Skiers master moguls at Chapman Hill

Jeremiah St. Ours/Courtesy photo

George McQuinn of the Purgatory Freestyle Team launched into a D spin during the aerial competition last weekend at Chapman Hill. Skiers from throughout the USSA Rocky Mountain Division competed in the two-day BP Bump Off, and McQuinn took two golds in aerials.

Herald Staff Report

The top junior freestyle skiers in the United States Ski and Snowboard Association Rocky Mountain Division descended on downtown Durango – Chapman Hill – for a two-day competition for aerialists and mogul skiers.

The skiers battled soggy conditions but managed to stage mogul, dual moguls and double aerials at the first BP Bump Off last weekend.

Teams from Winter Park, Vail, Telluride and Purgatory participated on the new, lengthened course at Chapman Hill.

The course was reshaped and the face of the hill contoured last fall.

The Purgatory Freestyle Team’s girls were led by Hannah Smith, who continued her quest to make the U.S. Junior Nationals team.

Smith placed first for J2 skiers and fourth overall in moguls, with teammate Natalie Youssef runner-up in the J2 race and fifth overall.

Rachel Ensign posted a personal best on her way to a fourth-place J2 finish.

Trudy Mickel won the J4 competition, with teammate Amina Youssef second.

Sadie Smith finished fifth for J3 girls, with Ellie Duke seventh.

Leading the Purgatory boys was Nathan Youssef, who placed ninth overall in a field of 33 skiers. He was fifth in the J1 division, posting the second highest scoring run of his career.

George McQuinn posted his top scoring run of the season on his way to a third-place J3 finish. He was followed by Shane Ellis (fifth), Coleman Bader (sixth) and Lane McClure (seventh).

Jimmy Pope, T.J. Rifkin and Berr Kilgo rounded out the J3 skiers. They were 10 through 12, respectively.

Carter McQuinn, Max Wilson, Emmet Stottlemyer and Tanner Murphy went 1 through 4 for J4 skiers.

Charlie Mickel and Cole Alexus went 1-2 for the J6/J5 boys.

On Sunday, the dual moguls featured Durango’s Sadie Smith in the finals. She landed in second place overall after outdueling her sister Hannah, who took third. Natalie Youssef finished seventh.

Eight-year-old Charlie Mickel bumped McQuinn to take ninth-place honors.

The Purgatory team took to the air for a double aerial event after duals, and McQuinn took two gold medals.

Trudy Mickel earned gold and silver.

Pope added a silver and bronze, and Sadie Smith won gold and bronze.

Natalie Youssef and Bader added silver medals, with Hannah Smith and Max Wilson earning bronze.

Fourth- through eighth-place finishes were posted by Murphy, Kilgo, McClure and Carter McQuinn.

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