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Six members of the Whitefish Mountain Resort Freestyle Ski and Snowboard Team have qualified for the United States of America Snowboard Association (USASA) National Championships at Copper Mountain Resort in Colorado.
Lauren Baumgardiner, Marley Rodwick, Chazz Roberts and Baylon Connolly, of Kalispell, Mont., qualified, along with Meredeth Reed and Danner Pickering, of Whitefish, Mont. Each of them will be traveling with families and coaches to Colorado to represent Whitefish and the Inland Northwest division of USASA. The group includes both skiers and snowboarders.
Whitefish Mountain Resort hosted two events in the Inland Northwest Series this season in conjunction with the USASA. Other resorts hosting events in the series were Schweitzer, Mount Spokane, 49 Degrees North, Lookout Pass and Silver Mountain. To qualify for nationals, participants were required to earn the most points overall in their age category for a specific event, such as HalfPipe, SlopeStyle, Giant Slalom, Slalom, or BoarderCross/SkierCross. Despite its name, the USASA system has branched out to include ski events in addition to snowboard events in recent years.
Last year, the Whitefish Mountain Resort Freestyle Team brought home one gold and one bronze from Nationals.
“We’re taking some very talented kids this year,” said head coach Steve Knox. “I know they’ll make us proud.”
Full details of the USASA National Championships can be found at the organization’s Web site.