Copper Series riders clean up at USASA Nationals |

Copper Series riders clean up at USASA Nationals


LAKE TAHOE, Calif. ” In its 20th year, the Copper Series was well represented at the USA Snowboard Association nationals, March 31 to April 7 at Northstar in Lake Tahoe, Calif.

Led by Dillon’s Stephanie Carpenter, who won the halfpipe and slopestyle competitions in the Women Jams 18-22-year-old category, 125 members of the local series brought home 108 medals (41 gold, 38 silver and 29 bronze). Intermountain Snowboard Series representatives finished second in the gold medal count with 35, while collecting 66 total medals.

Other Copper riders who were victorious at Northstar included adaptive female rider Bibian Mentel (slalom, giant slalom, halfpipe and slopestyle), William Putnam (halfpipe, Kahuna Men 50-59), Cindy Kleh (giant slalom, Legend Women 40-49), Michael Trapp (GS, Open Men), Spencer Shaw (slalom, GS, boardercross, Breaker Boys 12-13), Mike Dresser (slopestyle, Men Jams 18-22), Brooke Shaw (GS, boardercross, Open Women), Kevan Beall (slalom, giant slalom, Youth Men 14-15), Allen Buttner (boardercross, Senior Men 23-29), Madeline Shaffrick (GS, Breaker Girls 12-13), Carter Smalley (GS, boardercross, Menehune Boys 10-11), Arielle Gold (halfpipe, Menehune Girls 10-11), Taylor Gold (halfpipe, Breaker Boys 12-13), Jill Laffin (slalom, Legend Women 40-49) and Tara Dalka (slalom, Master Women 30-39).

“I am truly thankful that I’ve been given the opportunity to witness first hand their growth in riding, skills and personal character,” said Copper Series director Paul Krahulec. “And not just for the kids going to nationals, but for all those who demonstrated the courage to put on a bib, step up and throw down.”

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