Gunn goes off at Copper Mountain slopestyle event |

Gunn goes off at Copper Mountain slopestyle event

Ryan Slabaugh

COPPER MOUNTAIN – Ed Gunn came from Scotland last fall with plans to spend a few months in the mountains teaching kids to snowboard at Keystone.

“I’m going home when the snow runs out,” the 18-year-old said.

But Gunn decided to try his luck at a competition Sunday at Copper Mountain, and took home first place in the men’s 18-22 Open Jam category at the U.S.A. Snowboard Association slopestyle competition.

A combination rodeo-7 to a cork-9 earned him the win, which surprised him.

“I’m a haggis hunter,” Gunn said. “On special occasions, we’ll wear our kilts.

” do that. But I’ve never done this.”

A few Summit County rippers found the podium on Sunday. Dillon’s Flynt Doyle won the grommet boys competition and Dillon’s Chaz Charbonneau won the menehune boys group.

Dillon’s Jack Balerud took second in the breaker boys, while Breckenridge’s Christopher Willet took home bronze. Dillon’s Jake Black won the youth men category, while Silverthorne’s Lance Machado placed runner-up in the junior men group.

Jennifer Nagle won the women’s jam group.

The best of the 114 competitors also showed off their skills in an open rail jam at the base of Copper Mountain after the competition. It’s the first local stop for the Trans-Am event, put on by TransWorld Snowboarding.

Ryan Slabaugh can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 257, or at

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