Team Summit Colorado scores top finishes at IFSA Junior Freeride Championships |

Team Summit Colorado scores top finishes at IFSA Junior Freeride Championships

Grifen Moller, 16, took the top spot for Team Summit at the IFSA Junior Freeride Championships at Grand Targhee, Wyoming, with a sixth-place for the day and third overall for the season.
Courtesy of Team Summit Colorado |

The International Freeskiers and Snowboarders Association (IFSA) completed two days of qualifiers, Thursday, April 9, and Friday, April 10, at Grand Targhee, Wyoming, for the Junior Freeride Championships, with the finals taking place on Saturday, April 11.

The championships brought together the top 160 athletes, ages 12 to 18, from Canada and the United States to compete for the event championship title and to decide the season’s overall winner (top scores from the season, including the championship).

The IFSA finals on Saturday, proved to be a solid day for Team Summit, with four of the five men — Grifen Moller, 16; Pierce McCrerey, 17; Cam Dudiak, 16; and Keenan Hursh, 18 — advancing out of elimination rounds the day before in the 15-to-18 age group and Cole Miller advancing in the age 12-to-14 snowboarder division.

“All of our athletes who competed on Friday put down solid, stand-up runs against a very talented and deep field,” said Ryan VanNyes, head Team Summit big-mountain coach. “It is great to see all the hard work from these boys paying off at nationals after such a strong season.”

Competitors kept their scores from Friday, adding Saturday’s scores to them. Moller took the top spot for Team Summit, placing sixth for the day and third overall for the season.

With his results, Moller secured a spot in the Junior Worlds Big Mountain competition in Europe next year.

McCrerey ended up in eighth, throwing two giant 360s in his final competition before heading to college next year. Dudiak and Hursh each finished their seasons with top-20 finishes at these championships, and Miller placed fourth for the day in the 12-to-14 boys’ snowboarder division and second overall for the season.

“I’m psyched for Moller,” VanNyes said. “He set a goal of making it to the Junior Worlds. Both Moller and Dudiak have one more year in their age group, and I am looking forward to seeing what next year brings for them.”

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