crystal Wright, and Chris Kitchen all agreed that the field could not have been much closer and we were all impressed with the skiing.

The weeks prior to and of the event, I had several friends from the Freeskiing World Tour tell me that they wanted to come through Targhee and compete on their way to Snowbird for the US Freeskiing Nationals.  Ollie Nieuwland-Zlotnicki and Jason Brown came in from Aspen, while Sonja Lercher and Bryce Newcomb came in from Whistler and Sun Valley.  We basically turned my parents house into a hostel with these four staying there, plus one of our judges, Crystal Wright from Jackson.  I really appreciated all of them being a part of this first event! And yes, it was just a coincidence that the winners were staying at the Leake Hostel!!!  What can I say, they skied awesome!!!

On day one the skies spontaneously turned blue and patrol gave us the go-ahead to start the event in the Bobcat and Reliable areas off of Peaked Ridge.  With a small field and great weather we decided to run two runs on Saturday.  Greg Stump and Micah Black were announcing and we had quite the crowd gathered at the base of the venue throughout the day.  Day two proved to be a bit more adverse with low visibility we were not only unable to run the finals from the top of the famous Pink Slip, but we were forced to end the event based off of the cumulative score from the two runs the previous day.  This decision was made in part by the athletes I might add.  So Sunday the athletes skied  pow, we held the awards and the athletes were able to put in some serious Trap Bar time!  Result were as follows:

  NAME

RUN#1

RUN#2

TOTAL

1

SONYA LERCHER

80

97

177

2

TAMARA GUTTMAN

76

87.5

163.5

3

SASHA DINGLE

68.5

83.5

152

         

1

BRYCE NEWCOMB

117

104.5

221.5

2

JIMMY GREENLEAF

111

107

218

3

BRADY JOHNSTON

99

101.5

200.5

4

KEVIN CALLAHAN

101.5

88.5

190

5

TYLER HORNE

111.5

77.5

189

6

JASON BROWN

99.5

87.5

187

7

CASEY FENGER

80.5

86.5

167

8

JIM BOB SCHELL

74

89.5

163

9

JEDIDIAH GETZLAFF

84.5

68

152

10

OLLIE NIEUWLAND-ZLOTNICKI

69.5

DNS

 69.5

Brady Johnston, our local race coach, skied great taking 3rd in his very first freeride event and winning the TetonFreeRide.com Sickbird award.  It was sick, he lost a ski on his second to last air, still sticking it, and continued to hit his last air & stick it on one ski.  All of the judges agreed that we would let his run stand.  This award will be renamed by Brady and he is open for suggestions!!!  End the end, though we had a small field, the athletes, event staff, and judging staff were all stoked and that is what it is all about.  It was seriously like a mini-golf tourney between friends…everyone put some $ in the pot and winners take all!!!  Stay tuned to grandtarghee.com and tetonfreeride.com for the event video to be posted soon!!!! 

A special thanks to all the sponsors, Grand Targhee Resort, Teton HD, and all of the athletes!  Also, a big thanks to my TetonFreeRide judging staff of Crystal Wright and Chris Kitchen. 

Grand Targhee Resort, Smith Optics & Helmats, Core Concepts, Skullcandy, Freeskier, Smartwool, DaKine, Peaked Sports, RAW Revolution, and Silver Star

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    After competing on the Freeskiing World Tour on-and-off for 10 years Mikey has transitioned to judging various events and become an advisory board member with the International Freeskiers & Snowboarders Association (IFSA). Over the past 13 years he has worked in the ski industry through skiing as an athlete, coach, guide, ski patrol, event coordinator, event judge, marketing consultant, team manager, videographer, and as an associate producer. Mikey has a true passion for the outdoor industry and tries to be involved in every aspect possible.