Freeski Tour '99
Canadian Freeskiing Championships
January 4-8, 2000
Day One: Women's Semi-Finals
"I was pretty mellow. The line I skied wasn't that difficult, but I was pretty solid so the judges gave me points for fluidity," Burge said.
Last year's winner, Linda Peterson from Alta, UT, is currently in second place in front of Whistler local Cara Dolan. Charlotte Moats, who was second in the Rip Curl Heli Challenge five months ago in New Zealand, took fourth in today's semi-final run.
Late in the morning athletes waited for weather conditions to improve, but fog, wind and snow made Chainsaw, an already challenging area, potentially unsafe due to poor visibility or flat light. So organizers made the decision to move the women's semi-finals to the alternate venue, and athletes agreed. The guys had the day off and some went shredding around the mountain (a.k.a. freeskiing), but many watched in support of their fellow female rippers. Friday, they'll get their chance to go for it in the men's semi-finals.
Event organizers will now plan to use their backup day on Saturday to insure that this World Tour event will be judged on as many runs as possible. Friday's venue will depend on weather conditions, but with this crowd, and this mountain, the day is sure to be outrageous.
Michelle Quigley, chasing shralpers for MountainZone.com