By Mike Rogge
Once again skiers descended upon the nicely groomed Slopestyle course, only this time it was the ladies battling it out in the Women’s Slopestyle Exhibition. The ladies were given two runs to throw down their best tricks. Leading the pack was Canadian Kaya Turski. Turski threw down technical rail tricks such as 270’s on and off and an impressive front side swap on the trap. Equally impressive were Kaya’s tricks on the last two jumps; a smooth 540 to a cab 720 executed more cleanly than has ever been seen in a women’s contest.
Kim Lamarre killed the rails with a backside switch up on the trapezoid, which she followed up by lofty 180 to zero spin reminiscent of the former slope dominator, Pep Fujas. Coming in third was Ms. Sarah Burke, who lofted a beautiful 900 on the bottom jump that was as well-grabbed as it was well-received by the large Mount Snow crowd. Rounding out the Women’s Slopestyle Exhibition in fourth and fifth places were Grete Elliason and Kristi Leskinen, respectively. An impressive exhibition for the ladies has made one thing clear here at Mount Snow; Women’s Skiing has arrived.