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A-Basin Mogul Masters contest wraps up season for alpine freestylers

ARAPAHOE BASIN – Visibility wasn’t on the side of skiers competing in the 14th annual Moguls Masters competition Saturday at Arapahoe Basin.

Plenty of crashes and zany costumes characterized the event, which was dominated by skiers from Team Summit’s freestyle group.

“We pretty much dominated it,” said Team Summit freestyle coach Chris Carson. “Visibility was a little tough, but we got some new snow and we had some awesome crashes – some of the best all season.”

One such crash was claimed by Team Summit’s Jenny Haywood, who took third behind her teammate Caitlin Shay (first) and Sara Robbins (second) in the female elite division after experimenting with a heli on her air and not quite landing it.

“Crashing helis is more of my trademark,” she said afterwards. “I landed one in the training run, sort of. I’ll plan to train on those all summer.”

“I stuck mine,” Shay said. “I’m trying to work those into my routine.”

Helis are getting to be old hat for Kris Pepe and Justin Henceroth who took first and second in the male elite division Saturday.

The contest marked the last of the season, and Henceroth, 16, had the season of his life, landing on the podium in nearly every competition and beating several older skiers in the CU contest on A-Basin’s Slalom Slope earlier this season. He wrapped up the season ranked 46th in the nation for mogul skiers, fourth for his age group and first in the Rocky Mountain Division. He also landed sponsorships from the likes of Voikl, Technica and Marker as well as local sponsors A-Basin and the Dillon Dam Brewery.

“It’s been a breakthrough season for me,” Henceroth said. “A lot of good things have been happening for me lately. This contest was fun, it’s sort of wrapping things up, and I’ll do a lot of training this summer. I’m going to Whistler, (Canada) for a two-week camp this summer then to Switzerland in the fall.”

Vail’s Heidi Kloser won the youth female category, while Team Summit’s Mikaela Mathews and Rebecca Miller took second and third. The competitors said the course on Lower International proved a bit challenging.

“It was kind of messed up, the bumps were all over the place,” said Miller, who was the national devo champion this season. “It’s more of a fun competition. It’s all over now except for camps this summer.”

Charlie Procknow, Riley Cambell and Zack Fretz finished 1-2-3 in the youth male division and Eric Morse, Charlie Barrett and Brandon Quinn filled the podium in the recreational men’s division.

Although competition has wrapped up for alpine moguls skiers, A-Basin hosts a telemark moguls competition at 11 a.m. Saturday on the same course – Lower International. Tele skiers of all abilities and ages are welcome. For more information, call (970) 496-7007.

Shauna Farnell can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 236, or at sfarnell@summitdaily.com.

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